Saturday, May 21, 2011

Maceo Parker - Southern Exposure

Maceo Parker, best-known for his R&B recordings with and without James Brown, plays strictly jazz on his Novus CD and he is in peak form. Parker's alto sounds close to Hank Crawford at times but with a phrasing of his own. On this well-rounded and consistently memorable release, Parker sticks mostly to funky blues but is also impressive on a boppish version of "The Way You Look Tonight." He splits his time between fronting an organ combo, leading a reunion with fellow Brown alumni trombonist Fred Wesley and tenor-saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis, and on two songs he is joined by the enthuisastic Rebirth Brass Band. Parker only takes one vocal so the emphasis throughout is on his soulful alto, making this among his most rewarding jazz recordings. - by Scott Yanow, AMG

Light the candles, open the red wine, spark up the j_ _ _ t. This CD is an icon of social gatherings and posseses one of the finest jazz/funk sax solos ever heard. I saw Maceo live in the south of France at an outdoor Summer concert. Nothing beats the mood laid down by this Master of Funk! - A customer,

Artist: Maceo Parker
Album: Southern Exposure
Year: 1993
Label: Minor Music
Runtime: 55:43

1.  Blues For Shorty Bill (Maceo Parker) 6:46
2.  Keep On Marching (Joseph "Ziggy" Modeliste/Art Neville/Leo Nocentelli/George Jr. Porter) 6:31
3.  Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (Joe Zawinul) 6:28
4.  Every Saturday Night (Silas Hogan/Jerry West) 5:18
5.  The Way You Look Tonight (Dorothy Fields/Jerome Kern) 6:11
6.  Splashin' (Maceo Parker) 7:00
7.  Walking Home Together (Maceo Parker) 4:57
8.  Sister Sanctified (W.J. Jr. Irvine) 6:39
9.  Fun In The Sun (Maceo Parker) 5:49

Maceo Parker (Alto Saxophone)
Will Boulware (Hammond Organ) - 1,2,4-6,8,9
Leo Nocentelli (Guitar) - 1,2,6,8,9
George Porter Jr. (Bass) - 1,2,6,8,9
Herman Ernest (Drums) - 1,2,6,8,9
Fred Wesley (Trombone) - 4,5
Pee Wee Ellis (Tenor Saxophone) - 4,5
Rodney Jones (Guitar) - 4,5
Bill Stewart (Drums) - 4,5
Kermit Ruffins (Trumpet) - 3,7
Philip Frazier (Tuba) - 3,7
Derrick Shezbie (Trumpet) - 3,7
Stafford Agee (Trombone) - 3,7
Reginald Steward (Trombone) - 3,7
Roderick Paulin (Tenor Saxophone) - 3,7
Ajay Mallory (Snare Drum) - 3,7
Keith Frazier (Bass Drum) - 3,7


  1. Many Many Thanks for this Funky Treat - - I grew up listening to Jams Brown call "Maceo" and hearing him play - - and this album also features him with The JB Horns, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and - 2 of The (Original Funky Four) Meters - Leo Nocentelli & George Porter, Jr....What did somebody say? "Yeah, You Right"
    Give this a listen!



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