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Parker, Maceo / Wdr Big Band / Roots & Grooves
Album:Roots & Grooves Collection:Jazz
Artist:Parker, Maceo / Wdr Big Band Added:Mar 2008
Label:Heads Up International 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2008-03-09 Pull Date:2008-05-11 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:May 11May 4Apr 27Apr 20Apr 13Apr 6Mar 30Mar 23

 Recent Airplay
1.Feb 07, 2022:Good Day Sunshine (with Rick Stevens of T.O.P.) (rebroadcast from Jul 9, 2013)
To Be Or Not To Be
4.Jan 23, 2016:the pocket
Uptown Up
2.Aug 05, 2017:No Old Fart, No Minimum
Pass The Peas
5.Mar 13, 2014:Sunshine . . . in the Afternoon!
(12:50 p.m.) Off The Hook
3.Jul 15, 2016:Rebop
Busted, Hallelujah I Love Her So
6.Mar 10, 2014:Happy Hour
Pass The Peas

Album Review
Reviewed 2008-03-08 
MACEO PARKER: Roots & Grooves
Heads Up, 2008

The former James Brown sideman plays his funky alto saxophone in concert with a German big band, and sounds surprisingly natural doing it. Disc 1 is a tribute to Ray Charles, and when Maceo sings (!) you’ll swear it’s Ray himself. Disc 2 is more of a straight-up funk jam with a tight rhythm section. Both are great: way, way better than I expected.

Fo’s Picks: Disc 1 – 1, 2, 4, 8 Disc 2 – 1, 2, 6


1. 6:38 – rollicking, good-time instrumental: good sax & organ solos; fun!
2. 3:54 – relaxed tempo, world-weary vocal, lots of brass, bluesy guitar
3. 6:13 – instrumental, nice walking groove & flashy horn arrangement
4. 6:24 – sweet ballad, outstanding vocals channel Ray Charles perfectly
5. 5:09 – hepcat stomp, cool vocals & tenor sax, song is only 3:43
6. 6:02 – big Vegas sound, relaxed tune, warm vocal
7. 6:17 – laid-back “Georgia” with heartfelt vocal & Fender Rhodes
8. 9:36 – the big finale: a rolling, uptempo hip-shaker


1. 5:58 – medium-tempo funk groove; pure Maceo
2. 6:23 – slightly faster: supercool funky riffs, goofy vocal, hot sax duel
3. 8:03 – funky slide: cool sax but the big band doesn’t work for me here
4. 7:11 – brassy swagger, a slow burn with hot trumpet & organ
5. 7:08 – relaxed tempo, digs in nicely but feels restrained
6. 17:48 – midtempo jam, just keeps going and going… 6-minute drum solo!

[ Fo ] 8-Mar-08

Track Listing
1.Hallelujah I Love Her So 8.What'd I Say
2.Busted 9.Uptown Up
3.Them That's Got 10.To Be Or Not To Be
4.You Don't Know Me 11.Off The Hook
5.Hit The Road Jack 12.Advanced Funk
6.Margie 13.Shake Everything You Got
7.Georgia On My Mind 14.Pass The Peas