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Parker, Maceo / Wdr Big Band / Roots & Grooves
Album:Roots & Grooves Collection:Jazz
Artist:Parker, Maceo / Wdr Big Band Added:03/2008
Label:Heads Up International 

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Add Date:2008-03-09 Pull Date:2008-05-11 Charts:Jazz
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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