Roots Revisited - The Bremen Concert (Audiophile Edition) Maceo Parker
- 1Mcgriff's Blues (Audiophile Master)14:34
- 2For the Elders (Audiophile Master)13:03
- 3Up & Down East Street (Audiophile Master)09:00
- 4Shake Everything You've Got (Audiophile Master)10:07
- 5Peace Fugue (Audiophile Master)07:25
- 6Everywhere Is out of Town (Audiophile Master)16:29
- 7Inarticulate Speech of the Heart (Audiophile Master)10:34
- 8House Party (Audiophile Master)13:31
- 9People Get Ready / Them That Got (Audiophile Master)13:18
- 10Chicken (Audiophile Master)10:58
- 11Doing It to Death (Audiophile Master)07:20
- 12Soul Power 1990 / Let Him out / Shake Everything You've Got (Audiophile Master)20:57
Info zu Roots Revisited - The Bremen Concert (Audiophile Edition)
2% Jazz, 98% Funky Stuff ist seit Erscheinen des Live-Albums Life on Planet Groove 1992 zum Markenzeichen des Ex-James Brown Saxophonisten Maceo Parker geworden.
Doch angefangen hatte diese explosive Mischung in einem anderen Verhältnis 1990, als sein Solo-Album Roots Revisited in Europa und den USA die Charts hochkletterte: da standen eher Soul, R´n´B und Jazz, eben die Musik mit der er aufwuchs, im Zentrum einer Frischzellenkur. Weil das alles so gar nicht nach Retro klang, sondern die Essenz dieser Musik wieder freispülte, konnte sich ein junges Publikum voll drauf einlassen.
Und mit Fred Wesley und Pee Wee Ellis hatte er nun den besten kleinen Bläsersatz der Welt zur Verfügung. Alle drei konnten ihre Talente als Instrumentalisten, Komponisten, Arrangeure und Stimmungskanonen in Gänze entfalten. Dieses Team gepaart mit einer wesentlichen jüngeren Rhythm Section, die sowohl über die Feinheiten des Jazz verfügte als auch den Eindruck machte, ihren Funk mit der Muttermilch eingesogen zu haben, bildeten eine Band als working team in progress . Maceos Gespür für Talente sollte ihm Recht geben, Bill Stewart und Larry Goldings waren damals noch völlig unbekannt und am Anfang ihrer Karrieren.
In Deutschland fand im Herbst 1990 die erste Tournee statt, wo auch die entscheidenden Vorbereitungen für die Konzeptionierung des Roots Revisited – Albums im damaligen Kölner Büroloft von Minor Music begonnen hatten.
Es gibt immer wieder Europatourneen, die in die Geschichte eingehen und anhand von mehreren Tonträgern auch der Nachwelt einen kleinen Einblick vermitteln, was sie verpasst hat. Miles Davis mit John Coltrane 1960, Charlie Mingus 1964, Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers 1987, Lenny Kravitz 1990 sind ein paar dieser Beispiele, wo jeden Abend eine ungehörte Energie sich kreativ entfesselte.
So geschah es auch in den rund 2 Wochen im Herbst 1990 als Roots Revisited den Grundstein für Maceo Parkers weltweite Solo-Karriere in die Konzertpodien eingroovten. Von den Höhepunkten in Hamburg, Köln und Bremen ist erfreulicherweise das komplette Bremen-Konzert von Radio Bremen bestens konserviert worden, so dass nach sorgfältiger Überspielung der Analog Bändermit modernster Digitaltechnik nun erstmals in optimaler Klangqualität eine Veröffentlichung eines Konzertes dieser Tour vorgelegt werden kann, pünktlich zum 25 jährigen Jubiläum.
Maceo Parker, Altsaxophon
Bill Stewart, Schlagzeug
Rodney Jones, Gitarre
Larry Goldings, Organ
Pee Wee Ellis, Tenorsaxophon
Fred Wesley, Trombone
Recorded live November 7th 1990 at "Modernes", Bremen, Germany
his name is synonymous with Funky Music, his pedigree impeccable; his band: the tightest little funk orchestra on earth.
It's fairly common knowledge that Maceo has played with each and every leader of funk, his start with James Brown, which Maceo describes as "like being at University"; jumping aboard the Mothership with George Clinton; and his ongoing part in Prince's tours. He's the living, breathing pulse which connects the history of Funk in one golden thread. The cipher which unravels dance music down to its core.
"Everything's coming up Maceo," concluded DownBeat Magazine in a 1991 article at the beginning of Maceo Parker's solo career. At the time Maceo was a remembered by aficionados of funk music as sideman; appreciated mainly by those in the know. For the last two decades Maceo Parker has been enjoying a blistering solo career, building a new funk empire; one that is both fresh and stylistically diverse. He navigates deftly between James Brown's 1960's soul and George Clinton's 1970's freaky funk while exploring mellower jazz and the grooves of hip-hop.
His collaborations over the years have included Ray Charles, Ani Difranco, James Taylor, De La Soul, Dave Matthews Band and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. His timeless sound has garnered him a fresh young fan base.
It is almost impossible to separate which came first, Maceo or the funk. The amazing P-funk Parker has been at it with his legendary sound for time that dates back to the 1960's. That's when Maceo and his drummer brother Melvin climbed on board the James Brown funky soul funk train. It wasn't long before James coined the solo summoning signature, "Maceo, I want you to Blow!". To most musicologists it's the musically fertile group of men from this period of James Brown's band who are recognized as the early pioneers of the modern funk and hip-hop whose sounds we still jump to in the present day.
Maceo grew to become the lynch-pin of the James Brown enclave for the best part of two decades. - his signature style helped define James' brand of funk, and the phrase: "Maceo, I want you to Blow!" passed into the language. He's still the most sampled musician around simply because of the unique quality of his sound. There would be other projects and short hiatuses during his on-off time with The Godfather, including a brief spell overseas when he was drafted, and in 1970 when he left to form Maceo and All the Kings Men with some fellow James Brown band members (the two albums from this period are on a constant reissue cycle even some thirty years later.)
It was Maceo's Uncle the front man for a local band; the Blue Notes, who was Maceo's first musical mentor. The three Parker brothers (Maceo, Melvin and trombonist Kellis- later to become Professor of Entertainment law at Columbia University) who formed the "Junior Blue Notes.". When Maceo reached the sixth grade the Junior Blue Notes were brought by their Uncle perform in between sets at his nightclub engagements. It was Maceo's first experience of the stage and one that started his love affair with performing an love which has increased rather than diminished with time.
Maceo grew up admiring saxophonists such as David "Fathead" Newman, Hank Crawford, Cannonball Adderley and King Curtis. "I was crazy about Ray Charles and all his band, and of course particularly the horn players". By the age of 15, Maceo had forged his own style on the tenor sax. "I thought about 'Maceo Parker plays Charlie Parker', and then I thought how about 'Maceo Parker plays Maceo Parker', what would it be like to have young sax players listening to me and emulating my style of playing". Thus the "Maceo sound" we know so well was born.
In the mid '70's Maceo hooked up with George Clinton, and the various incarnations of Funkadelic, Parliament and Bootsy Collins. He now had worked with the figure heads of Funk music at the height of their success. From the breathtaking shows of James Brown to the landing of the Mothership, Maceo has been there: as close as it gets to some of the most exciting moments in musical history, delivering his sound as a constant point of reference.
In 1990 the opportunity came for Maceo to concentrate on his own projects. He released two successful solo albums: Roots Revisited (which spent 10 weeks at the top of Billboard's Jazz Charts in 1990) and Mo' Roots (1991. But it was his third solo album, Maceo's ground breaking CD Life on Planet Groove, recorded live in 1992 which soon became a funk fan favorite. Planet Groove also served as a calling card, boosting Maceo's contemporary career as a solo artist for a college aged audience, and bringing into being his catch phrase "2% Jazz, 98% Funky Stuff."
And so began Maceo's relentless headlining touring. Bringing his top notch, road-tight band and superlong shows to people all over the world. "I feel it's my duty as an artist to go as many places as I can, especially if the people want it." says soft spoken North Carolina native. He doesn't come out on stage in a diaper or a velvet swirling cape, no giant spaceships or 50 person entourages, nothing except the core of his musical soul which he lays open every time he blows his horn.
In 2003, after several years as Band Leader for the Rhythm and Blues Foundation Awards Maceo received a Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation for his contribution as a sideman to the genre of R & B. Since 1999 Maceo has participated in some of Prince's groundbreaking tours when not on the road with his own group, and continues to do so as a special guest when his own schedule allows. Maceo's albums Funk Overload, Dial M-A-C-E-O and Made by Maceo entered the top 40 in the European charts upon release. Dial M-A-C-E-O features guest spots from the Mistress of folk music Ani DiFranco, Prince, and a quite different James from the one we have come to associate with Maceo: James Taylor, while School's In from 2005 is about as Funky as a studio album can be.
At the beginning of 2007 Maceo had a chance to fulfill one of his dreams: working with a Big Band. With Grammy Award Winners the WDR Big Band from Cologne Germany, he broadcast and performed a live series of shows paying tribute to Ray Charles and released the album Roots and Grooves, a live recording taken from these shows which also features Dennis Chambers and Rodney "Skeet" Curtis. The album received huge critical acclaim, and Maceo has followed up with a recording to be released in 2012: Soul Classics. Along with WDR Big Band the album features drummer Cora Dunham Coleman and bassist Christian Mcbride.
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