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Album Review

A scorching album of funky grooves from Maceo Parker, assisted by the rest of the JB's on backing horns. The album was recorded in concert at a club called Stadtgarten in Cologne, Germany, and the crowd seems just as responsive in most ways as any Atlanta mob. Along with the JB horns, Vincent Henry accompanies on bass throughout the album/concert. The album starts out with an original Maceo composition, then moves into a pair from his old boss James Brown. After that, there's another Maceo number, a cover of "Addictive Love," a rendition of "Georgia on My Mind," and a composition undertaken by a veritable army of funk veterans. This is probably just about the best solo Maceo Parker album there is, at least until the release of Funkoverload. If you're a funk fan, or a soul-jazz fan, this album might just provide what you need. Maceo on his own always provides a nice collection of soul and funk, and this one is no exception.

Customer Reviews

One of the greatest live recordings PERIOD (.)

I would have everyone on planet Earth take lessons from Maceo. When will they release Apple TV [Halogram v 3.7] so he can jam on your kitchen counter while you're making bacon?? If you don't get this album right now (unless you've already got it, then you're cool) I will right a letter to your congress person saying your jurisdiction is in need of music help. Bad. In summation: it is an awesome funky recording with great solos from Mr. Parker.


What a wonderful album. A drummer friend of mine introduced me to Maceo, saying "this is the funkiest CD you will ever own." Well, I don't think he was far off. What a tight band. Fred Wesley is pretty nasty too. Maceo is a great improviser to learn from too - he knows when to keep it simple, but always keeps it in the pocket. You can tell he loves what he does.

One of the best albums. EVER

Forget Live At The Apollo, this is without a doubt the funkiest live record of all time. If you can't dance to this then you are either dead, disabled, or more musically ignorant than a deaf caterpillar. I mean, when Maceo starts going up in half steps during his solo in Shake Everything, you feel like standing up on your feet and cheering like all of the audience members in the German crowd (this was recorded in GERMANY people. If they are that reactive to him over there, imagine what a show in New Orleans would be like). And who would have thought the world's worst little pop tune could turn into such a fabulous soul song (see addictive love). I agree with your friend the drummer, this is the funkiest cd you wil ever own. Period.


Born: February 14, 1943 in Kinston, NC

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the key sonic architects of funk, Maceo Parker first became a legend for his work with James Brown, whose impassioned shouts for a sax solo ("Maceo! Blow your horn!") would make Parker the Godfather of Soul's most famous sideman, though Parker would continue to enjoy a successful career long after leaving Brown's employ. Maceo Parker was born on February 14, 1943 in Kinston, North Carolina. Parker's mother and father both had an appreciation for music and sang in their church's choir, but...
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