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Maceo Parker’s Roots and Grooves was half genius, half missed opportunity

Maceo Parker’s Roots and Grooves was half genius, half missed opportunity

Released 10 years ago today, this album found Maceo Parker trying another fun experiment with history and sound, but with mixed results.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Roll Of The Dice” (1992)

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Roll Of The Dice” (1992)

For a few seconds here, you might be fooled into thinking this was the E Street Band. An aggressive snap-roll of the drums, a single guitar chord, and a joyous piano figure sure did sound about right.

Denny Seiwell on Wings, and other things: ‘Play with one Beatle, and it really f*cks up your jazz career’

Denny Seiwell on Wings, and other things: ‘Play with one Beatle, and it really f*cks up your jazz career’

Denny Seiwell had played with Zoot Sims and J.J. Johnson before joining Paul McCartney and Wings. His work on 1971’s Ram, in fact, arrived even as he played dates with Billy Joel and James Brown, among others.

One Track Mind: Vintage Trouble, “Blues Hand Me Down” (2011)

Sometimes I hear a song and within a few minutes I manage to convince myself that everybody in my immediate area must feel the same way that I do about.

Something Else! sneak peek: Matthew Shipp – Greatest Hits (2013)

I know what you’re thinking — How the hell can a guy have a Greatest Hits record when I’ve never heard of him??!! Well, that’s what I used to think about Gino Vannelli until…OK, I still think that about Gino Vannelli.

'A big event in my life': Doobie Brothers' Tom Johnston recalls titanic James Brown show

Tom Johnston, longtime frontman of the Doobie Brothers, traces his inspirations past other 1970s rock titans — all the way back to Little Richard, blues legends like Albert, Freddie and B.B. King and, especially, James Brown.

Something Else! Featured Artist: The funky, funky JB Horns

James Brown got all of the headlines, be they for his fancy moves, his fancier suits or his brushes with the law. But the JB Horns, those great groovers who provided the punctuation to every grunt, gasp and squeal, remain an underrated element to the legend.

Forgotten series: The JB Horns – Funky Good Time/Live (1993)

by Nick DeRiso Maceo Parker — leader of the ferocious JB Horns, James Brown‘s band and musical backbone back in the day — once put it all in perspective, introducing a song from the stage: “We like to play two percent jazz … and 98 percent funky stuff.”

Maceo Parker – Roots Revisited (1990)

Maceo Parker – Roots Revisited (1990)

Get your hands on Maceo Parker’s ‘Roots Revisited.’ It’s good, organic funky soul covering classic tunes by giants like Ray Charles, Charles Mingus and Sly Stone.

Pee Wee Ellis – Blues Mission (1992)

“Blues Mission” was the first bonafide solo release by Maceo Parker’s running buddy Alfred “Pee Wee” Ellis — one of the funkiest homo sapiens anywhere. Happily included are updated versions of his seminal pieces with James Brown — the immortal, groundbreaking “Cold Sweat,” a sort of emancipation for jazz in the form of a soul-funk voting card. This song isRead More

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