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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, Marc Bridle, John Eyles, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke



MACEO PARKER
roots revisited
ARTHAUS DVD 100 194

Crotchet
 
  1. Up 'N' Down East Street
  2. Southwick
  3. In Articulate Speech of the Heart
  4. Peace Fugue
  5. Cold Sweat
  6. Children's World
  7. Everywhere is Out of Town
  8. Doin' It to Death

Maceo Parker - Alto
Pee Wee Ellis - Tenor
Fred Wesley - Trombone
Rodney Jones - Guitar
Larry Goldings - Organ
Jim Madison - Drums

Maceo Parker spent many years in the backing group of Soul Singer James Brown, along with colleagues on this DVD, Alfred 'Pee Wee 'Ellis and Fred Wesley. Maceo formed his band when Brown was imprisoned in 1990.

The showmanship of his years with Brown is in evidence here and the band exhibits more of it then your average jazz outfit, but you can't work in an environment for years, without picking up some of the tricks! Let us make no mistake here, these guys can play, each one is an accomplished musician and the band has a nicely balanced ensemble sound. The music is jazz/funk, but as the title implies there is no doubt where the roots are. Members of the band contribute all the tunes and everyone is featured during the performance, Larry Golding's organ work gives a solid foundation without tending to overpower. Maceo Parker has obviously strong jazz roots and I found this DVD well worth the 58 minutes it takes to listen to it.

D V Mather
Don Mather is a saxophone player and Bandleader in Coventry



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