Philip was recently asked to write the liner notes for Maceo Parker's new album, The Bremen Concert - which has just been released.
Maceo Parker made his name as one of James Brown's key sideman, playing sax on the Godfather of Soul's great 1960s releases, and later working with George Clinton's Funkadelic/Parliament outfits and Bootsy Collins. When Maceo struck out on his own he had an immediate success with the 1990 album Roots Revisited which allowed him to go back to the music he grew up with, from Ray Charles to 'Over The Rainbow'. After its release he went out on the road with fellow JB brass section stalwarts Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley, and a younger jazz-orientated rhythm section led by Larry Goldings on organ. 25 years on, the new CD captures the band live in November 1990 on tour in Germany in all their funk-jazz-soulful finery.
As Maceo told Philip, 'Llistening back to this show, I got a warm feeling, the glow you have when you appreciate other musicians. Larry, Rodney, Bill, Fred, Pee Wee. Good Lord. It makes me swell with pride.’
Maceo Parker is in the UK in mid-November at Under The Bridge in Chelsea as part of the London Jazz Festival: we'll report back from the gig...