Maceo Parker & WDR Big Band Cologne feat. Rodney "Skeet" Curtis & Poogie Bell
Maceo Parker (vocals, alto sax); Michael Abene (Leader, arrangements); Karolina Strassmayer, Heiner Wiberny (alto sax); Paul Heller, Olivier Peters (tenor sax); Jens Neufang (baritone sax); Ruediger Baldauf, Wim Both, Rob Bruynen, Andy Haderer, John Marshall (trumpet); Dave Horler, Bernt Laukamp, Ludwig Nuss (trombone); Mattis Cederberg (bass trombone); Paul Shigihara (guitar); Frank Chastenier (piano); Rodney "Skeet" Curtis (bass); Poogie Bell (drums).
Sun 13 July 2008 21:00 - 22:15 Nile
WDR/Foto Ines Kaiser
Alto saxophonist Maceo Parker once provided a vital element of the driving beat that propelled James Brown across the stage. He also worked on the alternative funk style of George Clinton and Bootsy Collins. At the same time, Parker was building a solo career and he released many albums under his own name. The majority of these albums were swinging and energetic. Parker had learned a great deal from his famous band leaders. The double CD Roots & Grooves with the WDR Big Band was the next milestone in his career. On this album Parker placed his funk in a setting in which his uplifting music takes on even more color. The first disc is a tribute to Ray Charles. Parker's voice - yes, he sings too - is extremely reminiscent of Charles'. On the second, undiluted funk disc, you can hear that Parker has lost nothing of his edge.