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Maceo Parker (early show)
August 30 @ 7:30 pm
While most sax players have followed in the footsteps of jazz legends like Charlie Parker and John Coltrane, Maceo Parker has consistently marched to a different tune. Since his earliest days, he has gravitated to the more rhythmic and soulful end of the spectrum, following figures like Louis Jordan, Ray Charles and James Brown – all of whom were innovators, each pushing their respective sound and style to the point of becoming something entirely new. It was Parker’s recurring stints in Brown’s band, in fact, that not only produced some of the most enduring entries in the vast canon of American soul music, but also sowed the seeds of the funk revolution of the 1970s. In hindsight, Maceo Parker has been as innovative as the people whom he cites as his own influences.
His most recent album, It’s All About Love (2018), exemplifies this message. It features the WDR Big Band once more, with beautiful arrangements by Michael Abene – all of which feature love in the title. It is a fitting celebration of Maceo’s 75th birthday (on Valentine’s Day, no less) and of the longevity and importance of his role in musical history.
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