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Maceo Parker - saxophone, composer, recording artist, bandleader His name is synonymous with Funk Music, his pedigree impeccable; his band: the tightest little funk orchestra on earth. Maceo Parker is known by aficionados as a James Brown sideman; appreciated mainly by those in the know. More than a decade and a half later Maceo Parker has been enjoying a blistering solo career. He navigates deftly between ‘60's soul and ‘70's freaky funk while exploring mellower jazz and the grooves of hip-hop. Maceo Parker was born and raised in Kinston, North Carolina. His uncle, who headed local band the Blue Notes, was Maceo’s first musical mentor

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Article: Interview

Bill Stewart: Ain't No Funk In Iowa

Read "Bill Stewart: Ain't No Funk In Iowa" reviewed by Mike Brannon


This article was first published at All About Jazz in May 2002. Upon joining The John Scofield group in the mid '80s it seemed like drummer Bill Stewart just appeared out of nowhere. Of course, Scofield and Stewart did a number of tours and studio dates together while word got around about Stewart's unique ...

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Article: Interview

Kenny Garrett: The Value of Ancestors

Read "Kenny Garrett: The Value of Ancestors" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Saxophonist Kenny Garrett has always respected the music of his predecessors. He knows its importance. He knows the value of the tradition, knowledge and innovation passed on to new generations of musicians. He's recorded, for example, dedications to John Coltrane (Pursuance, Warner Bros., 1996), as well as Joe Henderson and Sonny Rollins (Trilogy, Warner ...

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Article: Album Review

The J. & F. Band: Me And The Devil

Read "Me And The Devil" reviewed by Mark Corroto


We are back to the whippin' post with Me And The Devil, the fourth Allman Brothers-inspired release from Long Song Records, and the third by The J&F Band; and while it is far from being a guilty pleasure, the music does beg to be heard at high volume. In 2016, drummer Tiziano Tononi, bassist ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Quasi-Centennial Mingus Festivus: The Charles Mingus Songbook, Part 1

Read "A Quasi-Centennial Mingus Festivus: The Charles Mingus Songbook, Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Charles Mingus would have turned 99 years old on 22 April 2021. So with a year ahead of his centennial celebration we've decided to focus this edition of Mondo Jazz on Mingus as a composer, featuring some of the best renditions of his most memorable compositions.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. ...

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Article: Album Review

Matthew Alec: Cleveland Time

Read "Cleveland Time" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Tenor saxophonist Matthew Alec is on a mission--and it's all about furthering the jazz scene in his native Cleveland. This starts with his own music, of course, going back to his first band Winslow, a fixture in the Cleveland scene from 2005-2016, and now continuing with his current ensemble, the Soul Electric. Its first release, Cleveland ...

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Soul Food: Cooking With Maceo

Label: The Funk Garage
Released: 2020
Track listing: Cross the Track; Just Kissed My Baby; Yes We Can Can; M.A.C.E.O.; Hard Times; Rock Steady; Compared To What; Right Place Wrong Time; Other Side Of The Pillow; Grazing In The Grass.

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Roundup Time

Read "Roundup Time" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Although the coronavirus has brought live music to a virtual standstill, recorded jazz has continued to pour out over the last few months. Here is a roundup of several recent releases that deserve some attention. Troy Roberts Stuff I Heard Toy Robot Music 2020 Troy Roberts goes ...

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Article: Album Review

Maceo Parker: Soul Food: Cooking With Maceo

Read "Soul Food: Cooking With Maceo" reviewed by Ian Patterson


After a trio of albums with the WDR Big Band, funk legend Maceo Parker returns to the more familiar, small ensemble terrain. It can be a challenge for any artist whose natural turf is the live arena to reproduce the same electricity in a studio setting--and for almost six decades Parker has been a road animal ...

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Roy Ayers + Maceo Parker

Roy Ayers + Maceo Parker

Roy Ayers and Maceo Parker are two of my favorite jazz-soul and jazz-funk artists. Both recently released new albums. And both musicians started out as jazz players but invented new R&B forms during their careers—Ayers as a neo-soul vibraphonist and Parker as a bump-and-funk alto saxophonist. Their new albums are moody, funky and chill. Ayers is ...


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