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School's In!

Maceo Parker Audio CD
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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 ... Read more in Amazon's Maceo Parker Store

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  • Audio CD (18 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Zyx Music Gmbh
  • ASIN: B0007GIZAO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,314 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars An exemplary lesson from a genuine funk master 7 July 2005
Format:Audio CD
Containing some of Maceo's strongest material in a long time, this new release covers a variety of styles from the slow ballad style of "Song For My Teacher" through the funky hip-hop rap of "What You Know About Funk?" to the straight-ahead JB-style of "Basic Funk: 101" and the "Hot Pants"-styled "Advanced Funk", taking along the Latin-flavoured "Arts & Crafts" - a personal highlight for me - and a mid-tempo vocal/sax duet with Candy Dulfer of "Lily Was Here" fame. Parker's soloing ability is such that even the most mediocre of source material is transformed into something approaching greatness.
Throughout the album Maceo (a mainstay of the James Brown band on many of his greatest records including the ground-breaking "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" and "Cold Sweat") and his colleagues Morris Hayes (keyboards), Ron Harris (trumpet) and Greg Boyer (trombone/horn arrangements) demonstrate an effortless mastery of the funk form, combining to create an irresistible groove that grabs from the start and won't let go.
Forget what you've heard about jazz-funk and fusion - this is the genuine article. Five out of five.
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5.0 out of 5 stars To be or not to be - funky 13 Jun 2014
Format:Audio CD
"To be or not to be", the opening track on this CD, is one of those pieces that, once you’ve seen it performed live, a recording just won’t do. I saw Maceo Parker at the Monterey Jazz Festival on Saturday, September 20 2008, and it was the first time I really understood what funk was about. Parker, a saxophonist, was a sideman for James Brown before he went solo. His music sets up a groove and then explores it, usually over a period of eight to ten minutes. At Monterey I particularly remember the performance of “To be or not to be”, something of a set piece for him. Parker occasionally says the words “To be or not to be – what?”, and towards the end (in many performances, including at Monterey in 2008) he brings out his manager, Natasha Maddison, to recite the whole soliloquy while the groove continues underneath. At the end a (somewhat redundant) chant of “we’re gonna make it funky, now”, is introduced.

The song – if that’s what it is – has one chord throughout, but it never needs to modulate. The tension ebbs and flows through a variety of means – dynamics, instrumentation and utter preciseness from the brass section contrasted with free jazz improvisation from the sax and guitar, for instance. So many elements, including the sparse vocals, contribute to the complexity of the rhythm. At the performance I remember thinking that the 65 year-old Parker was controlling everything as strictly as any conductor. The energy was astonishing and the audience completely captured. A recording can’t duplicate that. Luckily there are some videos of live performances on YouTube, at least some idea of what it was like to be there – although unfortunately the one I've found doesn’t include the soliloquy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Funk! 25 Jan 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Schools in ticks so many of the funky boxes it's untrue. A really good fun album with some great musicianship and tight grooves. A must for any funk fan and for anyone else come to that!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As a school, it would be a High School (3,5 stars) 22 July 2005
By Motownphilly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The funkiest sax player ever is back with a new album!

My favorite tracks are the infectious "What You Know About Funk?" (which features great rap from his son, Corey Parker) and the smooth jazz dreamy "Song For My Teacher" (what a beautiful song! it reminds me of Grover Washington Jr.).

Contains also nice covers from Jackson 5's "ABC" and Sam Cooke's "What A Wonderful World" featuring Candy Dulfer.

I admit it's a grower because it's speed, complex and lenghty music, and it takes time to know and recognize the melodies. But it's definitively worth checking if you are into jazz-funk

Blow Maceo!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funkiest Funk 21 Nov 2007
By Jazzcat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Uoh, Uoh, Uoh! This album is one of the most entertaining albums ever made in my rating! Maceo and his band here blow some extraterrestrial, out of this world, phenomenal funky stuff that will shake your walls and make you feet tap foerever! Absolutly fabolous album, nothing less. I own it since it came out and I have listened to it thousands times, from the beginning to the end, sometimes even in loop. I own two albums from Maceo, this one and Funkoverload and even if Funkoverload is very good too, this is the one that could blow anyone away! It is simply phenomenal funky stuff, extremely groovin', with sax solos from Maceo to die for. The band is extremely tight, the arrangements interesting and very in tune with the style, and the funky is all around! There are not highlight tunes here, the album is an highlight in its entirely! Absolutly a must have if you love the funk stuff. This album will turn heads.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Great 8 Sep 2008
By C. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I believe I have every Maceo album and I must say this album is not quite up to Maceo's usually steller self. There are a few good selections (Basic Funk and What a Wondeful Word) but I must say the album as a whole is uneven. Roots and Grooves, Funk Overload, Live on Planet Groove, Roots Revisited, 'Mo Roots, etc. are all much better albums.
5.0 out of 5 stars To be or not to be - funky 13 Jun 2014
By John Abbott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"To be or not to be", the opening track on this CD, is one of those pieces that, once you’ve seen it performed live, a recording just won’t do. I saw Maceo Parker at the Monterey Jazz Festival on Saturday, September 20 2008, and it was the first time I really understood what funk was about. Parker, a saxophonist, was a sideman for James Brown before he went solo. His music sets up a groove and then explores it, usually over a period of eight to ten minutes. At Monterey I particularly remember the performance of “To be or not to be”, something of a set piece for him. Parker occasionally says the words “To be or not to be – what?”, and towards the end (in many performances, including at Monterey in 2008) he brings out his manager, Natasha Maddison, to recite the whole soliloquy while the groove continues underneath. At the end a (somewhat redundant) chant of “we’re gonna make it funky, now”, is introduced.

The song – if that’s what it is – has one chord throughout, but it never needs to modulate. The tension ebbs and flows through a variety of means – dynamics, instrumentation and utter preciseness from the brass section contrasted with free jazz improvisation from the sax and guitar, for instance. So many elements, including the sparse vocals, contribute to the complexity of the rhythm. At the performance I remember thinking that the 65 year-old Parker was controlling everything as strictly as any conductor. The energy was astonishing and the audience completely captured. A recording can’t duplicate that. Luckily there are some videos of live performances on YouTube, at least some idea of what it was like to be there – although unfortunately the one I've found doesn’t include the soliloquy.
5.0 out of 5 stars School's In by Maceo Parker - CD 23 Dec 2011
By Kam Steele - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you love James Brown, and Jazz, this CD is nice. Maceo did a good job. Just about every song was nice. Very Funky.
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