Foundations Of Funk

Maceo Parker and Christian McBride

Maceo Parker’s career is steeped in jazz and funk history: Starting out as a member of James Brown’s band, the saxophonist’s style is immortalized in “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag.” Between stints with Brown, Parker also joined George Clinton as part of Parliament Funkadelic, though he eventually split off to work on a solo career. Parker’s fluid funk mastery of the alto sax has made him a sought-after player for many pop-oriented acts, from Prince to De La Soul to jam-band craftsman Dave Matthews.  

A.V. Club *Twin Cities*

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