Maceo Parker – Roots Revisited {Verve}

Review by Scott Yanow (

Altoist Maceo Parker has spent most of his career in R&B funk bands, most notably those led by James Brown, George Clinton, and Bootsy Collins. This CD gave him a chance to stretch out as a leader, and his soulful horn immediately brings to mind Hank Crawford and (to a lesser extent) Lou Donaldson. With a strong backup group that includes Pee Wee Ellis on tenor, trombonist Fred Wesley, and Don Pullen on organ, Parker enthusiastically plays over infectious grooves with just one funky departure (“In Time”). Roots Revisited is a throwback to the 1960s soul-jazz style and Maceo Parker gives one the impression that, if called upon, he could hold his own on a bebop date.

01 – Them That Got
02 – Children’s World
03 – Better Get Hit in Yo’ Soul
04 – People Get Ready
05 – Up and Down East Street (for Ulysee Hardy)
06 – Over the Rainbow
07 – Jumpin’ the Blues
08 – In Time

Maceo Parker – alto saxophone, (piano, organ “In Time”).
Fred Wesley – trombone
Pee Wee Ellis – tenor saxophone
Vince Henry – alto saxophone (“Them That Got”).
Don Pullen – organ (except “In Time”)
Rodney Jones – guitar
Bootsy Collins – bass guitars, guitar (“In Time”).
Bill Stewart – drums

Digitally recorded at A&R Studios, NYC; additional recording at
Ligosa Suond, Cincinnatti, OH. Released on 1990.

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork