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Issue 1093

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Maceo Parker: Roundhouse, London 5/7/19

Maceo  Parker: Roundhouse, London 5/7/19 @bluesandsoul.com
Maceo  Parker: Roundhouse, London 5/7/19 @bluesandsoul.com Maceo  Parker: Roundhouse, London 5/7/19 @bluesandsoul.com Maceo  Parker: Roundhouse, London 5/7/19 @bluesandsoul.com Maceo  Parker: Roundhouse, London 5/7/19 @bluesandsoul.com

You don't spend more than three decades in James Brown's band if you're not the best of the best. The late Godfather of Soul was notoriously tough to work for, demanding the highest standards from the musicians he surrounded himself with.

Maceo Parker, saxophonist extraordinaire from North Carolina, not only survived but thrived in that environment is testament to his musical pedigree. Not only has he performed on some of Brown's best-known records, he was also an integral figure in shaping the Parliament-Funkadelic sound in the 1970s. And Parker has 13 solo albums to his name since 1989, showing he's no slouch.

At 76, it's obvious from the moment he bounds onstage that his enthusiasm for his job has not waned at all. Easygoing and charismatic, he quips with the crowd that he's devised a system of signals with the band to warn them if he's about to collapse.

The Roundhouse was buzzing as the band showed off their funk, soul and elements of jazz pedigree.

One of the highlights of this year's Innervisions Festival, Parker is a natural taking centre stage. "Off The Hook" and "Stand By Me" get the Friday night crowd grooving, while a rousing version of "Make It Funky" shows why he is still a must-see artist after all these years.

Bringing Parker to these shores was another triumph for this summer's Innervisions Festival, which is fast establishing itself as an integral part of the calendar.

PHOTO: DAVE BURKE
Words Dave Burke

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