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Mo Roots

4.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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The former JB returned to prominence with this 1991 recording, his second for Verve. Buttressed by old cohorts Pee Wee Ellis on tenor and Fred Wesley on trombone, Parker's alto sounds displays tremendous, intense urgency without leaving the groove behind. The sophisticated funk includes strong elements of jazz and soul as Parker moves from Lionel Hampton and Horace Silver to Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, and Shep & the Limelites. Ray Charles' "Hallelujah, I Love Her So" and the traditional "Down by the Riverside" display his flair for gospel melodies. Parker combines thoughtful melodic passages with energetic wails, while the rhythm section, anchored by Larry Goldings' B-3, stays in the proverbial pocket. Mo' Roots was instrumental in introducing a new crop of young fans to instrumental funk. --Marc Greilsamer

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Mo' safe fun. Young sensation Larry Goldings on the Hammond B-3 ups the pleasure quotient. Parker and Kym Mazelle's vocals on Otis Redding's 'Fa Fa Fa (Sad Song)" take it back down. Renditions of songs from Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, and jazzbos Horace Silver and Lionel Hampton are kindergarten handicraft compared to the originals. -- © Frank John Hadley 1993 -- From Grove Press Guide to Blues on CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 24, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B0000046K3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,107 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
This album is better than Roots Revisted! Maceo Parker along with Pee Wee Ellis et al were the main sound behind James Brown in his prime. This is a highly varied album with some great playing. It is one of my all time favorites. It is a good party album.
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By JD on September 16, 2001
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This is a classic. I find it completely mesmerizing. Ii first heard it in a small Blues dj bar in Tokyo. I was like this is the good stuff. It certainly is. 100% worth the price and then some, utmost listening pleasure.
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This album is RAD! This thing has influenced me in my trombone playing as much as any other jazz, blues, or funk recording. Maceo's legendary team of himself, Pee Wee Ellis, and Fred Wesley groove in this one. All three of them have VERY distinct styles and they blen so well. Chicken really displays the creative talent of these performers at length. Oh yeah, I've got to give the rhythm section some! They ROCK too. Not to mention Kym Mezelle on vocals Fa Fa Fa (Sad Song). This one is a must have for the Funk lover.
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Great CD. I'd recommend it to anybody who likes solid sax and drums. Parker is a wonderful sax player. The other players are wonderful, as well. This was our first exposure to him. We're going to go see/hear him live in February.
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Received product in excellent condition and it is a beautiful CD. I listen to it often while driving or just sitting around listening to music. I is a joy to have in my collection.
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