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Editorial Reviews

The wait is over. Maceo Parker, the grandmaster of funk, is back. And boy, is he ever. With his new full-length School's In he delivers a veritable masterpiece. 58 minutes of music, which will make you believe you are in the audience at a live concert. The stuff is as fresh and groovy as anything you have ever heard. Recorded with his working band (featuring sax star Candy Dulfer), Maceo presents a cross-section of all facets of funk. A potent mix of steaming party grooves and songs with great chart potential. BHM. 2005.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. To Be Or Not To Be - Maceo Parker

  2. Basic Funk: 101 - Maceo Parker

  3. What You Know Aout Funk? - Maceo Parker

  4. Abc - Maceo Parker

  5. Song For My Teacher - Maceo Parker

  6. Speed Reading - Maceo Parker

  7. Wonderful World - Maceo Parker

  8. Arts & Cafts - Maceo Parker

  9. Advanced Funk - Maceo Parker

  10. I'm Gonna Feach You - Maceo Parker



Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 4, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: BHM Records
  • ASIN: B000AE8G6G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,706 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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.
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"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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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.
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included some of Mr. Parkers strongest material at loooong time. On this new release Maceo Parker covers several styles - from slow ballads to hip hop rap funky whatever - to JBs Style at its best. An outstanding, jazz funk groove album.
Five Out Five Stars
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Maceo Parker schools in is a great album by Maceo parker and Maceo Parker is still thrown down on the funk music as if he never left the James Brown band the JBS
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