If there is one living musician who can represent the direct link from James Brown’s funk to modern hip-hop, it’s the legendary saxophone player Maceo Parker. Last week, I got a chance to interview the man that Brown would shout out when he needed that extra boost of funk. So, that was probably the coolest thing I’ll ever get to do. Parker will appear at the Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival on February 26.
Maceo has played with ’em all: James Brown, George Clinton, Prince and more, but, I mean, who else do you need me to name drop? In 1993, De La Soul tapped Parker to provide that funky sax tone that only he can do, for their now classic album Buhloone Mindstate. Here’s Maceo doing his thing on “I Be Blowin’.”
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