Tuesday April 01, 2014
BY C.B. Liddelll
SPECIAL TO THE JAPAN TIMES
Maceo Parker will be carrying a heavy load of history on his shoulders when he visits Japan for a string of gigs this month, but you wouldn’t know it from his carefree attitude.
The 71-year-old musician is best known for his seminal sax work with James Brown’s legendary funk lineups of the 1960s, and George Clinton’s Parliament and Funkadelic outfits in the ’70s.
“I smile when I reminisce about the early years, and feel lucky that I came up with James Brown, and that I can quote names like Brown and George Clinton, which sort of led to me being where I am today,” he tells The Japan Times. “So in the words of James Brown, ‘I feel good!’ ”
More recently, Parker has been a regular fixture in Prince’s touring ensemble as well as touring with his own combo. But with a history that has also included collaborations with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bootsy Collins and Ray Charles, there’s no point trying to play down the past.
“I’m doing a little bit of James Brown, a little bit of George Clinton, a little bit of Ray Charles, and a little bit more of Maceo,” he says of the shows in Japan.
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