Maceo Parker: Hallelujah I Love Her So


Hallelujah I Love Her So


Maceo Parker (alto sax)


Roots & Grooves (Heads Up 3134)

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Maceo Parker (alto sax),

with the WDR Big Band Cologne


Conducted by Michael Abene. Composed by Ray Charles


Recorded: Recorded live during a European tour, February-March 2007


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

Who knew that the WDR Big Band Cologne could swing so hard? But maybe it helped having Maceo Parker fronting the ensemble. When the conversation turns to the funkiest saxophonists in the world, Maceo has to be on the short list. He is battle tested in long service with James Brown, and has has guested with everyone from George Clinton to Prince. Just as he has done so many times in the past, Parker delivers an on-the-money solo that electrifies the crowd. Frank Chastenier boldy tries to follow with a Hammond B-3 solo, but his organ sounds likes it's belching and sputtering to me. Heck, it doesn't matter, the fans are screaming, and Maceo comes back in with a bag o' licks to beat the band. Hallelujah, I love it so!

Reviewer: Ted Gioia


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