The name "Maceo" gets shouted out on James Brown's records more than any besides Brown's own; he was the alto saxophonist responsible for the lacerating horn solos on most of JB's late-'60s hits, and after taking a few years off to lead a group of former Brown sidemen called Maceo & All the King's Men, he returned to the Brown revue in 1973 for a few more excellent years. Parker's been on the road under his own name since the '80s, playing simple but rousing jazz-funk, and cranking out a series of pleasant party albums like this 1998 disc — it probably wasn't necessary to add a rap to Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On," but Parker honks and weaves as deftly as ever on his cover of Sly & the Family Stone's "Sing a Simple Song."
By Mike McGonigal on 04.22.11 in Reviews
A collection of previously unreleased songs, this 2001 release of beautiful Christian-influenced ballads sounds remarkably cohesive and of-a-piece. The Innocence Mission is remarkable for the subtlety of their tunes, the...
By Marc Hogan on 02.27.15 in News
The music will keep playing without commercial interruption. For now. On Thursday, the U.S. telecom watchdog voted to adopt tougher rules that would treat broadband internet service as a public utility, like landline...
By J. Edward Keyes on 02.26.15 in Features
When we launched Wondering Sound in March of last year, I wrote that the site's purpose was to be "a place where smart, opinionated writers can craft rich, detailed pieces for curious readers." As mission statements go,...
By Marc Hogan on 02.26.15 in News
In 1995, when the Clueless soundtrack was originally released, it wasn't available on vinyl. As if. The music from the hit Alicia Silverstone comedy did, however, include a couple of songs from some of the era's best-lik...