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Maceo Parker: A Brand New Bag

Maceo Parker

Shouts of “Maceo!” by James Brown, both onstage and on albums, preceded solos by saxophonist Maceo Parker from the 1960s to the 1980s, giving him rare first-name fame.

Parker’s fiery playing with the Godfather of Soul didn’t hurt his recognition either. From his baritone sax lines on the hits “I Feel Good” and “Out of Sight” to trademark tenor and alto blasts on classics “Cold Sweat” and “Papa Don’t Take No Mess,” Parker developed a reputation for versatility. What most of the public couldn’t know, until recently, was exactly how versatile he was.

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