Funk legend Maceo Parker has just revealed a cover of Prince’s ‘Other Side of the Pillow.’ This is taken from his new studio album ‘Soul Food – Cooking with Maceo,’ which will be released on 26 June and will be the first album on the Mascot Label Group new imprint, The Funk Garage.
“I am really pleased to be including a Prince song on this album. I recorded this song back in 2002 with Prince but we never got to finish it.We recorded it again freshly in New Orleans for the new album and it pays tribute to two geniuses, Prince and Ray Charles. Also two very important people to me. I hope you enjoy it.”
It is almost impossible to separate which came first, Maceo or the funk. He has played with each and every leader of funk, starting with James Brown throughout the 1960s and beyond, then jumping aboard the Mothership Connection with Parliament-Funkadelic, as well as a long time collaboration with Prince from 1999.
Maceo’s career as a band leader began in 1970, and since embarking on a second solo career in 1990 he has released a catalogue of stunningly evocative releases from Maceo and All The King’s Men ‘Doing Their Own Thing’ (1972) all the way to 2012s ‘Soul Classics.’ This is not to mention working with titans of the music world such as Keith Richards, Bryan Ferry, Living Color, Dave Matthews Band, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane’s Addiction and De La Soul. He has also been sampled by hip hop icons including the Notorious B.I.G., 2Pac and Busta Rhymes.
With his 16th solo album Parker’s signature punchy saxophone sound partners with New Orleans Funk royalty to cook up a fresh selection of Soul and Funk classics as well as Parker originals. The album was recorded at House of 1000hz, New Orleans, LA with Andrew “Goat” Gilchrist and produced by Eli Wolf (Norah Jones, Madlib, Al Green).
‘Soul Food – Cooking with Maceo’ blends raw, old school funk with the flavours of the New Orleans school of music. Parker worked with Ivan Neville, Nikki Glaspie and Tony Hall, as well as a host of local musicians to record the songs. The funky flavour of the city weaves its way through the album as Maceo and the band take on iconic songs of the Mississippi masters such as Dr. John’s voodoo funk of ‘Right Place, Wrong Time’, The Meters ‘Just Kissed My Baby,’ ‘Yes, We Can Can’ recorded by Allen Toussaint as well as takes on Aretha Franklin’s ‘Rock Steady’, Prince’s ‘The Other Side of the Pillow’ and Maceo’s long-time hero and Ray Charles Saxophonist, David “Fathead” Newman ‘Hard Times’. We also get funky workouts from Parkers own back catalogue on ‘M A C E O’ and ‘Cross The Track’.