Throughout the United States, Europe and Japan Maceo Parker has garnered unusual simultaneous respect as both an unrivaled musical legend and a hip, contemporary artist. Today Maceo headlines over 250 performances a year worldwide to sold-out audiences of college fans and old-school music aficionados alike. Over this time he has collaborated on recordings with such diverse acts as, Ani DiFranco, Prince, De La Soul, Jane's Addiction and Dave Matthews Band.
From baritone saxophone, to tenor, and eventually the North Carolina-born musician's current instrument, alto saxophone - Maceo's signature style helped define James Brown's brand of funk, and the phrase: "Maceo, I want you to Blow!" passed into the language.
In 1990 the opportunity came for Maceo Parker to concentrate on his own projects. Parker released two successful solo albums entitled Roots Revisited (which spent 10 weeks at the top of Billboard's Jazz Charts in 1990) and Mo' Roots (1991). But it was his third solo release, the 1992 live album Life on Planet Groove that would launch Maceo's contemporary career as a solo artist for a college aged audience and brought into being Maceo's catch phrase "2% Jazz, 98% Funky Stuff."
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