Picks and Pans Review: Life on Planet Groove

UPDATED 11/30/1992 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 11/30/1992 at 01:00 AM EST

Maceo Parker

We like to do 2 percent jazz, 98 percent funky stuff! Good God!" shouts saxman and singer Parker over a dippin'-'n'-slippin' beat on this live album's opening cut. "This is known as happy music. Happy! Uhh! Happy music is when you hear it, you start movin' and shakin" somethin' automatically.... And you smile a lot too." Well, music fans, Parker delivers. And if his patter makes you think of James Brown, the grooves will too, and for good reason: Parker, 49, played with the Godfather of Soul on and off from 1964 to 1984. Parker has also worked with funkmaster George Clinton, Deee-Lite, DeLa Soul and 10,000 Maniacs, but here he and his guitar-organ-horns-and-backup singers are on their own and making the earth move. (Verve)

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