Music from the saxaphone can be described as hard, harsh, munificent, ethereal, soft, muted, brash or clean. But Maceo Parker asks, “whatchu know about funk?”
Parker played a three-hour set Monday night at the Westcott Theater that was a musical mind trip. The show featured tributes to New Orleans jazz, the folk soul of Ray Charles, rapid-fire GoGo of Chuck Brown and even a funky introduction to Shakespeare’s Hamlet (“To Be or Not to Be”)
Parker’s superior musicianship and ebullient stage presence are obviously the keys to his longevity. In his hands, the future of funk is secure.