“2% jazz, 98% funky stuff!” such is the unstoppable chemistry of his music. An instantly recognisable sound and a groove icon, Maceo Parker is a cornerstone in the history of funk and soul music. Right-hand man on stage to James Brown, George Clinton and Prince, outstanding saxophonist (tenor and baritone) Maceo Parker is a living legend. Just like his godfathers, Maceo Parker is a consummate showman, revisiting the genre’s old and irresistible favourites while offering new compositions in the purest tradition of R’N'B and dance music. The familiar sound of his sax is inseparable from the history of funk.
He has supported legends such as Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Willie Nelson and has established himself as one of the greatest artists in contemporary soul. In the early days, English rhythm and blues singer James Hunter was a labourer by day and Howlin’ Wilf (his stage name) by night. He was scouted by Van Morrison and went on to support him for several years in the early 1990s. His English take on American soulmen and the fidelity of his recreations largely foreshadow the approach of Amy WInehouse and Duffy. “People Gonna Talk” (2006) and “The Hard Way” (2008) catapult us into the atmosphere of the fifties and sixties. His fifth album “Minute By Minute”, released in 2013, is produced by Gabriel Roth, founder of Daptone Records.
“Charles Pasi, promising musician, a highly fashionable apprentice… wrote Bernard Loupias in the Nouvel Observateur. Latin with ravaging eyes, he sings like a black American and plays both jazz and rock melodies.
Although French-Italian Charles Pasi grew up in Paris, he also spent his summers overseas listening to Miles Davis, Otis Redding, Ray Charles and Bob Dylan who shaped his identity. Music straight from the heart and soul. When he started playing music at the age of 17, Charles Pasi chose the harmonica over the electric guitar…
Don’t seek to categorise Charles Pasi; this daydreamer observes the past as much as the present to prepare him to build and understand the future. Listen and you will understand.
Saturday 30 November 2013
Salle Garnier, Opéra de Monte-Carlo – 20.30
Doors open at 20.00
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