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JazzFest: Galactic and Maceo Parker at Bessborough Gardens
June 27, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
Galactic is part of a diverse community of musicians, and in their own studio they have the luxury of experimenting. So on their albums, they do something that’s unusual in rock but not so controversial an idea in, say, hiphop: they create something that’s a little like a revue, a virtual show featuring different vocalists (mostly from New Orleans) and instrumental soloists each taking their turn on stage in the Galactic sound universe. The band creates new material in collaboration with its many guests, though they occasionally rework a classic. Despite the appearance of various platinum names on Galactic albums, they especially like to work with artists who are still underground. If you listen to CARNIVALE ELECTRICOS together with the two previous studio albums (YA-KA-MAY and FROM THE CORNER TO THE BLOCK), you’ll hear the most complete cross-section of what’s happening in contemporary New Orleans anywhere – all of it tight and radio-ready.
Originally a member of James Brown’s band in 1964, Maceo Parker quickly established himself as a valuable player and performer. Since the 60s, he has produced musical works across the soul, jazz and funk spectrum with a body of work that radiates positive and groovy vibes.