Funk legend Maceo Parker has just released a new take on "Other Side Of The Pillow" by Prince, whom he collaborated with for a decade after his work with James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic, and George Clinton. Originally recorded at Paisley Park for Prince's 21st LP, 'The Truth,' the song is featured on ‘Soul Food - Cooking with Maceo,’ Parker's first studio album in eight years, out next Friday, June 26th.
"I am really pleased to be including a Prince song on this album," Parker said. "I recorded this song back in 2002 with Prince but we never got to finish it. We recorded it again freshly in New Orleans for the new album and it pays tribute to two geniuses, Prince and Ray Charles. Also two very important people to me. I hope you enjoy it.”
"More than anything I miss Prince," Parker continued. "He was a genius, so it was special to re-record a song he and I had once toyed with idea of releasing and give it that special New Orleans feel while also referencing the person I most admired growing up, the Genius Mr Ray Charles.”
His 16th solo album and first release on Mascot Label Group's new imprint, The Funk Garage, 'Soul Food - Cooking with Maceo' finds Parker partnering with New Orleans Funk royalty to cook up a fresh selection of Soul and Funk classics, as well as Parker originals. The album was recorded at New Orleans' House of 1000hz with Andrew “Goat” Gilchrist and producer Eli Wolf (Norah Jones, Madlib, Al Green).
‘Soul Food - Cooking with Maceo’ blends raw, old school funk with the flavors of New Orleans, featuring collaborations with Ivan Neville, Nikki Glaspie, Tony Hall, and a host of local musicians. The funky flavor of the city weaves its way through the album, as Maceo and the band take on iconic songs from Mississippi masters like Dr. John ("Right Place, Wrong Time") The Meters ("Just Kissed My Baby") and Allen Toussaint ("Yes, We Can Can), as well as Aretha Franklin’s "Rock Steady" and David "Fathead" Newman's "Hard Times." We also get funky workouts from Parker's own back catalogue on ‘M A C E O’ and ‘Cross The Track," the staple song of Giles Peterson's iconic WAG Club in Soho, London in the 1980s.