Horn Riffs For DJ's Volume I (with Fred Wesley) (1992)

Maceo Parker

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Track Listing:

Side One

Jams 1,2,3,4,5,6

Side Two

Jams 7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15


MT: Tuff City seems to like to create confusion with their copyright dates. The label on the record says 1992, but the sleeve says 1994!!! My guess is it was released in a blank jackets in 1992 and then cover art was done in '94. De La Soul used a sample from this on their 1993 album Buhloone Mindstate -- so a 94 release is unlikely.

This is the first and most consistant of the three P-Funk related sample discs (vinyl only) released by Tuff City Records. All three were recorded by DJ Mark the 45 King.

The first "Jam" is very cool. It's just Maceo -- jammin' acappella on a melody that sounds remniscent of Fat Back Band's "Wacki Wacky". It sounds like he's playing to some kind of track -- but we can't hear it. The whole first side is exclusively Maceo -- and has a lot of great, very sampleable stuff in it. Most of them have some kind of head -- whether these are classic soul songs or improvised melodies Maceo made up on the spot is hard to say. He makes them sound like songs by repeating the same things -- with improvised segments in the middle.

Fred joins Maceo on the second side. We get a jam of Fred and Maceo together. For the first part it sounds like they're rehearsing -- they're playing lines together, but not-so-together at first and you can hear them sort of mumbling to each other -- and likely giving body motions as they work the riffs out. Most likely they didn't know the tape was rolling or were under the impression that some of this would be edited out! After the one duet there is a lot of Fred playing solo, and a few more duets. The best parts are when they're just trading solos back in forth. Some of this is sloppy -- but it's not a RECORD, it's a sampling record -- and there's lot's of stuff to sample. There is more of a concentration of individual horn riffs on here than horn SECTION riffs -- like you will find some of on the George Clinton sample series. Overall this is a very good tool for producers (and DJ's as well, but a little bit less so). I think it's a good 40 to 45 minutes long too.