I’ve wanted to delve into Ani DiFranco’s music for years. She earned her funk pass when she took Maceo Parker on tour with her in 1999.
That was an odd choice of opening act for a feminist folk-rocker. But it introduced Maceo to a lot of new earholes. Very cool.
She has also collaborated with Prince.
I guess now’s the time for me to check out Ms. DiFranco properly, because last month she released a double-CD retrospective of her 18-year career. It’s called “Canon.” (Downloadable from iTunes and Amazon.com.)
She’s offering four FREE tracks from “Canon” on her MySpace page. You can sample them there beforehand.
I’m streaming something that’s not on “Canon”: “What How When Where (Why Who),” from her 2001 album “Revelling/Reckoning.” It features a Maceo Parker sax solo.
Click here to hear it on my Vox audio stash.
On the website for her self-owned label, Righteous Babe Records, Ani DiFranco discusses her “reverence” for Maceo:
“I saw some film of James Brown on stage in ’65, and there’s Maceo. Now it’s 2001 and Maceo’s still out there working his ass off and giving and giving, and still so ‘new’ in it. The newness that he brings to playing every day is so inspiring to me, and he runs his operation really similarly to mine... there's a real sense of love and community with him and his band and his manager, and there’s just an endless dedication to what they do.
“So there’s a real resonance with me and Maceo; my coming to know him has just been a thrill for me...”