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If you hear James Brown on record hollering for someone to “blow your horn!” the next thing you’re going to experience is Maceo Parker. Brown’s right-hand sax man had an irreducible funkiness to his playing—swagger and pep were his rare earth metals. And Parker shines as a leader too: If you don’t have 1970’s Doing Their Own Thing, by Maceo and All the King’s Men, get it now. (His solo records in the years since have ranged from funk to jazz to blues.) Then go see Parker perform the Hamilton.