By Fred Wesley,Rickey Vincent
Wesley’s specific sound reverberates via rap and hip-hop tune this present day. In Hit Me, Fred, he remembers the numerous musicians whose effect he absorbed, starting along with his grandmother and father—both track teachers—and together with mentors in his southern Alabama fatherland and individuals of the military band. as well as the abilities he built operating with James Brown, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, and the various proficient musicians of their milieu, Wesley describes the evolution of his trombone enjoying via stints with the Ike and Tina Turner Revue, Hank Ballard, and count number Basie’s band. He additionally recounts his schooling within the track company, fairly via his paintings in l. a. recording sessions.
Wesley is a virtuoso storyteller, even if he is describing the electrical rush of performances whilst the entire band is within the groove, the problems of attempting to make a dwelling as a rhythm and blues musician, or the frustrations usually felt by way of sidemen. Hit Me, Fred is Wesley’s tale of music-making in all its grit and glory.
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