Download e-book for kindle: Hit Me, Fred: Recollections of a Sideman by Fred Wesley,Rickey Vincent

By Fred Wesley,Rickey Vincent

ISBN-10: 0822329093

ISBN-13: 9780822329091

ISBN-10: 0822335484

ISBN-13: 9780822335481

With Hit Me, Fred, sensational sideman Fred Wesley Jr. strikes entrance and heart to inform his existence tale. A mythical funk, soul, and jazz musician, Wesley is better identified for his paintings within the past due sixties and early seventies with James Brown and because the chief of Brown’s band, Fred Wesley and the JB’s. Having been the band’s tune director, arranger, trombone participant, and widespread composer, Wesley is likely one of the unique architects of funk song. He describes what it was once like operating for the Godfather of Soul, revealing the fight and occasionally stringent self-discipline at the back of Brown’s tight, raucous tunes. After leaving Brown and the JB’s, Wesley prepared the horn sections for Parliament, Funkadelic, and Bootsy’s Rubber Band, and led Fred Wesley and the attractive Horns. including his signature horn preparations to the P-Funk combine, Wesley made funk song even funkier.
Wesley’s special sound reverberates via rap and hip-hop track at the present time. In Hit Me, Fred, he remembers the various musicians whose impact he absorbed, starting along with his grandmother and father—both tune teachers—and together with mentors in his southern Alabama place of birth and participants of the military band. as well as the talents he constructed operating with James Brown, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, and the various gifted musicians of their milieu, Wesley describes the evolution of his trombone taking part in 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, really via his paintings in la recording sessions.
Wesley is a virtuoso storyteller, even if he is describing the electrical rush of performances while the full band is within the groove, the problems of attempting to make a dwelling as a rhythm and blues musician, or the frustrations usually felt via sidemen. Hit Me, Fred is Wesley’s tale of music-making in all its grit and glory.

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