By Fred Wesley,Rickey Vincent
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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Hit Me, Fred: Recollections of a Sideman by Fred Wesley,Rickey Vincent