By Fred Wesley,Rickey Vincent
Wesley’s unique sound reverberates via rap and hip-hop song this day. In Hit Me, Fred, he recollects 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 native land and contributors of the military band. as well as the talents he built operating with James Brown, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, and the numerous 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, really via his paintings in l. a. recording sessions.
Wesley is a virtuoso storyteller, no matter 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 frequently 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