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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 middle to inform his lifestyles tale. A mythical funk, soul, and jazz musician, Wesley is better recognized 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 track director, arranger, trombone participant, and widespread composer, Wesley is likely one of the unique architects of funk track. He describes what it used to be like operating for the Godfather of Soul, revealing the fight and infrequently stringent self-discipline in 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 sexy 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 song this present day. In Hit Me, Fred, he remembers the various musicians whose impression he absorbed, starting together with his grandmother and father—both tune teachers—and together with mentors in his southern Alabama fatherland and contributors of the military band. as well as the talents he constructed 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 tune company, rather via his paintings in la recording sessions.
Wesley is a virtuoso storyteller, no matter if he is describing the electrical rush of performances while 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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