FRED WESLEY

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Fred Wesley was born in 1943, the son of a high school teacher and big band leader. Like Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis, his first love was jazz, until he joined the Ike And Tina Turner Revue in 1962. A brief period with Hank Ballard And The Midnighters and Army service preceded his first term with James Brown and his original band (1968-70); a brief Los Angeles period led to a second stint (1971-75) with the Godfather of Soul eventualy leading J.B.'s, The, after its original line-up including Bootsy Collins left in 1971; the versatile trombonist then went on to featured roles with George Clinton as both a member of Funkadelic and leader of Horny Horns, The); he joined the Count Basie Orchestra as Al Grey's replacement in the late 1980s.

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FRED WESLEY Damn Right I am Somebody (wth the JB's) album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Damn Right I am Somebody (wth the JB's)
Funk Jazz 1974
FRED WESLEY Fred & The New J.B.'s ‎: Breakin' Bread album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fred & The New J.B.'s ‎: Breakin' Bread
Funk 1974
FRED WESLEY A Blow for Me, A Toot to You album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
A Blow for Me, A Toot to You
Funk 1977
FRED WESLEY Say Blow By Blow Backwards album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Say Blow By Blow Backwards
Funk 1979
FRED WESLEY House Party album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
House Party
Funk 1980
FRED WESLEY New Friends album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New Friends
Funk Jazz 1990
FRED WESLEY Comme Ci Comme Ca album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Comme Ci Comme Ca
Funk Jazz 1991
FRED WESLEY The Final Blow album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Final Blow
Funk Jazz 1994
FRED WESLEY Amalgamation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Amalgamation
Funk Jazz 1994
FRED WESLEY To Someone album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
To Someone
Funk Jazz 1995
FRED WESLEY Full Circle (From Be Bop to Hip Hop) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Full Circle (From Be Bop to Hip Hop)
Funk Jazz 1998
FRED WESLEY Wuda Cuda Shuda album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wuda Cuda Shuda
Funk Jazz 2003
FRED WESLEY Funk For Your Ass album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Funk For Your Ass
Funk Jazz 2008
FRED WESLEY Let It Flow (with The New J.B.'s) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Let It Flow (with The New J.B.'s)
Funk Jazz 2010
FRED WESLEY With A Little Help From My Friends album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
With A Little Help From My Friends
Funk Jazz 2010

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FRED WESLEY Swing & Be Funky album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Swing & Be Funky
Funk Jazz 1993

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FRED WESLEY A Blow for Me, A Toot to You

Album · 1977 · Funk
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'A Blow for Me and a Toot to You’ was recorded in 1977 and reflects Wesley’s switch from working with James Brown to George Clinton’s Parliament ensemble. The music on here is not as jazzy as the old JBs and doesn’t sound a lot different from a Parliament record from this same era. Most songs are built around repeating vocal refrains that feature the usual p-funk style of complex polyphony. The interconnecting vocals lines are answered by some of the finest ensemble horn work in the business and they are all supported by the funky Parliament rhythm section. Some tunes also leave room for Wesley and some of his other horn players to go off. All of the expected Parliament stars are here including Bootsy, Maceo, Bernie Worrell, The Brecker Brothers, Gary Shider and Mike Hampton.

Recorded during the height of the disco era, this album reflects some commercial concerns with its steady 4 on the floor thump and slightly smooth disco production, but it is still funky and nasty and not overly slick. Album closer ‘Peace Fugue’ offers something different with its complex orchestrated melody that sounds like one of those Isaac Hayes soul symphonies. Although some may prefer Fred’s more jazzy syncopated work with the JBs, this is still a fun party record full of expert ensemble horn work and makes a fine companion to all those great 70s Parliament sides.

FRED WESLEY Damn Right I am Somebody (wth the JB's)

Album · 1974 · Funk Jazz
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‘Damn Right I am Somebody’ is an excellent jazzy funk release recorded by the JB’s during their second peak after reforming under the leadership of tromboner par excellance, Fred Wesley. Wesley’s records usually reflect the style of the people he is working with at the time, in this case that would be one of James Brown’s very best early 70s ensembles. This is hard grooving James style funk with the characteristic slight swing feel and Afro-Cuban accents from conga player Johnny Griggs. Unfortunately, the musicians on here are not listed, but some givens include Jimmy Nolan on guitar, Maceo Parker on sax, John Starks on drums and James Brown on incidental vocals. If you have ever seen Eddie Murphy’s hilarious send- up of James’ nonsense syllable improvisations, you will love album opener ‘Damn Right I am Somebody’ where Brown unleashes a constant stream of onomatopoeia crazyness.

If you know your early hip-hop samples and loops you will know that this is the JB’s album with the synthesizer. Some references claim that James is the synth player, while others list vocalist Bobby Byrd. Either way, the persistent synth noodling on several cuts adds an excellent exotic flavor to this record. All the songs on here are great, but one stand out is ‘I’m Payin Taxes, What am I Buyin’, where Jimmy Nolan provides a killer guitar riff that won’t quit. Jimmy Nolan is the god of rhythm guitar .. word.

Most of the songs on here are classic JB’s funk except for ‘Make Me what You Want Me to be’ which is a classy orchestrated soul-jazz pop number, likewise their lover’s groove re-make of Marvin Gaye’s ‘You Sure Love to Ball’ sets a different mood as it closes the album and turns down the lights for the rest of the evening.

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