The life story of the amazing Fred Wesley – the funky, soulful trombone hero for the JBs, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, and so many other geniuses and trailblazers – laid out by the master himself, and his gift as a great storyteller rivals even that of his musicianship! We already know that Wesley is in many ways the backbone for the legacy of 70s funk and soul – but it was bebop that defined him in his young years, with Fred masterfully adapting himself into the roles offered to him and eventually cementing his reputation as the heart and soul of funky horns. He provided the tight, propulsive force behind James Brown's grit and fire in the King's best years, the cosmic blowing of Parliament Funkadelic, the hard-snapping background of Boosty's Rubber Band, plus stints with the Ike
and Tina Turner
Revue, Count Basie, Hank Ballard, Maceo Parker, and some hard touring with his own bands. Wesley is nothing if not humble about his history, which to us is nothing short of amazing – but as he tells it, he was just a man doing a job. He's a musical journeyman, who satisfied his obligations to the best of his abilities – abilities that are impossible to even imagine one of our greatest chapters of purely soulful musical culture without. Hit Me, Fred is crammed with as much life as you could possibly expect in about 300 pages, with some nice black & white photos, Wesley's staggering discography, and a forward by funk historian Rickey Vincent.