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Fred Wesley

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Because the longtime music director for soul star Adam Brown’s renowned backing unit the J.B.’s, trombonist Fred Wesley was the world’s most well-known sideman, orchestrating the sinuous grooves and contributing the vibrant, surgically precise solos that described the vocabulary of funk. Delivered July 4, 1943, in Columbus, GA, Wesley grew up in Cell, AL. At age group three, he examined traditional piano under his grandmother, a music instructor, but much recommended the big-band music performed by his dad, Fred Wesley, Sr., who also chaired the music section at Cell Central SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL. Wesley, Jr. continued to be using the piano until middle college, first implementing the trumpet before shifting towards the trombone. He produced his professional debut at age group 12 within a big music group led by his school’s music instructor, E.B. Coleman, and shortly was seated in with regional R&B acts aswell. While learning music at Alabama Condition School, Wesley briefly tenured using the Ike & Tina Turner Revue in addition to Hank Ballard & the Midnighters before portion within the U.S. Military, using the 55th Military Music group and graduating from the MILITARY College of Music. After coming back from military responsibility in 1967, Wesley produced his own task, the Mastersound, fusing R&B with hard bop. The group splintered in just a season, however, so when he received a telephone call from J.B.’s trumpeter Waymon Reed, who told him Dark brown was seeking a fresh trombonist, Wesley recognized the give. Brown’s infamously dictatorial strategy wore significantly on Wesley, and both men clashed frequently. After showing up on landmark singles including “State It Loud (I’m Dark and I’m Happy),” “Licking Stay,” and “Mom Snacks,” the trombonist actually quit the J.B.’s in past due 1969, briefly gigging with Sam & the Goodtimers before time for Brown’s camp in early 1971 and presuming the part of musical movie director and arranger. Wesley’s efforts to traditional funk outings including Dark Caesar, Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off, as well as the Payback can’t be overstated: alongside bandmates including Maceo Parker and Bootsy Collins, he spearheaded Brown’s groundbreaking change from spirit to funk, creating the template for the R&B of a fresh decade. “I finished [Brown’s] masterpieces, I adopted his plans,” Wesley later on said. “He’d provide me horn what to create, but sometimes probably it might be incoherent musically and I’d need to straighten it out, as they say. When it arrived of my mind, it might be a whole lot of Wayne Brown’s suggestions and my corporation.” Wesley actually wrote a small number of Brownish strikes including “Doin’ It to Loss of life” and “Papa Don’t Consider No Clutter,” and headlined many J.B.’s information including the vintage Damn Ideal I Am Someone and Breakin’ Breads. But innovative and financial variations again pressured him to component ways with Dark brown in 1975, this time around once and for all. Wesley agreed upon on with George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic with time because of their seminal Mothership Connection LP. And unlike Dark brown, Clinton inspired his collaborators to go after their own tasks, even co-writing a lot of the music composed of the trombonist’s 1977 public solo debut, A Blow for me personally, a Toot for you personally, acknowledged to Fred Wesley & the Horny Horns. Following a second single disc, 1979’s State Blow by Blow Backwards, Wesley exited the P-Funk sphere to come back to his initial like: jazz. He became a member of the Count number Basie Orchestra, and in addition moonlighted being a manufacturer, helming the self-titled debut LP by R&B group Kameleon. After settling in Hollywood in 1981, Wesley assumed the function of hired weapon, playing on studio room periods headlined by Globe, Wind & Fireplace, Barry White, as well as the Difference Band, and in addition arranged information by Curtis Mayfield and Terry Callier. He re-ignited his single profession with 1990’s jazz time New Close friends, and continued documenting straight-ahead jazz LPs through the entire decade to check out. As his unmistakable syncopated design became an essential element of hip-hop via countless sampling of his classic Adam Dark brown edges, Wesley also toured with fellow Dark brown alums Maceo Parker and Pee Wee Ellis because the JB Horns before developing his very own Fred Wesley Group in 1996. In 2002 he released his memoirs, Strike Me, Fred: Recollections of the Sideman. Wesley adopted it with a fresh album, With just a little Help from My Close friends, this year 2010 from BHM Information. He concurrently offered as an adjunct teacher of jazz research at the College or university of NEW YORK at Greensboro.

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Full Name Fred Wesley
Profession Film Score Composer, Trombonist
Education Alabama State University
Nationality American
Music Groups The J.B.'s, Funkadelic, Soulive, Abraham Inc., Count Basie Orchestra
Music Songs Funk for Your Ass, More Peas, Wuda Cuda Shuda, Pass The Peas, The Ballad of Beulah Baptist, Doing It to Death, Same Beat, Smooth Move, Damn Right I'm Somebody, Geek Goom, The Grunt, I Know You Got Soul, Blow Your Head, Hot Pants Road, Peace Power, Gimme Some More, House Party, Man's World, Rice 'n' Ribs, Still on the Loose, My Brother, Part 2, These Are the J.B.'s, Blessed Blackness, Little Boy Black
Albums A Blow for Me, a Toot to You, Damn Right I Am Somebody, Wuda Cuda Shuda, Maggot Brain, One Nation Under a Groove, Cosmic Slop, Free Your Mind... and Your Ass Will Follow, Standing on the Verge of Getting It On, America Eats Its Young, Uncle Jam Wants You, Rubber Soulive, Tales of Kidd Funkadelic, Let's Take It to the Stage, Hardcore Jollies, The Electric Spanking of War Babies, First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate, Funkadelic, Break Out, No Place Like Soul, Say Blow by Blow Backwards, The Final Blow, U.S. Music with Funkadelic, Live and Funky, Full Circle: From Be Bop to Hip Hop, Swing & Be Funky, Amalgamation, Fred Wesley Essentials Vol. 2, Let It Flow - Fred Wesley's Tribute To James Brown, With a Little Help From My Friends, Comme Ci Comme Ca, Changed, Generations, House Party, Ao Vivo em São Paulo, New Friends, It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing!, Pass the Peas: The Best of the J.B.'s, The Ketamine EP
Movies Slaughter's Big Rip-Off, Black Caesar


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Scream Queens 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Who's Doing the Dishes? 2016 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Barbershop: The Next Cut 2016 writer: "People Get Up and Drive Your Funky Soul"
Independent Lens 2016 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Pickle Recipe 2016 music: "TWEET TWEET", "MOSKOWITZ REMIX"
The Blacklist 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Get on Up 2014 writer: "The Payback"
Howard Stern Birthday Bash 2014 Video writer: "Hot Pants"
The Rocket 2013 writer: "Get on the Good Foot"
Identity Thief 2013 writer: "The Payback"
Django Unchained 2012 writer: "Unchained The Payback/Untouchable"
The Filthy Frank Show 2012 TV Series short writer - 1 episode
The Dukes of September Live at Lincoln Center 2012 TV Movie documentary writer: "People Get Up And Drive Your Funky Soul" - as Fred A. Wesley Jr.
Detroit 1-8-7 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Formula 1: BBC Sport 2010 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Cleveland Show 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Soul Power 2008 Documentary performer: "Same Beat" / writer: "I'll Never Let You Break My Heart Again", "Payback"
Seuls Two 2008 writer: "People Get Up And Drive Your Funky Soul"
My Name Is Earl 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Wackness 2008 writer: "Can't You See"
Spider-Man 3 2007 writer: "People Get Up and Drive Your Funky Soul"
Are We Done Yet? 2007 writer: "The Payback", "Take It to da House"
Pride 2007 writer: "THE PAYBACK"
Idols! 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sunday Driver 2005 Documentary performer: "Damn Right I Am Somebody" / writer: "Damn Right I Am Somebody"
Romance & Cigarettes 2005 writer: "Hot Pants"
Guess Who 2005 writer: "Papa Don't Take No Mess" 1974
Be Cool 2005 writer: "The Boss"
The Wire 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2004 Video Game writer: "Hot Pants", "The Payback"
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 2004 writer: "Dunkie Butt" - as Fred Wesley Jr.
Twisted 2004/I "Papa Don't Take No Mess"
The Woodsman 2004 writer: "Papa Don't Take No Mess Pt. 1" 1991
Idol 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Australian Idol 2003 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Real Cancun 2003 Documentary writer: "Take It To Da House"
Beat the Devil 2002 Short writer: "The Payback"
Barbershop 2002 writer: "Blind Man Can See It" - as Wesley
Poolhall Junkies 2002 writer: "Payback"
Undercover Brother 2002 performer: "Undercova Funk We Got The Funk"
How High 2001 writer: "The Payback"
Bones 2001 writer: "Revenge of Jimmy Bones"
Osmosis Jones 2001 writer: "Take it to Da House" - as F. Wesley
What's the Worst That Could Happen? 2001 writer: "The Boss" - as Fred Wesley Jr.
Snatch 2000 writer: "HOT PANTS I'M COMING, COMING, I'M COMING"
The Crew 2000 writer: "The Boss"
The Original Kings of Comedy 2000 Documentary performer: "Doing it to Death"
Space Cowboys 2000 performer: "LAST NIGHT"
Boiler Room 2000 writer: "Funky Child"
Janet: The Velvet Rope 1998 TV Movie documentary writer: "That's the Way Love Goes" - uncredited
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 1998 writer: "The Boss", "The Payback"
How to Be a Player 1997 writer: "The Payback"
Love Jones 1997 writer: "Blues and Pants"
Get on the Bus 1996 writer: "Papa Don't Take No Mess"
Stars in Their Eyes 1996 TV Series writer - 1 episode
When We Were Kings 1996 Documentary "Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud"
Dead Presidents 1995 writer: "The Payback"
Dangerous Minds 1995 performer: "FOUR PLAY" SAMPLE
Martin 1995 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ghost in the Machine 1993 writer: "Mind Power"
Who's the Man? 1993 writer: "You Don't Have to Worry" - as Wesley
Tribeca 1993 TV Series "Keep It Goin'"
Red Shoe Diaries 1992 TV Movie writer: "THE PAYBACK"
The Return of Superfly 1990 "Somethin' Like Dis"
Torch Song Trilogy 1988 writer: "Hot Pants"
Black Caesar 1973 writer: "Mama's Dead", "Boss", "Blind Man Can See It", "Sportin' Life", "Dirty Harri", "Make It Good to Yourself", "Mama Feelgood", "White Lightning I Mean Moonshine", "Chase", "Like It Is, Like It Was"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Making of Major Hana 2009 Documentary
Slaughter's Big Rip-Off 1973

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Deee-Lite: Groove Is in the Heart 1990 Video short

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Independent Lens 2005 TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Story of Funk: One Nation Under a Groove 2014 TV Movie documentary
Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown 2014 Documentary Himself
Sample: Not for Sale 2012 Documentary Himself - Interviewee
The Making of Major Hana 2009 Documentary Himself
Mr. Brown 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Night James Brown Saved Boston 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Soul Deep: The Story of Black Popular Music 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
American Masters 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Maceo 1996 Documentary
Soul Train 1973-1974 TV Series documentary Himself / Guest

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Independent Lens 2005 TV Series documentary Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

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2003 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Song Undercover Brother (2002) · Snoop Dogg (Performer)
· Bootsy Collins (Performer, Writer)
· George S. Clinton (Writer)
· Jerome Brailey (Writer)


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