Wuda Cuda Shuda

Wuda Cuda Shuda

by Fred Wesley
     
 

Recorded during a European tour in the fall of 2002, Fred Wesley's Wuda Cuda Shuda is a typical collection of funk tunes from the trombone-playing bandleader who is a former member of James Brown's JB's and George Clinton's Parliament/Funkadelic. Anyone…  See more details below

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Recorded during a European tour in the fall of 2002, Fred Wesley's Wuda Cuda Shuda is a typical collection of funk tunes from the trombone-playing bandleader who is a former member of James Brown's JB's and George Clinton's Parliament/Funkadelic. Anyone who has heard Wesley's horn work in those former associations will know what to expect here in music that retains the funky rhythms (courtesy of drummer Bruce Cox and bass player Michael Mondesir) in a somewhat more stripped-down form than they were heard in Wesley's earlier bands. This time, the focus is on the horns -- Wesley, saxophonist Ernie Fields Jr., and trumpeter Gary Winters -- and that gives the tracks an unfinished feel to those who are accustomed to thinking of the horns as one element in an overall arrangement to be topped off by the focus brought by a Brown or Clinton. Without such a star player, the sidemen shine, but they don't draw the spotlight like the absent leaders. This is especially noticeable when Wesley, Cox, or guitarist Reggie Ward takes the microphone for a vocal turn. Wesley's music, like Brown's and Clinton's, is built up out of riffs and rhythms, but without a strong frontman it is left to lean toward jazz without really getting there. The playing of Wesley and his mates is always tasty, but it is more of an appetizer than a full meal.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2003
Label:
Hip Bop Essence
UPC:
0738572803025
catalogNumber:
8030
Rank:
54387

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fred Wesley   Primary Artist,Trombone,Vocals,Group Member
Ernie Fields   Bagpipes,Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Mike Mondesir   Bass,Group Member
Reginald W. Ward   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Bruce Cox   Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Barney McAll   Keyboards,Group Member
Gary Winters   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Group Member

Technical Credits

Marty Robbins   Composer
Ernie Fields   Composer,Horn Arrangements
Mike Mondesir   Composer
Reginald W. Ward   Composer
Fred Wesley   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Horn Arrangements
Bruce Cox   Composer
Barney McAll   Composer
Charles Bobbit   Composer
Gary Winters   Composer,Horn Arrangements
Jonathan Miltat   Producer,Liner Notes

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