Wuda Cuda Shuda

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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: 9/9/2003
  • Label: Hip Bop Essence
  • UPC: 738572803025
  • Catalog Number: 8030
  • Sales rank: 43,374

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fred Wesley Primary Artist, Trombone, Vocals, Group Member
Ernie Fields Jr. 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 Jr. 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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