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Freddie Washington

Primary Instrument: Bass, electric

Freddie Washington

Years ago, Freddie Washington was a young upstart trying to make a name for himself in the music business.

With luck, great timing, and a wealth of talent, he was recommended to replace a bass player who was leaving Herbie Hancock’s band. During his audition, Freddie played with such authority and passion that he got the job. He had unleashed a raw power that impressed Hancock and jump-started his career. He continued to tour with Hancock for several years andappeared on several hit albums by the jazz artist,including “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now,” “Mister Hands” and “Monster.”

That was just the beginning for Freddie. He produced his own recipe for success as an artist by stirring emotions and eliciting reactions through his booming bass....
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”Washington's beloved bass work and rhythm arrangements are the definitive designs of '80s R&B... For a debut, Washington's company alone invites more than the usual attention. Patrice Rushen and Joe Sample on keys, Gerald Albright on sax and Ray Parker Jr. on guitar take us back to the legends who originally introduced Washington to fans. With their help, Washington excels, particularly on the ballad genius of 'I Can Make it Better' [and] 'When You Get Right Down To It.' Albright's sax, Sample's Rhodes and Washington's bass all play like lead members, but never break truly captivating melodies for the sake of grandstanding.” - Soul Tracks

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