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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.

It was an incredible break for a spunky 19-year-old kid who had dreamed of one day playing with some of the music industry’s greats. News of Freddie’s talent soon spread rapidly throughout the music world. Freddie’s story begins in his hometown of Oakland, California, where he became interested in the bass at 14. He took music courses in school and learned to play the bass. Freddie’s road to bass domination had begun. His instrument became an extension of his hands as he practiced day and night, often seeking refuge in the wee hours in his bedroom closet which, after lights out, became his rehearsal space.

“I just wanted to be good,” said Freddie, who elevates the lyrical sophistication of songs through his stylish interpretations. “I wanted to be so good that I could make people believe that playing the bass is all I know how to do. I wanted to be the best.”

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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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Album In The Moment by Freddie Washington

In The Moment

Unknown label
2009

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