FRED WESLEY @ SOUL-PATROL
CONCERT REVIEW: Fred Wesley @ Iridium in NYC
Here are reviews from some of the winners of the Fred Wesley tickets:
1) From Mary Vivian (who used to work with Fred Wesley and James
Fred is awesomely funky. He can't help himself. I spoke with Fred before the show and he told me it was going to be a straight ahead jazz evening. That's how it started, then it was a bad ass tune with a Afro-Brazilian flavor. The next one was 'My Romance'. I though I was in heaven. The music was soooo pure and directly from the source. It was great to see Fred enjoying the other musicians. Rodney Jones, on guitar, played some great solos. Dwayne Dolphin plays a criminal bass, body language and all, and Bruce Cos on drums made my butt cheeks dance in the chair. Thank you so much for the op.
Until next time . . .
2) From Shelia Roach:
My husband Keith and I would like to thank Soul Patrol for last night's complimentary tickets to see Fred Wesley and his tight band, featuring Rodney Jones, guitarist, the ba-ad funky bass player Dwayne Dolphin, fantastic drummer Bruce Cox, and Rodney Seal, the young special guest trumpeter.
Fred and the group performed such tunes as Bosa, a Fred Wesley composition, a cute Sonny Rollins composition, the Duke Ellington tune Caravan, and wrapped it up with a super funky jazzed up version of Herbie Hancock's Chameleon. We had a wonderful time, the set was just too short, but no complaints! It was a fun night! The best part of it all was listening to "real" musicians playing real music and just getting into the groove of the show! Thank you all again for the opportunity to attend a great show by one of our master sidemen, Mr. Fred Wesley. We look forward to reading his book.-
3) From Gloria Richardson:
Fred Wesley's Quartet blew my mind! First of all, "Iridium" is club with a great laid back feeling and the food was excellent (try the Spiced Tuna with White Beans). The club was modestly packed with 50 folks ready to jam to the beat. And check this out: Fred was sporting silver sneakers! How funky is that! The Quartet is composed of Rodney Jones (Guitar), Dwayne Dolphin (Bass), and Bruce Cox (Drums). I enjoyed a piece of music written by Fred Wesley entitled "La Basa," which had a sweet Latin beat. Fred also tossed in tunes by Sonny Rowlands, Herbie Hancock (Chameleon), Ohio Players (Skin Tight), and capped the evening with a JB's hit (Pass the Peas)! This was show worth seeing!
Well, I am happy to see that our winners had such a great time!!!!
Cheryl Y. Russell
New York Coordinator
FRED WESLEY @ SOUL-PATROL