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When You Get Right Down to It, Freddie Washington is "Truly Captivating" (Soul Tracks) on 'In the Moment'

SOURCE: Published: 2009-10-29
Freddie Washington “Beloved" Bassist Master of “The Groove's Logic" (NY Times) On Tour With Steely Dan Now

Bassist “Ready" Freddie Washington, a veteran of hundreds of sessions and shows with some of the world's best-known musicians, whose debut album 'In The Moment' is out now, got a little help from his friends on standout track 'When You Get Right Down To It," penned by Barry Mann and previously a hit for The Delfonics and Aretha Franklin.

A Soul Tracks review raves: “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."

Hear “When You Get Right Down To It".

Washington continues through November with Steely Dan's US 'Rent Party” tour. Earlier this year, the New York Times said of his playing that “it was a treat to watch the groove's logic unfold in real time." Steely Dan are renowned for their studio and on-stage perfectionism, and Washington also has a craftsman's approach to his work, producing and writing every track on 'In The Moment' besides “When You Get Right Down To It." Says Washington, “I put 150% of myself into it."

Freddie Washington on tour with Steely Dan:
Oct 23 - San Francisco, CA - Masonic Hall
Oct 24 - San Francisco, CA - Masonic Hall
Oct 25 - San Francisco, CA - Masonic Hall
Oct 27 - Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theatre
Oct 29 - Denver, CO - Wells Fargo Theatre
Nov 7 - Merrillville, IN - Star Plaza
Nov 8 - Minneapolis, MN - Northrop Aud
Nov 10 - Cincinnati, OH - Taft
Nov 11 - Cincinnati, OH - Taft
Nov 13 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside
Nov 14 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside
Nov 16 - Akron, OH - EJ Thomas
Nov 17 - Akron, OH - EJ Thomas
Nov 19 - Philadelphia, PA - Tower
Nov 20 - Philadelphia PA - Tower
Nov 22 - Washington, DC - Constitution Hall
Nov 23 - Washington, DC - Constitution Hall
Nov 25 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
Nov 26 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
Nov 28 - Montreal, QC - Salle Wilfred-Pelletier
Nov 29 - Montreal, QC - Salle Wilfred-Pelletier

Freddie Washington discography and credits

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