Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Love Letter to Fred: From Bonn, May 12, 2011

Many thanks to our blue-eyed brother Heinrich Buttler, shown here with a poster autographed by Fred, for the following post-gig love letter. It was a great night and the New JBs will look forward to doing it again. Click here to check out the new discography!

A huge thanks to MR. FRED WESLEY! 
Without a doubt, Fred Wesley has a God-given talent and gave us good demonstration in our church. If religion can mean that one soul reaches another then Mr. Wesley played a worship! Around 350 people gave him enthusiastic response! Someone may have thought: Is this the Apollo?  We were quite aware of who we had in our little church and still are highly appreciative that Mr. Wesley & The New J.B.'s supported our charity trust. We do not only love the outstanding musician Fred Wesley but also the authentic and sympatico human being. I think as part of my introduction I described him as "A REAL AMERICAN ICON" and that's exactly how I feel about him. Speaking about Fred Wesley means speaking about 50 years stage experience and probably far more than 10,000 live performances during that time. Worldwide Mr. Wesley is respected to be THE BEST trombone player in any kind of genre, of course especially when it comes to funk and jazz. Often he is unfairly reduced to his great collaborations as arranger and trombonist for "The Godfather Of Soul" James Brown, but his abilities embrace a far wider range. Being fascinated with Mr. Wesley's art I had the great pleasure and even greater honor to write his discography. An assignment convicted to fail. Quickly I had to learn a Fred Wesley discography is never complete, never correct but it’s now part of his website! Check it out, it's steadily growing. -- Heinrich Buttler

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