Freddie Washington

This cat replaced Paul Jackson in Herbie’s Headhunters! He stands among the instrument’s true giants, yet his name is known mostly to serious bassists and liner notes aficionados.  

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As a teenage member of the Oakland Youth Symphony Orchestra, “Ready” Freddie Washington heard Jamerson, Rainey, Babbitt, and Larry Graham and chose his life’s profession.  A solo recording artist, composer, “Star Licks” star, A-list session player and sideman – Freddie’s “Forget Me Nots” slap passage is among the most recognizable bass motifs ever waxed – and if his Fender P tone doesn’t grab you, I’ll notify your next of kin!

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Mr. Washington’s discography reads as a history of modern popular music – including seminal sides by Michael Jackson, Al Jarreau, Stevie Wonder, Patrice Rushen, Elton John, Whitney Houston, Donald Fagan, Billy Preston, George Benson, Kenny Loggins, Aaron Neville, Anita Baker, B.B. King, and Diana Ross, just to cite a scant few.  

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