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Fred Wesley- Swing & Be Funky
Original Release Date: 1995

Fred Wesley/Trombone, Hugh Ragin/Trumpet, Karl Denson/Saxes, Peter Madsen/Piano, Dwayne Dolphin/Bass, Bruce Cox/Drums

1. For the Elders (Wesley) - 14:11
2. Just Like That (Wesley) - 8:30
3. On Green Dolphin Street (Wesley) - 21:00
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4. In Love in L.A. (Wesley) - 10:27
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5. Swing & Be Funky (Wesley) - 11:06
6. Bop to the Boogie (Wesley) - 8:58

Review
Which trombonist is funkier than Fred Wesley? This album is a real treat to hear Wesley getting all funked up with his incredible band. Featuring Hugh Ragin on trumpet, Karl Denson on sax, and many other talented players, these guys have much more soul than those big-shot artists who are selling millions in the market today. These guys are real cool and it's interesting how Wesley starts off this fantastic live performance with the song "For The Elders," an ironic title to mock the recording industry today. Every song is full of heart and soul, especially the 21-minute version of "On Green Dolphin Street." Frankly, this is the best version of the song I have ever heard. Flawless playing from head to tail, Wesley fulfills his responsibility to enlighten his audience plus much more. I hope every jazz artist nowadays can still have the panache and integrity of Wesley's. Unfortunately, most of them have sold us. Let's hail for the elders!

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