Fred Wesley & The New J.B.’s – Breakin’ Bread – CD

Fred Wesley & The New J.B.’s - Breakin’ Bread - CD

Fred Wesley & The New J.B.’s – Breakin’ Bread – CD

This Elemental Music reissue presents the last of the Fred Wesley and the JB’s albums. “Breakin’ Bread” and “Makin’ Love” charted R&B. The funk is still much in evidence, although some new twists and turns manifest themselves on the “rapped” title cut. Fred Wesley (born July 4, 1943) is an American jazz and funk trombonist, best known for his work with James Brown in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as Parliament-Funkadelic in the second half of the 1970s. In 2015, Wesley was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. The J.B.’s (sometimes punctuated The JB’s or The J.B.s) was the name of James Brown’s band from 1970 through the early 1980s. On records the band was sometimes billed under alternate names such as The James Brown Soul Train, Maceo and the Macks, A.A.B.B., The First Family, and The Last Word. In addition to backing Brown, the J.B.’s played behind Bobby Byrd, Lyn Collins, and other singers associated with the James Brown Revue, and performed and recorded as a self-contained group. Brown doesn’t perform on Breakin’ Bread, but was the album’s producer.

BREAKIN’ BREAD 5:01
2 I WANNA GET DOWN 3:47*
3 LITTLE BOY BLACK 4:32**
4 RICE ‘N’ RIBS 4:19
5 ROCKIN’ FUNKY WATERGATE 5:15***
6 MAKIN’ LOVE 4:04
7 FUNKY MUSIC IS MY STYLE 5:40
8 STEP CHILD 7:33

FRED WESLEY, trombone, vocals & leader & the New J.B.’s Maceo Parker (alto sax, flute & vocals), St. Clair Pinckney (tenor sax & vocals), Jimmy Parker (alto sax), Russell Crimes (trumpet), Fred Thomas (bass), Jimmy “Chank” Nolen (guitar & vocals), Hearlon “Cheese” Martin (guitar), “Sweet” Charles Sherrell (guitar & clavinete), Johnny Griggs (congas & percussion), John “Jabo” Starks (drums), John Morgan (percussion & vocals). Recorded in 1974. All selections published by Dynatone Pub. Co./ Belinda Music Inc. / Unichappell & Co., sole agent (BMI) All selections arranged by James Brown & Fred Wesley except:

*Arranged by St. Clair Pinckney & Fred Wesley
**Arranged by Dave Matthews
***Arranged by James Brown Engineer: Bob Both Recorded and Mixed ad Sound Ideas “Studio A,” New York City Additional Recording at A&R Studios, New York City and Criteria Studios, Miami Production Supervision: Bob Both and Fred Wesley Assistant Engineers: David Stone-Major Cover Photo: Bob Gruen