Freddie Washington

“The composer always wants to hear what he wrote first,” says session veteran Freddie Washington. “But, if it’s not working for him, then you have the right to make it what you think it should be.” Washington, whose extensive recording and performing credits include Patrice Rushen, the Temptations, and Simon & Garfunkel, has long been the go-to bassist for singers looking for lively funk support. “Ready” Freddie’s reputation as a singer’s bass player helped draw him to Steely Dan co-founder Donald Fagen. Fagen’s latest solo record, Morph the Cat—recorded live with drummer Keith Carlock at New York’s Clinton Recording Studio—are the latest examples of Washington’s thick grooves.
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