Freddie Washington (Patrice Rushen)

Photo courtesy of Aguilar Com Photo courtesy of Aguilar Com

Photo courtesy of Aguilar Com

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.

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 :

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

Dig “Freddie’s Groove” from In the Moment

Kick back and watch Freddie with Steely Dan