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Freddie Washington


Having completed two tours this year with Donald Fagen and Steely Dan, bassist Freddie Washington is ready for whatever comes his way. Known as a player who can inject a lively groove into already great tracks, he is also an articulate and elegant technician who, in the case of working closely with Donald Fagen, delivers when the music demands. Having worked with such names such as Patrice Rushen, the Temptations, and Simon & Garfunkel, Freddie has been the go-to bassist for singers looking for extra groove support. With years of session and touring experience under his belt, he is also considered a bassist that knows how to control the groove. Join Inside MusiCast as we discuss his musical approach, his beginnings, and also his working collaboration with Donald Fagen. We welcome Freddie Washington.

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Reader Comments (5)

When me and Rick first sat with Freddie in NYC, we knew that we were speaking with a musician who was understated. He came across as a mimimalist in words....not in the cold way, but he seemed to be so thoughtful as to the words he would choose. Well, now it makes sense....his basslines don't do more than they have to to accomplish a deep "Freddie" groove. Interesting how a musician's character comes out in their craft. I love it. I guess Donald loves it.ec
October 26, 2006 | Unregistered Commentereddy Cabello
I positively loved the Freddie Washington interview and would never have found it had you not posted it to the Dandom world.  Thanks so much...very enjoyable.  I will be listening to the Lee Skyler interview soon. I've seen Lee play with James Taylor in the past.

I had the opportunity to see Freddie and the boyz at Red Rocks a few weeks ago.

Keep up the great work!!!Thanks for sharing.
October 27, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterD King
I am a semi pro bass player and huge Steely Dan fan from England. The interview with Freddie was fantastic and of great interest to me as you can imagine.

I was amazed when Freddie mentioned the "Mona" track on Morph The Cat as it is the one track that I have transcribed from the album to play along to at home on the bass. the last two or three Steely Dan Albums I have written down the bass parts to play along with at home just for fun.

I also love playing Glamour Profession so it was great to hear Freddie talk about that.

If I can play this stuff at home I am beginning to wonder why I can't get a gig at home. I think it is down to my day job as a Police Officer on shifts and weekends and the fact that I am 39. Please reassure me I am not over the hill!

Best Wishes
October 27, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterD Baier
I've enjoyed watching Freddie play since I was a very young girl about 8 or 9. From his High School days to his professional career. Music is his passsion. I like to watch him become one with his instrument. When I'm at the concerts he plays. I mock his moves. He introduce me to symphony music as well as Jazz. He a great understated Bass player& I've been waiting for a CD to come out of anything he has done past or present

LA
April 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLatanya
LaTanya:Thanks for your note. What you say is the truth...he is understated, but that goes with his personality. When we chatted in NYC over lunch, his quiet demeanor and smoothness really impressed me. (This might sound funny, but he had this "Miles-ish cool" vibe going on and I enjoyed every minute. As to his work, I'm pressed. Especially fond of how he's been able to transition into the Steely Dan mode and really show his chops. He really is enjoying that gig. Thanks again. BTW, we'd love to talk to you more about your relatinship with Freddie later in MAY when we launch our FORUM, OK? I think all will be able to contribute. Stay tuned.
April 18, 2007 | Unregistered Commentereddy

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