"Fred Wesley Jr. is inextricably woven into the fibers of funk's historic quilt—and as much as he may humbly play it down—his impressive contributions as a trombonist and music arranger are tremendous."
““Wesley has written a thoroughly engaging memoir of his life in music, using frank, opinionated, sometimes colorful language that reads as if he were sitting across the room reminiscing. Readers will be fascinated by his insider descriptions of working with the volatile Brown and by his vivid descriptions of the vicissitudes of life as a professional musician; musicians at all levels will find his comments on life on the road particularly compelling. . . . Recommended for all collections, a real gem for music collections.””
"[Fred Wesley is] one of the most influential instrumentalist/composer/arrangers in the annals of R&B, soul-jazz, and hop-hop. . . [and] one of the most sampled musicians in the world today."
"...Wesley recalls the twists and turns of a long and storied career, which he explores in an autobiography called 'Hit Me, Fred,' and subtitled 'Recollections of a Sideman.'"
"As the interpretive leader of James Brown’s legendary band, Fred Wesley and the JBs recorded some of the Godfather of Soul’s hottest tracks, including “Superbad,” “Pass the Peas” and “Get on the Good Foot”. Blazing horn solos, featured over Wesley’s melodic arrangements, defined funk music in the early 70’s."
"Fred Wesley jammed hard with the local jazz cats."