Benjamin Wright Jr. is the King of Strings, having worked with everyone from Quincy Jones to Mary J Blige to Michael Jackson (his work on the King of Pop’s Off the Wall alone qualify him for the pop Hall of Fame). From early gigs as the musical director of The Temptations and Aretha Franklin to soul-stirring arrangements for everyone from Outkast to UGK to Justin Timberlake, Mr. Wright has seen a lot.
In his 2014 Red Bull Music Academy lecture, Mr. Wright talked through his remarkable career, from meeting Duke Ellington to receiving spiritual guidance for his sounds.
11:36 – Growing up in Mississippi
40:01 – The Temptations
46:40 – Michael Jackson
1:04:13 – Cartoons
1:16:56 – Andre 3000
1:22:30 – DJ Quik
3:17 – Dynasty – “Adventures in the Land of Music” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVYxoPUjOHU
35:08 – The Majestic Arrows – “The Magic of Your Love” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7gYuE8iaaQ
46:50 – Michael Jackson – “Don’t Stop 'Til You Get Enough” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yURRmWtbTbo
52:08 – Michael Jackson – “Rock With You”
1:03:35 – Earth, Wind & Fire – “Boogie Wonderland” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=god7hAPv8f0
1:15:19 – Outkast – “The Love Below (intro)” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkeHvV_-BPA
1:23:00 – DJ Quik feat. Mausberg & Raphael Saadiq – “Well” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFGZycxdJUM
1:31:48 – Justin Timberlake – “Pusher Love Girl” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8mNfNQOm0A
2:01:49 – Quincy Jones & James Ingram – “One Hundred Ways” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2HtkVnMwPg
The Red Bull Music Academy is a global music institution committed to fostering creativity in music. We celebrate music, its culture, and the transformative minds behind it. Begun in 1998, the Academy has taken the core principles that underlie its annual workshop for selected participants and applied this curatorial approach to events, lectures, and city-wide festivals throughout the year.
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