Chuck Rainey

Chuck Rainey

born on 17/6/1940 in Cleveland, OH, United States

Chuck Rainey

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Charles Walter "Chuck" Rainey III (born June 17, 1940 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States) is an American bass guitarist who has performed and recorded with many well-known acts, including Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan, and Quincy Jones.[1]

Biography

Rainey's youthful pursuits included violin, piano and trumpet. Later, while attending Lane College in Tennessee, Rainey switched to baritone horn to join the school's travelling brass ensemble. While on active military duty, Rainey learned rhythm guitar and began playing professionally with local bands. His lack of improvisational skills on guitar led him to pick up the bass, and soon Rainey found himself working steadily as a studio bassist in New York City, recording or touring with many of the greatest acts of that time.

By the 1970s he had played with Jerome Richardson, Grady Tate, Mose Allison, Gato Barbieri, and Gene Ammons, as well as with Eddie Vinson at the 1971 Montreux Festival.[1]

As a member of The King Curtis All-Stars, he toured with the Beatles on their second run across the United States. By the beginning of the 1970s, Rainey had firmly established his place as one of New York City's first call session bass guitarists.

In 1972, he released his first solo album The Chuck Rainey Coalition on Skye Records. The coalition consists of notable session musicians Richard Tee, Warren Smith, Specs Powell, Eric Gale, Bernard Purdie, Herb Lovelle, Cornell Dupree and Billy Butler.

Moving to Los Angeles in 1972, his work with Quincy Jones continued as a member of Jones' big band, and Rainey continued to work as a studio musician on others albums like, Betty Davis' famously shelved session from 1976 or Tim Buckley's Greetings from L.A. About this time, he bumped into friend and Steely Dan producer Gary Katz, which led to performing on tracks for Pretzel Logic by Steely Dan. His relationship with Steely Dan continued through Katy Lied; The Royal Scam, Aja, where he performs on every track except "Deacon Blues" (Walter Becker played bass for that track); and Gaucho.

Rainey's style has always been to provide a rhythmic and melodic bottom that works with the drummer for the benefit of the song. His books on bass study refer to a "sensitivity to music" and a dedication to studying the fundamentals of music theory. While his "sideman" philosophy of bass has not brought him the level of recognition of star players such as Jaco Pastorius, Rainey is by far more recorded than his more famous contemporaries.[1]

Discography

As leader

  • The Chuck Rainey Coalition (1972, Skye)
  • Born Again (1981, Hammer 'N Nails)
  • Hangin Out Right (1996, CharWalt)
  • Sing and Dance (1998, CharWalt)

As session player

  • 1965: Red HollowayRed Soul (Prestige)
  • 1967: Phil UpchurchFeeling Blue (Milestone)
  • 1968: Hubert LawsLaws' Cause (Atlantic)
  • 1968: David NewmanBigger & Better (Atlantic), The Many Facets of David Newman (Atlantic)
  • 1968: Cal TjaderSolar Heat
  • 1968: Laura NyroEli and the Thirteenth Confession
  • 1968: J. J. Johnson and Kai WindingBetwixt & Between (A&M/CTI)
  • 1968: Eddie HarrisPlug Me In (Atlantic)
  • 1968: Willie BoboA New Dimension (Verve)
  • 1968: George BensonGoodies (Verve)
  • 1969: The Rascals – Freedom Suite
  • 1969: Randy BreckerScore (Solid State)
  • 1969: Gary McFarlandAmerica the Beautiful
  • 1969: Hank CrawfordMr. Blues Plays Lady Soul (Atlantic)
  • 1969: Yusef LateefYusef Lateef's Detroit (Atlantic)
  • 1969: Quincy JonesWalking in Space (CTI)
  • 1969: Lena Horne and Gábor Szabó – Lena & Gabor (Skye)
  • 1969: Dizzy GillespieCornucopia (Solid State)
  • 1969: Gary BurtonGood Vibes (Atlantic)
  • 1969: Al KooperYou Never Know Who Your Friends Are
  • 1969: Jimmy McGriffElectric Funk
  • 1970: Johnny Pate Outrageous
  • 1970: Junior ManceWith a Lotta Help from My Friends (Atlantic)
  • 1970: Jimmy McGriff and Junior Parker - The Dudes Doin' Business (Capitol)
  • 1970: Shirley ScottSomething (Atlantic)
  • 1970: Billy Butler: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow (Prestige)
  • 1970: Yusef Lateef – Suite 16 (Atlantic)
  • 1970: Ray BryantMCMLXX (Atlantic)
  • 1970: Roberta FlackChapter Two
  • 1970: Laura Nyro – Christmas and the Beads of Sweat
  • 1970: Lonnie SmithDrives
  • 1971: Hank Crawford – It's a Funky Thing to Do (Cotillion)
  • 1971: Gato BarbieriEl Pampero (Flying Dutchman)
  • 1971: Donny HathawayDonny Hathaway
  • 1971: Yusef Lateef – The Gentle Giant (Atlantic)
  • 1971: Grant GreenVisions (Blue Note)
  • 1971: Lonnie Smith - Mama Wailer (Kudu)
  • 1971: Larry Coryell - Fairyland (Mega)
  • 1971: Gene AmmonsMy Way (Prestige), Free Again (Prestige)
  • 1971: Bernard Purdie Stand By Me (Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get) (Mega)
  • 1971: Roberta Flack – Quiet Fire
  • 1971: Mose AllisonWestern Man (Atlantic)
  • 1972: Quincy Jones - The Hot Rock OST (Prophesy)
  • 1972: The CrusadersHollywood
  • 1972: The Crusaders – 1
  • 1972: Hampton HawesUniverse (Prestige)
  • 1972: Joe WalshBarnstorm
  • 1972: Phil Upchurch – Darkness, Darkness
  • 1972: Delaney, Bonnie & Friends – D&B Together
  • 1972: Charles KynardWoga (Mainstream)
  • 1972: Aretha Franklin – Amazing Grace
  • 1972: Tim BuckleyGreetings from L.A.
  • 1973: Donald ByrdBlack Byrd
  • 1973: Dave MasonIt's Like You Never Left
  • 1973: Margie JosephMargie Joseph
  • 1973: Afrique – Soul Makossa
  • 1973: David Newman – The Weapon (Atlantic)
  • 1973: Charles Kynard – Your Mama Don't Dance (Mainstream)
  • 1973: Mary McCreary – Butterflies In Heaven
  • 1973: Bobbi HumphreyBlacks and Blues
  • 1973: David Clayton-ThomasDavid Clayton–Thomas
  • 1973: Lightnin' Rod – Hustlers Convention
  • 1973: Donald Byrd – Street Lady
  • 1973: Aretha FranklinWith Everything I Feel in Me
  • 1973: Bette MidlerBette Midler
  • 1973: Sammy JohnsSammy Johns
  • 1974: Maggie Bell – Queen Of The Night
  • 1974: Donald Byrd – Stepping into Tomorrow
  • 1974: Bobbi Humphrey – Satin Doll
  • 1974: Marlena ShawWho Is This Bitch, Anyway?
  • 1974: Les McCannAnother Beginning
  • 1974: Peggy LeeLet's Love
  • 1974: Steely DanPretzel Logic
  • 1975: Donald Byrd – Places and Spaces
  • 1975: Johnny HammondGears
  • 1975: Bobby HutchersonLinger Lane
  • 1975: Gene HarrisNexus
  • 1975: Bobbi Humphrey – Fancy Dancer
  • 1975: Harvey MasonMarching In The Street
  • 1975: Steely Dan – Katy Lied
  • 1976: John HandyHard Work (ABC/Impulse)
  • 1976: Robert PalmerSome People Can Do What They Like
  • 1976: Nils LofgrenCry Tough
  • 1976: Patti AustinEnd of a Rainbow (CTI)
  • 1976: Gene Harris – In a Special Way
  • 1976: Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '77 – Homecooking
  • 1976: Steely Dan – The Royal Scam
  • 1976: David T. WalkerOn Love
  • 1976: Jackson BrowneThe Pretender
  • 1976: King Errisson – The Magic Man
  • 1976: Marvin GayeI Want You
  • 1976: Betty Davis – Hangin' Out In Hollywood / Crashin' From Passion
  • 1977: Minnie RipertonStay in Love
  • 1977: Lara Saint Paul – Saffo Music
  • 1977: Quincy Jones - Roots (A&M)
  • 1977: Tom ScottBlow It Out
  • 1977: Steely Dan – Aja
  • 1977: Terence Boylan - Terence Boylan
  • 1978: Dusty SpringfieldIt Begins Again
  • 1978: Jiro Inagaki & Chuck Rainey Rhythm Section – Blockbuster
  • 1978: Leo SayerLeo Sayer
  • 1978: Frankie ValliValli is the Word
  • 1978: Tavares – Future Bound
  • 1978: D.C. LaRue – Confessions
  • 1978: Cheryl Lynn – Cheryl Lynn
  • 1979: Lowell GeorgeThanks, I'll Eat It Here
  • 1979: Leo SayerHere
  • 1979: Minnie RipertonMinnie
  • 1980: Steely Dan – Gaucho
  • 1981: Rickie Lee JonesPirates
  • 1982: Larry CoryellFairyland
  • 1982: Ry CooderThe Slide Area
  • 1982: Eye to Eye – Eye to Eye
  • 1982: Donald FagenThe Nightfly
  • 1982: Leon WareWhy I Came to California
  • 1990: David "Fathead" NewmanReturn to the Wide Open Spaces (Amazing, 1990) with Ellis Marsalis and Cornell Dupree
  • 1997: Andrés Calamaro – Alta suciedad

References

  1. ^ a b c Allmusic Biography

External links

  • Official website
  • Chuck Rainey Interview NAMM Oral History Program (2014)
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