Chuck Rainey

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Chuck Rainey (born June 17, 1940 as Charles Walter Rainey III in Cleveland , Ohio) is an American bass guitarist who is active in pop and jazz.

Live and act

Rainey first learned violin and piano, then trumpet and college tenor horn. During his army time he played rhythm guitar in local bands before joining Big Jay McNeely as bassist. In the next few years he played with Sil Austin (1961-1962) and Sam Cooke (1963) before he was a member of King Curtis' band from 1964 to 1968 . Then he mainly worked as a sought-after studio musician, for example with Al Kooper and The Supremes . He has also recorded with jazz musicians such as Grant Green , David Newman , Cal Tjader , Quincy Jones , Jerome Richardson , Grady Tate , Mose Allison , Gene Ammons , Eddie Harris and Louis Armstrong since 1968 . In 1969 he played on Larry Coryell's debut album. With Gato Barbieri and Eddie Vinson , he performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1971 and appeared in the same year on Barbieri's album El Pampero .

In 1972 he released his first solo album The Chuck Rainey Coalition , on which other studio musicians such as Richard Tee , Warren Smith , Specs Powell , Eric Gale , Bernard Purdie , Herb Lovelle , Cornell Dupree and Billy Butler were involved. In the same year he moved to Los Angeles and worked more in the big band of Quincy Jones and in the studios. He was involved in several Steely Dan albums ( Pretzel Logic , Gaucho and Aja ) and also recorded with musicians such as Aretha Franklin , Bobbi Humphrey , David Clayton-Thomas , Donald Byrd ( Stepping Into Tomorrow 1974), Yusef Lateef , Bette Midler , Marvin Gaye , Dusty Springfield or Ry Cooder . In November 2011, Rainey suffered a stroke .

Discographic notes

  • The Chuck Rainey Coalition (1972, Skye Records)
  • Born Again (1981, Hammer 'N Nails)
  • Hangin 'Out Right (Char Walt Records, 1998)

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