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Chuck Rainey

Another instrumentalist even more widely connected with spirit, pop, funk, and R&B, however highly respectable by jazz music artists, Chuck Rainey’s been a star electrical bassist because the ’60s. While Jaco Pastorius and Stanley Clarke presented flashy, blistering playing and contacted electric bass as though these were improvising on the acoustic guitar, Rainey’s forte is a weighty, stable pulse and strenuous support, fitting right into a tempo section and locking onto a groove having a vengeance. Rainey researched violin, piano, and trumpet in his youngsters, then shifted from Youngstown to Cleveland at 21. He performed guitar and bass in a variety of R&B bands, after that joined Ruler Curtis’ group in NY during 1964. Rainey’s performed hundreds of documenting sessions since that time, but in addition has done a good amount of jazz schedules. He used Jerome Richardson, Grady Tate, Mose Allison, Gato Barbieri, and Gene Ammons in the past due ’60s and early ’70s, in addition to with Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson on the 1971 Montreux Celebration. Rainey toured and performed that same calendar year with Aretha Franklin. He transferred to LA in 1972, and proved helpful there using the Crusaders and Hampton Hawes, and documented with Donald Byrd, Sonny Rollins, and John Helpful in the middle-’70s. Rainey documented in Japan with Hiroshi Fukumura in 1978. He’s produced two rare schedules as a head for Cobblestone in 1971 as well as for Hammer n’ Claws in 1981. Neither is just about today, but Rainey could be noticed on many discs by Franklin, Curtis, Rollins, among others.

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