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  • Bernard Purdie, Chuck Rainey, David T. Walker and More: Tighten Up

    Bernard Purdie, Chuck Rainey, David T. Walker and More: Tighten Up

    Bass legend Chuck Rainey turns 74 today, and we’re celebrating with a jam of epic proportions. Here’s Rainey jamming the 1968 Archie Bell and the Drells song “Tighten Up,” from the 1993 "Coolin’ ’N Groovin’" performance in Japan. The session includes a who’s who of R&B session players, including drummer Bernard Purdie, guitarist David T.… »

  • 2013 Reader Favorite Bassists – #10: Chuck Rainey

    2013 Reader Favorite Bassists – #10: Chuck Rainey

    For a period of about a year, between late 2011 and late 2012, bassist Chuck Rainey was met with some major events. In late 2011, the bass legend suffered a stroke. Twelve months later, he lost his home in a fire. Thankfully, 2013 closed with better news. Rainey was able to release his new… »

  • Xotic Unveils Chuck Rainey Signature Bass

    Xotic Unveils Chuck Rainey Signature Bass

    Bass legend Chuck Rainey has a new signature model from Xotic called the XPJ-1T, a bass designed with versatility in mind. Rainey collaborated with Xotic on the bass which features a P/J pickup configuration with elements of the company’s XP and XJ models. The XPJ-1T starts with a ash body and a bolt-on maple neck… »

  • Track by Track: Chuck Rainey Talks “Interpretations of a Groove”

    Track by Track: Chuck Rainey Talks “Interpretations of a Groove”

    Photo source: Youtube Let’s face it, if you call yourself a bass player and don’t know and speak the name Chuck Rainey with reverence, then you would be in the minority. The bulk of us have long admired and emulated this pioneer of the bass guitar from the moment we began playing anything that grooved.… »

  • Chuck Rainey Loses Home to Fire

    Chuck Rainey Loses Home to Fire

    Chuck Rainey has been dealt another tragedy just 12 months after suffering a stroke, as the 72-year old bassist and family have lost their home to a fire on November 15th. Luckily, the Rainey family is unharmed, but the local fired department described the amount of loss as “quite a lot.” The family has set… »

  • Stories Behind the Songs: Chuck Rainey

    Stories Behind the Songs: Chuck Rainey

    Chuck Rainey’s bass lines have laid the foundation for many of the most popular songs in pop, rock, jazz and fusion that emerged from the ’60s and ’70s. From Aretha Franklin to Marvin Gaye to Steely Dan, he’s played an integral part in the music of at least five Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame… »

  • Donation Fund Set Up for Chuck Rainey’s Recovery

    Donation Fund Set Up for Chuck Rainey’s Recovery

    A Medical and Well Health Fund has been set up for bass legend Chuck Rainey, who suffered a major stroke last year. Though his family is hopeful for a full recovery, Rainey has not been able to work during his treatment. As his medical bills increase, his income has decreased, according to the message on… »

  • Bass Play-Along Week: Fredrik Owman’s Steely Dan “Peg” Bass Play-Along

    Bass Play-Along Week: Fredrik Owman’s Steely Dan “Peg” Bass Play-Along

    Check out Fredrik Owman, aka bassowman, a bassist from Sweden who just nails Chuck Rainey's bass line on Steely Dan's "Peg". We couldn't help but envy Fredrik's all-original 1966 Fender Precision either. »

  • Chuck Rainey Recovering After Stroke

    Chuck Rainey Recovering After Stroke

    After suffering a major stroke on Friday November 4th, bass legend Chuck Rainey is expected to have a full recovery, according to his wife Susan. “Thank U Dear Friends for all the prayers and healing Light,” Mrs. Rainey posted on Facebook. “Chuck had a stroke Friday night but the prognosis is good for a full… »

  • Steely Dan’s “Peg”: Instrumental with Chuck Rainey

    Steely Dan’s “Peg”: Instrumental with Chuck Rainey

    This is cool beyond words... Chuck Rainey laying it down in this instrumental reunion remake of Steely Dan's "Peg", from Aja. Bonus: Bernard Purdie on drums. This is from the DVD, Steely Dan - Aja. Chuck tells the story here. »