Chuck Rainey


You may know Chuck Rainey as the legendary Steely Dan bassist that has played on some of the most significant recording projects in history. What you may not know is that Chuck was a bassist in the making from the very beginning. You see, as a young musician he started out as a brass and woodwind guy, playing trumpet and eventually baritone. In the end, the low notes he began playing on his trumpet won out, as he migrated to the four stringed instrument that today has defined his musical career and persona. Also, you might not know that he actually toured with the Beatles on their second U.S. tour while playing in King Curtis’ band. In short, our guest has played with the best of them, including Quincy Jones, Donny Hathaway, Sergio Mendez, Aretha, Donald Fagan, Walter Becker, and Bernard Purdie. And he’s still going strong. We welcome the legendary Chuck Rainey to Inside MusiCast.