Chuck Rainey

Chuck Rainey is a master of the “ghost note,” a very lightly pitched percussive note (not quite a “dead note”) that deepens the groove by inducing another level of dynamics.

Besides that, he swings beautifully (he was usually the bass player when drummer Bernard Purdie played his famous “Purdie shuffle) How else could someone make a line like the one from Aretha’s “Rock Steady” so incredibly funky with just four notes…

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