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Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Davidoc, Feb 15, 2002.
anyone know who played bass for him?
I think Ron Wood played on some of his earlier stuff
Ron Wood played some bass on Every Picture Tells A Story(the melodic bass on "Maggie May" is Wood).
Ronnie(RIP)Lane played w/ Stewart(& Wood) in The Faces(kinda a Rolling Stones' vibe).
I think Phil Chen also played with Stewart in the '70s(?). Chen is happenin'...check him out on Jeff Beck's Blow By Blow(a '70s Rock-Jazz-Funk classic!).
yep, chen did play with rod in the late 70s.
I believe Chen did the funky licks in "Hot Legs"...
And I admired Ron Wood's bass lines on the early Faces/Stewart songs. Nice meaty phat tone, too.
Phil Chen also did the bass on "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" He was Rod's bassist around the late 70s and by the 80s he had moved on... I think...
Phil Chen was absolutely incredible.
Who could forget his classic chorused basslines in Rod's song "Passion" from his "Foolish Behavior" album? Chen is even listed as co-writer on that track.
Here is a quick list of what he has played on
His playing with Jeff Beck was perfect.
God, I have used that 'fill' or some facsimile thereof so many times!
Sorry, I gotta go back to Blow By Blow for a minute-
I still remember the day I first heard that record.
A friend's brother(the self-proclaimed Clapton down the street...the same guy who said, "Keller, you're hopeless" the very first night I had a bass)...bought it & invited me over.
That first tune just blew me away! How come I couldn't count or feel where the bass was playing that note?!
Anyway, that was in '75...back to our regularly scheduled programming.
Rod has always had good taste in bassplayers, he has been using Carmine Rojas for awhile. Carmine used to play with Bowie and is pretty much a pick player.
Carmine Rojas' playing on Bowie's Let's dance is truly great stuff- "China Girl" and the title track being the best known, but the line on "Criminal world" is also a favourite of mine.
seeing as Nile Rodgers produced that album, and played guitar and used Chic drummer Tony Thompson on the album, it's interesting that he chose that abrasive sort of bass tone (Spector NS played with a pick).
are there any standout basslines from Rojas with Rod Stewart?[
It's all about genres colliding & melding into something new, fresh, & different!
(Hopefully, that is).
I saw him this evening and could swear the bassist looks like Jason Newsted!
Conrad Korsch in recent years.
Pete Sears played bass on his first solo albums, I think....
That's mostly Ronnie Lane. Not to take away from Woody's great contributions, but it was mostly Guitar in the Faces- lots of good dobro work.
Carmine Rojas has been with Joe Bonamassa for a while now but yeah, Rod Stewart always had great bassists who played the right line for the song.
Phil Chen was remarkable on Jeff Becks' "Blow by Blow"...I must have 6 copies on vinyl of this classic....great record to play bass along with too.
My only half speed master LP is Blow by Blow. Sounds other worldly! Phil is amazing on it. Saw Max Middleton a few times touring with Mick Taylor maybe 10 years ago, once in a small club.
Hey I saw that Mick Taylor tour as well...Max Middleton didn't play at that show..."A Stones Throw" tour...Mick signed stuff for me too.
What was Phil Chen's gear in the 70's?
"Jim Capaldi - Short Cut Draw Blood"....Phil Chen plays on this record and this record is amazing....must have for Traffic fans.