A session giant who waxed seminal sides in the UK and LA, this Kingston, Jamaica born bassist brought his reverence of Motown and reggae to rockers and fusion artists alike.
Though Phil Chen missed the opportunity to assume Ronnie Lane’s position with The Faces in 1973 – he garnered attention aplenty anchoring The Butts Band – which featured ex-Doors Robbie Kreiger and John Densmore.
Chen’s impressive resume also includes sessions / gigs with Brian May’s Star Fleet Project, Jackson Browne, Pete Townshend, John Lee Hooker, Dave Edmunds, and Joan Armatrading, among, many, many others.
Phil Chen’s home country honored the bassist in 2014 with the Order of Distinction for his musical accomplishments.
Dig this insightful and humorous interview – courtesy of Lauren Scheff wherein he offers his strong opinions on light gauge “cheese cutter” bass strings! https://youtu.be/j8aN168gRfc