Chuck Alder (The Illusion)

Courtesy Chuck Alder FB


The artform that is rock and roll is rife with artists who never garnered the commercial success they so richly deserve – yet somehow their influence pervades.


Witness The Illusion – a late 1960s psychedelic / progressive rock collective from Long Island New York which waxed three stunning sides and opened for such peer artists as The Who, Chicago, Jimi Hendrix Experience, the Allman Brothers Band, and Sly & The Family Stone to cite a few.


Bassist / composer / singer Chuck Alder plied passages which drew from classic rhythm & blues, soul, and jazz. His upper register expertise rivaled his contemporaries Sir Paul, Brian Wilson, and Chris Squire.


Following his tenure in the Illusion, Alder forged a career as a working musician – honing his craft in an array of jazz / blues / pop configurations spanning small groups to big bands.


Among Chuck’s more high-profile collaborations includes the bass / bass / drums ensemble The Deep, with bassist Mike Frost.



Chuck Alder Sound & Vision…


The Illusion:




“Did You See Her Eyes”


Dig Chuck’s lead vocal on “Angel” from Together as a Way of Life