“I like what Chuck Rainey did on the bass with Steely Dan. Peg is a really jumpin’ track. For me, I really recognize the importance of what his basslines did for the song. His choices are very smart, and he put real motion to the arrangement.
“I do a teaching camp with Chuck, and I got to hear some of the stories about how he worked with those guys. He told me how he was using his thumb on the bass during a session, and they said, ‘No, no, we don’t like that.’ Well, he turned his back to them and did the exact same thing, and they were like, ‘That’s great. We love that!’ But it was the same part, played the same way.
“To me, this is a classic record with a classic sound. Everything fits. It’s a good lesson in playing music where the bass doesn’t have to be flashy – it just has to be right.”