Rufus Philpot: “The first time I heard Level 42's The Chinese Way on the radio, I couldn’t believe someone could play bass that fast in a pop song”

Rufus Philpot
(Image credit: Courtesy of Rufus Philpot)

Rufus Philpot has a long list of incredible musicians on his resume – Allan Holdsworth, Tony MacAlpine, Tool drummer Danny Carey, Virgil Donati, Derek Sherinian, Simon Phillips, vibes legend Roy Ayers, Reggie Washington, Scott Kinsey, Kirk Covington, Joel Rosenblatt, and Randy Brecker among them. 

He also plays with jazz guitarist Scott Henderson as part of the Nomad Trio, and was a member of Planet X and the Virgil Donati Group for five years. 

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