Tetsu Yamauchi

This Fukuoka, Japan native performed superbly  on record and in concert when he assumed the bass chair for not one, but two bass icons in a single year:   Andy Fraser (Free) and Ronnie Lane (Faces), in 1973. With Free, Tetsu Yamauchi augmented the template set by Fraser, distorting the sound of his Fender Telecaster and Precision basses while leaving space aplenty for Messrs. Paul Rogers, Simon Kirke, Rabbit Bundrick, and an ailing Paul Kossoff as they rendered their final masterpiece – Heartbreaker, an album grossly under appreciated at the time of its release. In the Faces, Tetsu ‘s recorded output was brief: a few singles and the lackluster Coast to Coast: Overture and Beginners (1974) live platter wherein Tetsu, Kenny Jones, Ian MacLagen, and Ron “I’ve Got My Own Album to Do” Wood were relegated to second billing to Rod the Mod – a decision made in the board room, not the pub I assure you. In addition to his aforementioned high-profile gigs, Tetsu was a top UK session player.  Mr. Yamauchi’s finest work that I am aware of was the one-off album Kossoff, Kirke, Tetsu & Rabbit (1972) which lacked songs despite the band’s instrumental prowess and spirited performances.