A Phil Brodie Band
20th 1950, Detroit USA
lively bass guitar player Jerome Rimson has played most genres from
the soul of Motown to his rhythmic, thundering bass work on the Roger
Chapman songs to the varied mixes of Van Morrison really shows what
a versatile, accomplished bassist Jerome really is and why he is so
sort after in the world of music. Jerome was James Jamerson influenced,
and lucky enough to have met the great man James himself, back in his
early days in Detroit City.
Has worked with (to
mention a few):
Automatic Man /
Chris Amoo / Ginger Baker / The Bee Gees / Blackmail / Elkie Brooks
Peter Brown / Roger Chapman / Phil Collins / Lester Williams / Johnny
Mary Coughlan /The Contours / Al Di Meola / Donovan / Lamont Dozier
/ The Dramatics /
The Detroit Emeralds / Aretha Franklin /Eddie Grant / Topper Headon
/ Eddie Howell /
Gus Isidore / Gary
Moore / Al Jarreau / Killing Joke / Mark Knopfler / Ron
Phil Lynott / Brian May / Freddie Mercury / Van Morisson / Johnny Logan
Brian Robertson / Martha and the Vandella's / Eddie Cleanhead Vincent
/ Midge Ure /
Hazel O'Conner / Brian Parish / Frieda Payne / The Real Thing / Edwin
Rick Wakeman / Steve Winwood / Ronnie Wood / Stomu Yamashta / LeMar
Jerome Rimson bassist,
Brian Downey drums, Douglas Brockie guitar.
1969 ~ 1999
Played bass on the famous track Man from Manhattan which features
on the album Ghost Of A Smile with Freddie Mercury on piano and vocals,
and Brian May on Guitar. The last two soon afterwards formed the now
legendary band Queen. Released by Warner Brothers.
and musical director for the Detroit Emeralds, receiving Gold status
for 'Feel the Need in Me', U.K. number one in 1972.
on Jamming The Blues with Eddie Cleanhead Vinson This is an excellent
outing from a performer, who was claimed by both the jazz and blues
album Tears on my Pillow by Hugh Masakela & Johnny Nash is released
by CBS with Jerome Rimson on bass.
bass on the band Headstone's third album release.
musical director Van Morrison, played on several tours including the
famous Montreux Jazz Festivals in Switzerland, Knebworth Festivals.
Many concerts in Europe, Australia and America.
for Jazz, recording with Al Jarreau. One of the most famous concerts
in Hamburg, Germany is released on Video/DVD. The Go Project Live from
Paris is released on Island records. Jerome Rimson demonstrates some
incredible bass-playing. Some other musicians on that live recording
are Stomu Yamashta, Steve Winwood, Michael Schrieve and Al Di Meola.
Played bass on the album Love On My Mind by Brian Parish
1976 - 1977:
for The Real Thing, receiving Gold status for You to Me Are Everything.
Played bass and keyboards on several tracks.
of the Visitors album on Island Records of the band Automatic Man. Several
songs including "Give it To Me" and "Live Wire"
were nothing like ever heard before on top 40 radio. Jerome appears
as the bassist on the Che Che Kule album by Eddie Quansah
live concert in Hamburg with Roger Chapman with Jerome on bass and vocals
is released, also released on video & dvd). Played bass on the Soundtrack
for Stg. Pepper's The Movie staring the Bee Gees The record was produced
by George Martin and the tracks Jerome contributed to were Maxwell's
Silver Hammer and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Finale)
album Mail Order Magic is released by Roger Chapman with Jerome Rimson
on bass. Jerome Played bass on Phillip Lynott's album "Solo in
Soho", becoming the only bass player to play bass on a Phil Lynott
album apart from Phil himself. Blonde on Blonde released a single, it
included a rendition of Led Zeppelin's "Whole lotta love"
The b-side "Woman is free" was from the soundtrack of the
movie called "Golden Lady"
1981: Played bass on the single "This
Must Love" of the artist Chris Amoo.
Played bass on the "Phil Lynott Album"
Lynott and Jerome Rimson produced the first single for a Dublin band
called Blue Russia. Released on Vixen Records in Ireland.
bass and provided vocals to the Waking Up album by ex Clash's Topper
of Under The Influence by Mary Coughlan, Jerome plays bass.
Records released a Steve Winwood album called Finer Things with Jerome
on bass on the track Crossing the Line.
songs that Jerome recorded with Van Morrison in 1974 are released on
the double album Philosophers Stone and became one of his biggest surprise
albums with unknown materials. Re- Release of Ghost of a Smile featuring
Jerome Rimson, Freddie Mercury & Brian May. Release of Anthology
1979 - 1998 by Roger Chapman. Jerome's credits are bass and co-writer.
Jerome contributes bass on the Tribute to Duke Ellington album.
~ The beginning ~
Jerome Rimson, was born December 20th 1950, in Detroit, Michigan
his Grand-dad Rimson being a Pentasol Bishop and his Grandad Williams
a Pentasol Priest, Jerome was brought up surrounded and influenced by
gospel music. Jerome joined the school band playing bass, this was short
lived, when the teachers found out he could not read the dots he got
the boot!! Like all true musicians Jerome has the music in his soul
and played by ear. This set back did not deter his enthusiasm to make
music, so he made the trumpet his first instrument and joined The Detroit
Thunderbirds which played at football, baseball games etc.. With his
gospel upbringing, Jerome also played the organ in various churches,
where he met up with a young fellow organist Lester Williams, who Jerome
said was better than him, so Jerome went back to his bass!! These two
young lads, Jerome on bass, Lester on keyboard started another band
with Art Lewis playing sax, Jerome Barnes with guitar, Floyd Johnson
on drums and Derek Toni on trumpet ~ so enters The Monticarlos! I asked
Jerome why he didn't play trumpet in this band. He said laughingly "I
really had to learn my bass guitar now .. Lester was better than me
on the keyboards, and Derek was better than me on the trumpet too"!!
Well Jerome certainly did learn .. which was, in the very beginning
his first choice .. the bass guitar.
from Jerome Rimson's exciting new book
The Trumpet was the first instrument I learned to play publicly.
The Detroit Thunderbirds Drum & Bugle Corps. Although I've always
been able to pick out a tune on the piano. So at the age of 11 me and
my friend Rodell Comer would go twice a week to Brewster Centre home
of Joe Lewis and later Thomas Hearns the boxers. There we would play
and march for two and a half hours. The ages ranged from nine years
to about thirty years old, 150 members with colour guard! Great band
jazz arrangements of things like King of Kings and on Broadway! We played
the big parades at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Bewster Projects
in the 60s-70s was no mans land. Heavy crime, drugs mainly heroin, pimps
& gangs. Most of the Thunder Birds were gang members but boy could
these guys play! ©2006
Jerome Rimson, MCM Global Team Ltd.
bass I owned was a Crestwood made in Japan copy of a Fender. I took
it everywhere I went. I was a laughing stock, I had no case for the
thing, I looked like I'd walked to Detroit from Mississippi the way
I carried it over my shoulder. No matter how gifted you are at any instrument,
you still have to learn to play it. Being in Detroit where the best
electric bassist in the world at the time held court made it difficult
because every one was comparing you to the man. I would practice until
I had internal bleeding and still people would laugh at me. Mom would
say don't get mad get even. This I'll show the bastards attitude made
me practice more and suddenly I started to get it! ©2006
Jerome Rimson, MCM Global Team Ltd..
I got my
first big break when I was in a little studio owned by a guy named Ernest
Bert. He had herd about a group of young boys who had been signed by
the Motown corp. called the Jackson Five and he was trying to get his
own little group, Mad Dog and the Pups established. He called me in
to produce and play keyboards his was my first production and the record
went into the local charts and climbed to number 12. Not bad when you
consider this was a in die label in the home of Tamla-Motown. Anyway
I was ripped off by this guy, I think I was paid fifty bucks by Bert
but while I was working on the track a man walked into the studio. He
was the best dressed dude I'd ever seen. He listened to my work, said
he liked what I was doing and ask me if I wanted to be his musical director
and go to New York with him. With out hesitation I said yes, his name
was Edwin Starr ( Stop Her On Sight, 25 Miles, War What is it Good For?
) From that moment I was with Motown Records, Big time! ©2006
Jerome Rimson, MCM Global Team Ltd.
Big thanks to Jerome and
MCM Global Team Ltd for allowing me use these exclusive paragraphs from
Jerome Rimson's book "RENEGADE" due to be released soon.
Moth to a Flame by Roger Chapman is released with Jerome on Bass.
2002 - present:
Jerome is back with Van Morrison and responsible for rehearsing the
band and discovering potential new additions. At the same time songs
were written and recorded which resulted in the release of one of the
best Van Morrison albums to date in 2005, "Magic Time".
As well as the bass parts Jerome also contributes with vocals &
harmonies on two tracks.
Jerome records several songs in Dublin Ireland with Donovan for a new
several songs in London with Gus
Isidore and Ron Roesing
the x drummer of the Smashing Pumpkins. Jerome started pre-production
on his own solo album with MCM Global Team and Live concerts with Van
Morrison. The Dublin for a live concert with Van included some tracks
of the new album "Magic Time" together with all the golden
2005: Finishing recordings and release of one of the best Van Morrison
albums to date in 2005, "Magic Time". It's not the first time
that a fairly old recording is re-released and shows that the work he's
involved in is always unique. This time again it's Go Live from Paris
with Stomu Yamashta and Steve Winwood.
2005: Concerts with Gus
Isidore and Brian Downey. The first steps and drafts have been made
towards a book that Jerome is writing, "RENEGADE" 35 years
of working with the greatest is enough material for more than just an
average book. Negotiations are ongoing to incorporate the CD Album in
the book itself.
from his work with Van Morrison and projects with Brian Robertson and
Jerome Rimson ~ "The Detroit Hitman"
bass virtuoso / producer is currently kept very busy doing master classes
in Ireland. With the experience that Jerome has, he would gladly assist
with vocals and rhythm arrangements and co-writing projects. He is willing
to cast a professional eye and a fresh perspective over material in
preparation for publishing and is interested in artist development which
with his connections is the real deal! Anybody who needs Jerome Rimson's
help can always e-mail.
~ Book Launch
Jerome is looking forward to his book launch. The book is his life experiences
in "the biz" and the countless people he has met on his journey.
From the struggles in ghettos of Detroit to his amazing first workings
in the UK, the thrills of the Fests to the emotions of Phil Lynotts
last years, from rock n roll on the road to his life now in Ireland.
My chats with Jerome shows this book to be exciting, emotional, extremely
interesting, with plenty of humour. I for one am really looking forward
to reading the whole book.
with courtesy of MCM Global Team Ltd
Jerome's old friend & band mate
Phil Brodie Band