Jeff Baxter On The Competition Between Him And Steve Lukather
The guitarist Jeff Baxter recently talked about the competition between him and Toto’s Steve Lukather when both session musicians worked with Steely Dan.
While some musicians establish their careers in a band in their early years, most start as session musicians, working with bands temporarily before they stabilize a role in a particular group. Many iconic names like Jimmy Page were session musicians before they made it big by joining a stable act.
Jeff Baxter’s heart was also in the temporary job. Even though he was involved with a couple of bands like Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers, he continued his session guitarist role later on in his career. He worked with notable names like Jimmy Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Linda Ronstadt, and Elton John.
While working with Steely Dan, the Toto guitarist Steve Lukather was also a session musician involved in the band’s work. Recently, Baxter addressed whether or not he had a competitive venture with the guitarist. He replied by saying that there was an inevitable competition but, in general, it was a close group, and everyone was chill with each other.
When asked if there was a competition between him and Lukather, Baxter replied:
“Well, there is always competition in the sense that a thousand people are trying to get that one spot which I think is good. It weeds out the chaff and creates a situation where only the best get the job, frankly.
As far as competition between players, myself, Tim May, Luke, Jay Graydon, and Mitch Holder, we all did the sessions. Not really. There is always the thing at the back of your mind that you always want to be 110%. But no, as a matter of fact, it was a community. It was a close-knit and a tribe of studio loonies.”
You can watch the interview below.