The guitarist Chuck Gentry should not be confused with the reed player of the same name, a specialist in low horns such as the baritone saxophone. Both Gentry frequented recording studios, however, so perhaps may have even run into each other at some point. The guitarist was involved as a young man in sessions producer Billy May put together for Nat King Cole; guitar fans, however, mostly prefer earlier Cole sides in which the instrument was featured more prominently in a trio setting.
Gentry came more into his element in ensuing decades, working out of a rhythm and blues and funk bag for artists such as keyboard noodler George Duke and dance funk team Shalamar. The guitarist has also performed on keyboards, drums and various sampling equipment, keeping pace with technological developments in the studio. Since the '90s he gives the impression of having curtailed his recording activities.