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  • #2
    Chick Corea's "Spain" and "La Fiesta" are some good ones, although not exactly what you said you were looking for, then there is the Return to Forever (with Al Dimeola, Stanley Clarke, and Lenny White), really out there stuff for its day.

    Ray Charles played a mean Rhodes, check out some of his old stuff.

    As does Bob James.

    that's about how far my brain can be racked on older Rhodes players other than Herbie.

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      • #4
        When I think Jazz Rhodes I actually think Chick Corea...



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        • #5
          You won't find much Rhodes in bop and swing settings for obvious reasons...it didn't even exist until the late sixties! There are recordings of Duke Ellington playing a Wurlitzer back in the 50s, not sure if they are currently available (I have them on an OOP Mosaic boxset).

          There's an old Columbia LP called "The Bill Evans Album" where Bill plays Rhodes on about half the tunes.

          Joe Zawinul with Cannonball Adderly, "Mercy Mercy Mercy", "Country Preacher", etc. though that's more "soul jazz" than bebop.
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          • #6
            Not pure jazz, more soul, but great Rhodes playing.


            Did You Feel That? (1994)
            Joe Sample

            http://www.fenderrhodes.com/v2/records/150/Joe+Sample+Did+You+Feel+That%3F.html

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            Comments: this album is a must have for fender funk lovers. a fantastic line-up: Joe Sample (rhodes), Steve Gadd (drums) and a funky horn section.
            Also useful developping your own skills and timing

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            • #7
              Hampton Hawes also played the Rhodes in the early '70's. Northern Windows is one example.

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              • #8
                i love Deodatos Rhodesplaying. Very rhythmic!
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                • #9
                  Late to this thread, but i second the motion on:
                  Bill Evans
                  Deodata (Also Sprach Zarathustra)
                  Joe Sample

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                  • #10
                    "You won't find much Rhodes in bop and swing settings for obvious reasons...it didn't even exist until the late sixties!"

                    I know that. But I was hoping there are some modern (still alive, playing in 2012) straight ahead jazz groups who just happen to use a rhodes and might have recorded a CD of standards or something.

                    thanks

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                    • #11
                      Any Crusaders before 1978. Joe Sample does great Rhodes work on that stuff. I have a 1978 CD of them during the disco era - fusion to a disco beat. YUK.
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                      • #12
                        A personal fav:

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                        • #13
                          "You won't find much Rhodes in bop and swing settings for obvious reasons...it didn't even exist until the late sixties!"

                          I know that. But I was hoping there are some modern (still alive, playing in 2012) straight ahead jazz groups who just happen to use a rhodes and might have recorded a CD of standards or something.

                          thanks


                          Very doubtful one exists. The only advantage of using a Rhodes back in the day was portability and lack of tuning issues. These days you can get pretty darn good sampled acoustic piano sounds with the same advantages.

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                          • #14
                            I was going to suggest some Ramsey Lewis, but he's a bit more on the funk side. Good Rhodes playing on "Sun Goddess" and Earth, Wind & Fire is the backup band.

                            I'm a big fan of Dan Siegel's playing, and he does a lot of Rhodes work.

                            You may also want to look into some 1960s Brazilian jazz Bossa Nova stuff, like Gilberto, Wanderley, Jobim.
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                            • #15
                              Chick's still the Man. Light as a Feather is my all-time favorite slab of jazz on vinyl, but its more latin.

                              Vince Guaraldi had some great Rhodes jazz.

                              Another favorite of mine is Michael Franks' The Art of Tea album. Contemporary (For 1976) vocal-pop-jazz. But Joe Sample is absolutely amazing throughout. He plays Rhodes exclusively on the whole album with the exception of the last song on which he plays acoustic piano. Amazing tone and amazing playing that serves the songs perfectly.

                              Then there's all the late 70's yacht rock stuff that has the stereo suitcase Rhodes bathed in Phase 90.
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