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What are some good Rhodes Jazz recordings other than Herbie?
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.
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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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
"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.
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.
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.