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 poll_icon  Poll  Poll Question: Who Is The Best Fender Rhodes Player?
Chick Corea VotesVotesVotes 2 (16%)
Donald Fagen VotesVotesVotes 2 (16%)
Billy Preston VotesImageVotes 0 (0%)
Joe Zawinul VotesVotesVotes 1 (8%)
Ray Manzarek VotesVotesVotes 4 (33%)
Stevie Wonder VotesVotesVotes 3 (25%)
Herbie Hancock VotesImageVotes 0 (0%)
Bill Evans VotesImageVotes 0 (0%)
Total votes: 12  
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« Thread started on: Apr 4th, 2014, 4:06pm »

All of these guys are great keyboardists and each of them has blown me away with the amazing Fender Rhodes electric piano.

Tops for me would have to be Ray Manzarek due to the fact that he was both the keyboardist and bass player for The Doors, solely on the Fender Rhodes. He knew just how to play that instrument ever so sweetly.

Of course, Billy Preston playing Get Back with The Beatles, and the awesomely talented Donald Fagen are right up there too.

It's really hard to pick the best out of this bunch.
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« Reply #1 on: Apr 4th, 2014, 4:44pm »

Not an area of my expertise, but I'll vote for Ray Manzarek simply because his keyboard sounds were so pivotal to the success of The Doors.
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« Reply #2 on: Apr 4th, 2014, 6:56pm »

A bunch of legendary musicians on that list. Very hard to choose. But if I had to, I'd go with the guy who had a big part in some of my all time favorite albums...Joe Zawinul.
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« Reply #3 on: Apr 4th, 2014, 7:20pm »

I love this poll, still I can't vote, it's too hard to choose... I'm partial to Donald Fagen but rather because of his song writing and arranging, as a Rhodes player in particular I don't see him on the top of this list wink
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« Reply #4 on: Apr 5th, 2014, 12:21am »

Ray Manzarek.
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« Reply #5 on: Apr 5th, 2014, 08:31am »

Can't abide The Doors and don't see the fascination with Ray Manzarek to be honest.

He mainly played Fender Rhodes piano bass keyboard (it's not an electric piano)on top of an electric organ (Vox Continental eg.).



Manzarek's way way behind most of the names on the poll list including some who aren't like George Duke and Joe Sample.

As I only have one vote it goes to Stevie Wonder.

Search youtube for Down The Rhodes Webisode to hear some legends talking about and demonstrating various Fender Rhodes incarnations.
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« Reply #6 on: Apr 5th, 2014, 08:47am »

^ Have to agree on that; Manzarek was a great keyboardist but we're talking here about Fender Rhodes in particular. I had a hunch he would win this poll though as lots of forumites are rather prog/rock lovers than jazz lovers so they will vote for him.
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« Reply #7 on: Apr 7th, 2014, 06:53am »

RE Manzarek.

on Apr 5th, 2014, 08:31am, unclealbert wrote:
He mainly played Fender Rhodes piano bass keyboard (it's not an electric piano)on top of an electric organ (Vox Continental eg.).



Agreed, The Doors signature sound was actually Manzarek's use of the Vox Continental combo organ.

I voted Donald Fagen BTW... now that's Fender Rhodes playin' !
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« Reply #8 on: Apr 7th, 2014, 2:09pm »

Of those listed in this poll I like Donald Fagen the best... Herbie as a good no. 2 and Ray as a good no. 3 smiley
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« Reply #9 on: Apr 8th, 2014, 04:19am »

Chick does it for me on the Rhodes. I especially love his Mark V sound (which I have myself here). So clear and defined.
Also dig his more barking sound from the earlier RTF albums. 500 miles high still remains one of my favourite Rhodes solos:



Herbie would be a close second for me. I don't know Zawinul very well as I'm not that much into Weather Report (know Zawinul better from his works with Miles).

Regarding Ray Manzarek; I don't see the fuzz either and don't find his playing to be something special at all, but it's probably more of a status and context thing.

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« Reply #10 on: Apr 8th, 2014, 08:49am »

Bill Evans was a jazz pianist who played both Steinway piano and Fender Rhodes. He released over 50 albums between 1956 and 1980.


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« Reply #11 on: Apr 8th, 2014, 08:50am »

George Duke was another giant on the Rhodes. Probably should have listed him among the others in the poll.

Jeff Lorber and George Duke
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« Reply #12 on: Apr 9th, 2014, 08:09am »

on Apr 8th, 2014, 08:49am, CountingOutTime wrote:
Bill Evans was a jazz pianist who played both Steinway piano and Fender Rhodes. He released over 50 albums between 1956 and 1980.


Bill was truly special, though I think his piano playing is more associated with him then the Rhodes. Bill influenced probably every piano player after him as well as other instrumentalists and composers.

Duke was another great on the Rhodes (and that was kind of his signature, along with synths). Loved his work with Zappa. Such a cheerful guy smiley
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« Reply #13 on: Apr 9th, 2014, 10:53pm »

Chick Corea is the best at Rhodes IMHO.
George Duke was great too, as Herbie and Zawinul. i agree with Santibanks about Bill Evans, he was a unique piano player and composer.
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