« 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.
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
^ 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.
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.
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