Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Quincy Jones and Patrice Rushen talk the Fender Rhodes

'When you want warmth and mellowness...Fender Rhodes...' -  Quincy Jones

Shout out to bboytechreport and the good folks responsible for 'Down the Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story'.

'Down the Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story' is a documentary which brings together all-time legends including Quincy Jones, D'angelo, James Poyser, Patrice Rushen, Dave Grusin, Chick Corea and many more, to celebrate one of the most loved instruments of all time, the Fender Rhodes electric piano.

The Rhodes has been used in a variety of musics and settings, from the world of rock (The Doors), to jazz and - arguably most prevalently in the late nineties up to the current day at least - neo-soul.

For ten weeks, bboytech is bringing clips from the documentary.  Above are snippets of two of the piano's most well known and loved proponents: the incomparable Mr Quincy Jones and the legendary Patrice Rushen.

Every one of these clips is essential viewing, but there's an extra special place in my heart for the ending of the clip with Rushen; the joy she feels when playing the piano is totally obvious and infectious.            

'Down the Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story' looks set to be essential viewing for anyone with even the smallest interest in keys, piano and soulful music of any shade.  Check out more clips here and order / download the documentary (note: in differing formats and packages) here.

'Down the Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story'


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