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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #30 on: October 27, 2011, 09:11:59 PM »
Just watched mine tonight...

Ben, you did a fantastic job of capturing how this instrument engaged -- and inspired -- a generation of fabulous artists, and is being passed along to a new generation.  You could feel the love and joy as they sat down at the keyboard. There's really nothing like it.

I now have a long list of Rhodes albums to discover for the first time.

Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #31 on: November 01, 2011, 11:41:11 AM »
Just got my PAL-encoded DVD this morning.. worked like a treat Ben.

Well done guys.. beautifully put together and an absolute joy to watch.

I also loved the use of the Fender Rhodes style on the artist names... took me a while to notice it.. but a classy touch.

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« Reply #32 on: November 01, 2011, 03:04:16 PM »
Got my copy 2 days ago... I have watched this 2 times already! Plus I came back to replay some chapters again. I really enjoyed every second, I find this documentary itself to be a piece of the rhodes story also. I wish I could ever met some of the people interviewed. You can see on their faces they really enjoy being involved in such a project, as they really feel love and respect for these keyboards.

We already had that Miles documentary with Chick Corea and Herbie, we got George Duke involved with softwares emulating Rhodes Keyboards, but this film goes way beyond anything we could expect... Patrice Rushen was lovely, Greg Phillinganes was a discovering to me, Bob James was great, also the man playing "free" by Deneice Williams whose name I can't remember right now... I hooked up some songs & faces and I really enjoyed this.

If you don't have your copy already, don't miss this one. I found it so INSPIRING, so it was enough talk and I'm going back to PLAY MY RHODES!
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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #33 on: November 02, 2011, 06:28:02 AM »
Mine arrived in the post yesterday (UK). Ended up switching off the football match last night and watching the DVD.
Was not disspointed - its something that needs to be watched again and again.
Really good work Ben.

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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #34 on: November 02, 2011, 08:23:09 AM »
Anyone notice George Duke's Rhodes with what looked like a metal flat top and then a clavinet on top in a perspex case?

I wonder was this for interference purposes from the clav.

I also assume the clavinet was this one with the custom pitch bend.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kazeEqmd7Ss

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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #35 on: November 04, 2011, 12:30:28 PM »
Thanks very much for the compliments, I'm glad to hear it's been meaningful for everyone because it sure was very meaningful for us to put it together!
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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #36 on: November 04, 2011, 07:48:50 PM »
Really tasteful, informative and entertaining film Ben, major kudos to you and your collaborators!

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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #37 on: November 06, 2011, 01:44:26 PM »
I just can't figure out how you were able to put together such a fantastic visual and sonic film, loaded with great interviews, edited perfectly, and not charge more than you do for it. I thoroughly enjoyed it. This film really fills a void.

Thank You

P.S. Thanks for the fast shipping too.

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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #38 on: November 14, 2011, 11:38:35 AM »
The Fender Rhodes story is truly a cool documentary and monumental milestone of Fender Rhodes History- It is smartly directed and produced. Hats off to you Ben- The only thing I would have liked to seen more of is the changes the piano went thru and any input the artists may have had on this. Questions to the artists like which years they preferred, stories of particular pianos and finally maybe some technical insight. It was a real joy to watch and I highly recommend it.

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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #39 on: November 15, 2011, 02:13:44 PM »
Thanks!  Yes we did have more technical insight from the engineers, but most of the musicians didn't even remember which models they owned or from what years they came... i.e. one artist said he used the Rhodes on every session in the early 60s... and the Rhodes wasn't even around then so, we had to monitor the accuracy :).  Generally when I asked them what their favorite Rhodes was, they would say "one that works."  So then there's that haha.  It was unanimous though that all the artists preferred the suitcase models.

I may put together a separate resource of the evolution of models, just because there are so many confusing cosmetic vs. internal changes. 


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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #40 on: November 30, 2011, 10:29:05 AM »
Hi.

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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #41 on: December 03, 2011, 07:43:20 PM »
Got my DVD last night.  Incredible job on the project, superb sound and editing.  My guitar playing brother even watched some bits of it.  I've been playing rhodes since 1978 and there were some artists I had not heard before.  I love a good story, especially the one about George Duke borrowing Chick Corea's rhodes in the the early days before the two knew each other, and George loving the piano so much that he "pounded the bejeesus out of it" and returned it to Chick with half the tines busted.  I busted a gut when the editing went back to Chick's look of restrained disgust as he recalled that episode!

Well worth the price, every rhodes enthusiast should have a copy of this DVD!
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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #42 on: December 05, 2011, 03:56:51 AM »
I finally got my issue of this.  Will be watching it soon and give my thoughts.

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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #43 on: December 07, 2011, 10:05:06 AM »
This is seriously a must have the the Rhodes enthusiast.  Thank you for doing this, it was done so well that I know I'll be watching it over and over!
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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #44 on: December 20, 2011, 09:00:37 PM »
Anyone notice George Duke's Rhodes with what looked like a metal flat top and then a clavinet on top in a perspex case?

I wonder was this for interference purposes from the clav.

I also assume the clavinet was this one with the custom pitch bend.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kazeEqmd7Ss

Yup that's the castlebar modification.  Not many around.

Anyone notice that when Ramsey Lewis is playing his Rhodes that the piano is NOT PLUGGED IN?

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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #45 on: December 21, 2011, 05:59:32 PM »
Just submitted my donation.  Can't wait to see it! :)

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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #46 on: December 29, 2011, 05:27:46 PM »
just saw mine  :P
it's absolutely fantastic ; thousands congrats for that ,
no doubt that this documentary will be historic

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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #47 on: December 30, 2011, 10:33:39 PM »
Had the day off today, and finally got a chance to watch it.  REALLY great documentary!  Thanks a million for making this.

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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #48 on: January 03, 2012, 07:42:25 AM »
Just order a copy . Greece is waiting for that. Thanks Ben for all your dedication to the Rhodes.
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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #49 on: January 03, 2012, 07:10:19 PM »

Anyone notice that when Ramsey Lewis is playing his Rhodes that the piano is NOT PLUGGED IN?

Someone has a keen eye!  That piano was on location in a studio, and had an XLR output out of the back.  Very strange... I guess for a studio they wanted an XLR bypassing the preamp.  So it was direct to the board, out the back.

Thanks again everyone for the compliments :)
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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #50 on: January 26, 2012, 07:22:32 AM »
Haha, right, I noticed that, too!

Anyway, a wonderful film, I watched mine last night and was very impressed. It demonstrates nicely why the Rhodes had that impact on the music scene and why people still love it today.

Thanks to all who contributed to that great project!
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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #51 on: January 26, 2012, 03:17:14 PM »
DVD Just came today.Just saw it.
I don't think it could easily been better!
Awesome! Fantastic! A total Rhodes dope !
A BIG thanks for all this effort Ben and Gerald !
Really can not still go out of my mind .

T H A N K S !!!!!!

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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #52 on: February 01, 2012, 03:54:01 PM »
Thanks again to everyone for their support!

We have launched a webisode series on our YouTube channel, covering additional bonus material that was not used in the film.  Feel free to subscribe to be up to date on when the next ones will be released!

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« Reply #53 on: February 01, 2012, 07:56:44 PM »
Great! thank you! a pleasure to watch
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« Reply #54 on: February 02, 2012, 06:26:40 AM »
After seeing the Deodato and Bob James clips on Youtube (thanks for the link Ben!) I've finally made my overdue donation. I'm really looking forward to it!!

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« Reply #55 on: February 13, 2012, 02:02:55 PM »
brillant video! thanks a lot...

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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #56 on: February 16, 2012, 01:38:49 AM »
Just updating - we've uploaded webisodes for:

Ray Manzarek (The Doors, etc.)
http://allmusic.com/artist/ray-manzarek-p19144/credits

Ronnie Foster (George Benson, Stevie Wonder, etc.)
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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #57 on: February 25, 2012, 12:03:01 AM »
Congrats to Chick, Stanley, and Lenny for their recent Grammy wins!  We've updated the webisodes for:

Lenny White
http://youtu.be/TgtwH2OPTGk

Stanley Clarke
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Chick Corea
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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #58 on: March 07, 2012, 05:49:13 PM »
Hello bjammers,

I sent you email about that DVD, but I didn't get response...oh well, maybe it ended up in your "spam" folder ..

Anyway, I am from Serbia, and we don't have paypal here ... is there any other way I can pay , because I am really interested in watching that movie.
I watched youtube excerpts, and alone that was GREAT !

Thanks for making that movie !


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« Reply #59 on: March 20, 2012, 03:24:32 PM »
Dear Ben ,
Who is playing the backround theme with Rhodes on the first chapter of the DVD when Harold speaks about the material that  would take from the airplanes to make a piano out if it ect. ? Very inspiring !
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