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Morning Dance (1979)
Spyro Gyra

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Name:  Phil Kadidlo <>
Rating:  5 / 5
Comments:  Tom Schumann and Jeremy Wall helped define the late 70's/early 80's Rhodes sound with this best-selling album. The song "Morning Dance" became an FM radio hit, with the Rhodes providing mostly pad chords, behind the more apparent marimba of Dave Samuels and catchy steel pans that open the track. Still, the surprise of Schumann's Rhodes solo coming right out of the marimba sounds so jubilant.

Other outstanding Rhodes tracks include "Song for Lorraine" with a snappy Rhodes intro, "Starbust" with a pretty long, developed Rhodes solo, the subtle, celeste type use of Rhodes on the exquisite ballad "Rasul", the double-tracked, 'stereo-spread' Rhodes intro vamp on Little Linda (a technique common on Al Jarreau's records as well), the Steely Dan-influence 'Mu chords' on "End of Romanticism", and the way-funky, George Duke-inspired "Helipolis", complete with 'barking' Rhodes solo!

Name:  clay73
Rating:  5 / 5