The Fender Rhodes is not really an "electric piano." It is its own thing, a unique instrument, so warm and yet so percussive. Thirty some years ago, Ruben Blades and I wrote a chapter in the first Rock & Rap Confidential report. I went over to his apartment in New York to work on it and, while there was some furniture in the place, the main thing was the Fender Rhodes sitting in the middle of the kitchen. Standing there, listening to Ruben speak, I wondered which of his many great songs had been written on it.
In this video, Terrace Martin, saxophonist/keyboardist and a key ingredient in the rise of Kendrick Lamar, talks about his love of the Fender Rhodes. Terrace's new album, Velvet Portraits, was released on April 1.