Bill Evans in his trio used several interludes with voicings that were meant for the Tines. I’d play the same voicings on Acoustic Piano and was surprised it didn’t carry tone like the bellish Rhodes..
Check out Hank Jones' album Rockin' in Rhythm (1977). Straight ahead jazz trio studio session, in which he alternates tunes with Rhodes and piano. To me, it doesn't get better than this for showing off the beauty of a clean suitcase Rhodes sound for jazz. This Rhodes is set up so well that Hank seems to be able to translate his piano style to the Rhodes without thinning it out too much.
For more jazz piano concept on Rhodes, Clare Fischer albums often feature him on Rhodes, including his 1982 album Starbright, a duo with Gary Foster on alto and flute.
A practical question/comment: If I'm playing a solo gig with a keyboard where I can choose between a good piano and a good rhodes sound, I'll sometimes throw in a few tunes on rhodes, but I usually keep it 90+% acoustic piano, for two reasons. First, I feel that slathering on the rhodes will be too strange to average listener's ears. I'm talking now about gigs where you're playing for an audience most of whom did not come specifically to hear you play.
Second, given the typical ambient noise in a restaurant or bar, I don't think the rhodes will cut through as well when that's what you need. Ambient room noise will wax and wane as the crowd grows or thins or become more or less boisterous. With acoustic piano tones you can adjust your playing to match the entire spectrum. I think a rhodes tone would get washed out during the noisy times much more easily. That's my theory, anyway.
But a smattering of tunes done on a rhodes patch can be a very tasty ingredient.
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@Jazz+ - You are correct. That is a 2006 re-recording. Can't find the original. Here is another Strawbs song with Rhodes prominent in the beginning but buried under other instruments later in the song.
I too played "Just The Way You Are" at many a school dance, but I still have a soft spot for the tune. Such a well written and crafted song, and Billy sounds great on this live version. I always thought the Phil Woods sax solo on the recording was one of the best pop/rock sax solos of all time as well. Great stuff...