Spotlight on a superstar accompanist: Richard Tee. You probably know his sound from his long-running association with Paul Simon, especially his Rhodes piano on "Still Crazy After All These Years." He was also a sought-after session musician who played on records such as Grover Washington Jr. and Bill Withers's "Just the Two of Us."
Three things to learn from Richard Tee: 1. His "orchestral" accompaniment style, using low octaves in the left hand and full chords covering both melody and harmony in the right hand. He honed this style while backing singers as a solo pianist early in his career. 2. His inventiveness as an accompanist, playing parts that weren't distracting while never settling for garden variety patterns or arpeggios. 3. His dreamy tone on the Rhodes piano, the two tracks above being great examples. (Billy Joel claims that Tee had the nicest sounding Rhodes that he had ever played.)