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Old 02-20-2010, 11:46 AM
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That's right...who is your favourite keys player? (more than one is acceptable).

Mine would be Jon Lord of Deep Purple, turns a humble Hammond Electric Organ into a beast. (See Lazy)
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Old 02-21-2010, 02:31 AM
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Ray Manzarek ~ The Doors, who played bass-line notes on a keyboard bass.
Jon Lord, is one of my favourites also.
Brian May, John Paul Jones, Geddy Lee besides their main instruments to play, they are excellent keyboard players.
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Old 02-21-2010, 03:56 AM
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Kevin Moore.

He has chops, feel, and is an incredible song writer.
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Old 02-21-2010, 06:54 AM
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Josh Silver. Type O Negative.
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Old 02-21-2010, 09:24 AM
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Yep, all the below ... and also ...

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My favourite pianist is ... Elton John! Great rhythm, great touch, great style.







Ok, it's safe to look now.

Also Steve Winwood was great with Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and with Stomu Yamashta.

I'm told that Art Tatum is the greatest jazz pianist player of all time but I know nothing about him. In jazz I love Dave Brubeck, Nina Simone, Cecil Taylor, Chick Corea (on electric piano), George Duke, Herbie Hancock on synths and, especially, Joe Zawinul.

In prog there are some great synth players - Eddie Jobson with Uncle Frank and UK, Stomu Yamashta, Eno, Richard Wright. Mirette Garaudy produced beautiful synth sounds with Steve Hillage. Can't forget Rick Wakeman. Keith Emerson is brilliant but can be grating.

Michael Cotton from The Tubes is an undiscovered treasure IMO. Thijs van Leer from Focus is brilliant at everything.

For organ, obviously Ray from the doors, also Greg Rollie from Santana, Dave Greenfield from The Stranglers,
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Old 02-21-2010, 01:11 PM
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Jazz pianist: Herbie Hancock, without a doubt! The man is brilliant. I just picked up a solo album he did in 1978 called The Piano. It was initially released only in Japan, but has since been re-issued worldwide on CD. I highly recommend it!

Organist: "The Incredible" Jimmy Smith, John Medeski (from Medeski, Martin, and Wood), Tom Coster (underrated but very good!; played with Santana, circa '76), Joey DeFrancesco, and yes Pollyanna, I too love Gregg Rolie's work with Santana; the solo he does on "Oye Como Va" never fails to excite me.
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Jimmy Smith...Organist.
Dr. Lonnie Smith, no relation, ...Organist
Rodney Lee..Keyboardist extraordinaire. MP3 below.
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Old 02-21-2010, 06:04 PM
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John Medeski, Chick Corea, and Herbie Hancock
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Old 02-23-2010, 06:00 AM
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2nd fav would be Aaron Goldberg

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Old 02-23-2010, 06:10 AM
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Rick Wakeman
Tony Banks
Jan Hammer

and good ole Ben Folds
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Old 02-23-2010, 06:33 AM
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Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Joey DeFrancesco, Brad Meldhau, Nick Van Dyke (redemption), and David Garfield although I probably forgot a few, i love the keys
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Old 02-24-2010, 02:58 AM
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Off the top of my head...

Herbie Hancock
Joey DeFrancesco
Ray Charles

I also enjoyed Eddie Jobson - I saw him play live with U.K. and with Jethro Tull. I remember he was pretty fine with a violin as well.
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Ok...


This time I'll keep it to only one. Here's my list, inpo:


Keith Emerson




He's all I need in MY list. Thanks.
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Old 03-01-2010, 11:49 PM
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Hands down it's Chuck Leavell.

Honorable mention to Jimmy Smith, Bruce Katz, and Kenny Kirkland.
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Old 03-12-2010, 05:49 PM
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My list would be like this:

Tuomo Prättälä (great Finnish keyboardist)
Stevie Wonder
Dr. Lonnie Smith
Chester Thompson
Roger Smith
Uri Caine
Joey DeFransesco
Matt Johnson
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Old 03-12-2010, 07:28 PM
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Thelonius Monk, Josef Zawinul, Avishai Cohen, Scott Kinsey, Keith Jarrett, Lyle Mays,Cecil Taylor, Richard Tee, Ray Charles, Jimmy Smith,Gregg Allman and whoever played the keys on Beatles Lady Madonna...
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Otis Spann comes to mind
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Plenty of great ones here, but I'll add Tommy Mars to the list (skip to just before 2 minutes into this video).

Oh, and my sister is a keyboard player. Actually, Jens Johansson, who played the original solo for The Cage which she's covering there, is definitely worth including.
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Rick Wakeman- Yes
Billy Joel
Isaac Slade- The Fray
Jesse Carmichael- Maroon 5
Avril Lavigne
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Old 03-14-2010, 06:53 PM
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Jordan Rudess, Rick Wakeman, Derek Sherinian, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea(from time to time) and alot more that I don't remember the name of.
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Old 03-17-2010, 01:39 PM
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Uh oh. I just had a V8 moment about this thread just now.

I'd like to add another favorite keyboard player of mine, which I've checked the past posts here, and no one has yet to mention.

He's a bit more known for his guitar abilities, but he was, actually, classically trained on the keys before he began playing the guitar. And is certainly worth mentioning here.


Tony MacAlpine

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Old 03-18-2010, 08:10 AM
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Chick Corea, Eddie Jobson, Kieth Emerson, & Elton John are just a few that come to mind.

I have really been on a synth kick lately. It seems to be my favorite instrument to listen to right now. Maybe one day when I have some extra cash, I will get a Mini-Moog or an old Yamaha synth.
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Old 03-18-2010, 12:41 PM
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I have really been on a synth kick lately. It seems to be my favorite instrument to listen to right now. Maybe one day when I have some extra cash, I will get a Mini-Moog or an old Yamaha synth.
Explain synth kick?! Is it just an electronic kick drum or one of the whizz-bang devices where the sound is always programmed different.
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:22 PM
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Explain synth kick?! Is it just an electronic kick drum or one of the whizz-bang devices where the sound is always programmed different.
No, LOL. Sorry, odd wording on my part, I didn't think about the way the word kick would be seen on a drum forum. As in synth kick: I mean I have been listening to a lot of music with synth/keys lately. Much more than usual.

Oh yeah, can't forget George Duke, another great player.
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I love keyboard players...would probably be my second instrument if I wasn't so obsessed with drums.

My favorites are more on the jazz/fusion side -
Jeff Loerber
Gregg Karukas
Alex Bugnon
Ramsey Lewis
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McCoy Tyner, Bobby Timmons, Art Tatum, Ahmad Jamal
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Old 04-06-2010, 11:10 PM
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John Beck - It Bites
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Oh yeah, can't forget George Duke, another great player.
No we cannot. From Zappa's Sofa #2 to the Stanley Clarke - George Duke Project and beyond, I have always been a huge fan of his.
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Old 04-06-2010, 11:37 PM
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I had heard his solo work before, but I recently discovered The Billy Cobham/George Duke Band. What an epic group of musicians. Fusion at its best. check it out: Juicy - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lg86di2p34c
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Dorothy Donegan (very seldom hear her name mentioned, but one of the all-time greats, and one of my personal favorites) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boGfkb-vW2A
Jimmy Smith (baddest SOB that every touched a B-3) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYosY...eature=related
Nat King Cole (yeah, a lot of people have no idea how good of a pianist he was - for example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50efrirBImc)
Albert Ammons - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIVJw8yX6GY
Pete Johnson
Meade Lux Lewis - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28_wHq8MsjU
Oscar Peterson - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHr6ZZxb3G4
Count Basie - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3drqJ1bUmEA
Art Tatum - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BTw6epdq7g
Bobby Timmons - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2je_T...eature=related
Thelonious Monk
Bill Evans
Andre Previn
Fats Waller - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5T2TfC9K1s
Joe Zawinul
Ahmad Jamal
Teddy Wilson
Earl Hines
Otis Spann
Pinetop Perkins
Big Maceo Merriweather - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wadjOl88o-0

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Old 04-07-2010, 04:31 AM
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This time I'll keep it to only one. Here's my list, inpo:


Keith Emerson




He's all I need in MY list. Thanks.

That's a hard list to argue with!

Honorable mention goes to Eddie Jobson for his playing on the Curved Air album "Air Cut". Rick Wakeman on "Fragile" and "Close to the Edge" is also worth a listen.

Of course there are a myriad of great classical pianists and quite a few good jazz pianists....
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Old 04-07-2010, 04:39 AM
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Mark Mothersbaugh - Devo
Nick Rhodes - Duran Duran
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These are not who I think are the "best" keys players, but rather my favourite to listen to.

Richard Wright - Pink Floyd

Vince Guaraldi - best known for the Charlie Brown music

Chris Martin - Coldplay

Glenn Frey - The Eagles
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Old 04-20-2010, 05:08 AM
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Christian Lorenz ~ Rammstein.
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benjamin britten
debussy,
rachmaninov,
beethoven,
arvo pärt,
philip glass,
jan johansson,
esbjörn svensson

thelonious monk
horace silver
keith jarret
and of course the Palmieri Brothers
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Nicky Hopkins!
http://www.nickyhopkins.com/?page_id=6

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Please listen to the youtube link.

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Quite good list, I forgot about the classical stuff.


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benjamin britten
debussy,
rachmaninov,
beethoven,
arvo pärt,
philip glass,
jan johansson,
esbjörn svensson

thelonious monk
horace silver
keith jarret
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