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#1042649 - 05/19/06 10:22 AM Who is your favorite pianist?
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Tunerout got me thinking of something that could be an interesting topic for the ABF. Tunerout's pianist inspiration is Frank Cramer. It would be interesting to share who our favorite pianist is. We could get some new leads on some piano inspiration. I would love to play piano like Joe Sample who is a solo performer, pianist for the Crusaders, and backs up many wonderful jazz vocalists. I love the emotion and joy expressed in his playing.

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#1042650 - 05/19/06 10:25 AM Re: Who is your favorite pianist?
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George Winston!! Because he is both a composer and a pianist and creates music of aching beauty. And his playing shows great artistry. And because he is so cool he released an album of solo piano covers of songs by The Doors.

Ludovici Einaudi and David Nevue would also be in my top five.
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#1042651 - 05/19/06 10:31 AM Re: Who is your favorite pianist?
IrishMak Offline
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Registered: 01/20/06
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Loc: New Hampshire, USA
In no particular order: Lyle Mays, Russell Ferrante, Jonathan Cain, David Lanz, George Winston, Tom Coster....
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#1042652 - 05/19/06 10:36 AM Re: Who is your favorite pianist?
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Registered: 04/06/06
Posts: 356
Loc: Frankfurt, Germany
Evgenia Rubinova

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#1042653 - 05/19/06 11:02 AM Re: Who is your favorite pianist?
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Registered: 11/29/05
Posts: 339
Loc: FL
Winston is definitely at the top of my list for releasing the Doors album. How cool is that? I am actually kind of back and forth about liking the Doors, but Winston playing their music is just amazing.... Every time someone new comes over to my house I make them listen to that cd.

My original inspiration, though, is Billy Joel. (I know, it is generic and an uninteresting choice) In my defense you can't just pick someone to inspire you, it just happens.

Also on my list in no particular order: Elton John, Thelonious Monk, Tori Amos, Victor Borge, Beethoven.

Yeah, some odd stuff in that list.
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#1042654 - 05/19/06 11:20 AM Re: Who is your favorite pianist?
Naught Offline
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Registered: 01/08/06
Posts: 272
Loc: Ohio
I'm a rock-n-roller so if we said keyboardists, I would say Rick Wakeman.

Pianist would have to be my teacher, she must be just about the best sight reader ever. She never ceases to impress me. Its the most amazing talent I have ever seen.

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#1042655 - 05/19/06 11:27 AM Re: Who is your favorite pianist?
Euan Morrison Offline
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Registered: 12/01/05
Posts: 1588
Loc: Edinburgh
Classical Pianists: Yundi Li, Valentina Lisitsa, Sviatoslav Richter

Non-classical: Ludovico Einaudi, Yann Tiersen, Michael Nyman.

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#1042656 - 05/19/06 11:31 AM Re: Who is your favorite pianist?
signa Offline
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Registered: 06/06/04
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Loc: Ohio, USA
for current pianists in concert scence, i really like Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Rudu Lupu, who always produce extremely great tone quality when they play.

for pianist who's not in concert scence, my teacher of course!

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#1042657 - 05/19/06 11:57 AM Re: Who is your favorite pianist?
IrishMak Offline
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Loc: New Hampshire, USA
 Quote:
Originally posted by Naught:
I'm a rock-n-roller so if we said keyboardists, I would say Rick Wakeman.
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Ah, yes- you brought one more to mind- Keith Emerson.
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#1042658 - 05/19/06 12:07 PM Re: Who is your favorite pianist?
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#1042659 - 05/19/06 01:21 PM Re: Who is your favorite pianist?
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Registered: 03/02/03
Posts: 535
Loc: New Hampshire
Humm,in classical... probably Van Cliburn but there are others. Lang Lang, Ivo Pogorelic, Gyweneth Chen...
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#1042660 - 05/19/06 01:56 PM Re: Who is your favorite pianist?
loveschopintoomuch Offline
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Registered: 04/05/06
Posts: 4690
Loc: Illinois
Boy, am I out of touch! I never heard of most of the current generation pianists.

I'm still in the age of: George Shearing, Count Bassie and Ray Charles (for non-classical). Are these men all dead?

For classical: Artur Rubinstein (I know he's dead), Horowitz (also deceased), and Vladimir Ashkenazy (alive and wel, I hope).

And for the "what the heck is that" category: I have to go with the Killer...Jerry Lee Lewis! (I don't know if he's living or dead, and I don't think he knows either.)

Saw him in person once and WOW he can play that piano however destroys it in the process. I guess that's why they call him the Killer.
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#1042661 - 05/19/06 02:07 PM Re: Who is your favorite pianist?
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Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 340
Loc: New Jersey
Art Tatum, even Rachmaninov thought he was phenomenal.

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#1042662 - 05/19/06 02:46 PM Re: Who is your favorite pianist?
LiszThalberg Offline
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Registered: 03/13/06
Posts: 3288
I like the 5 browns. If you haven't heard of them, they are a family of 5 that all play together. They are really good. I also like Lang Lang.


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#1042663 - 05/19/06 02:52 PM Re: Who is your favorite pianist?
tenuki Offline
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Registered: 04/06/06
Posts: 669
Loc: Seattle, Wa
Monk
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#1042664 - 05/19/06 03:02 PM Re: Who is your favorite pianist?
swingal Offline
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Registered: 07/31/05
Posts: 1094
Loc: England
Oscar Peterson around 1977. Classically trained and went on to be one of the very few magnificent jazz players.

Alan

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#1042665 - 05/19/06 03:04 PM Re: Who is your favorite pianist?
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Registered: 06/19/04
Posts: 2167
Loc: Blackpool, UK
Mike White \:D


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#1042666 - 05/19/06 03:24 PM Re: Who is your favorite pianist?
tenuki Offline
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Loc: Seattle, Wa
Is Mike White one of the White Stripes?
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#1042667 - 05/19/06 03:30 PM Re: Who is your favorite pianist?
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No, ya know?... our Mike White! ;\)

come to think of it though?...w_scott can play like Errol Garner easily

So he may yet take over from Mike White \:D
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#1042668 - 05/19/06 03:49 PM Re: Who is your favorite pianist?
Kam Offline
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Registered: 01/13/06
Posts: 184
Loc: Canada
classical = J.S. Bach
modern = Ernesto Cortazar and David Lanz
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#1042669 - 05/19/06 04:05 PM Re: Who is your favorite pianist?
pianoga Offline
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Registered: 01/15/06
Posts: 296
Loc: England
I must admit I don't realy know! :rolleyes: My musical tastes have changed and keep evolving...

The only pianist who has always ranked among my favourites since I first heard him is Erroll Garner. Keith Jarrett would be next...

I mostly listen to the likes of Mike White, Seaside Lee, Balladeer these days...
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#1042670 - 05/19/06 04:15 PM Re: Who is your favorite pianist?
A441 Offline
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Registered: 05/22/03
Posts: 207
Loc: N.Eastham, MA.
I'm with geek in the pink...Art Tatum, George Shearing, Adam Makowicz.
Horowitz was also a fan of Tatum.
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#1042671 - 05/19/06 04:38 PM Re: Who is your favorite pianist?
Simon Blundell Offline
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Registered: 04/11/06
Posts: 72
Loc: Liverpool, England
Chico Marx, Martha Argerich

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#1042672 - 05/19/06 04:40 PM Re: Who is your favorite pianist?
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Loc: Blackpool, UK
pianoga

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I mostly listen to the likes of Mike White, Seaside Lee, Balladeer these days...
There is therapy available...
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#1042673 - 05/19/06 04:48 PM Re: Who is your favorite pianist?
gilad Offline
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Registered: 06/30/05
Posts: 271
Loc: south africa
check her out.
Valentina Lisitsa
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWQx678Kku0

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#1042674 - 05/19/06 04:49 PM Re: Who is your favorite pianist?
Seaside_Lee Offline
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Registered: 06/19/04
Posts: 2167
Loc: Blackpool, UK
More seriously

At the moment...I'm listening to Ludovico Einaudi, Erroll Garner, Gene Harris, Marilyn McPartland, Diana Krall, Jamie Cullum and a guy called Larry Petty plays in Nordstroms in Dallas...I bought a couple of his CDs when I was in the states last summer

Can't say I really have an all-time favourite I just love listening to piano players and pianer music


regards


Lee \:\)
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#1042675 - 05/19/06 05:03 PM Re: Who is your favorite pianist?
Shortcircuit85 Offline
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Registered: 03/02/03
Posts: 535
Loc: New Hampshire
Erroll Garner (who Seaside_Lee just mentioned) is a favorite of mine as well. beautiful jazz music, and I believe he can't read a note of it either. Notch one up for the play-by-ear crowd...
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#1042676 - 05/19/06 05:19 PM Re: Who is your favorite pianist?
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Registered: 01/12/06
Posts: 1981
Classical: Dubravka Tomsic

Jazz: Chick Corea

Rock: Rick Wakeman and Keith Emerson
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#1042677 - 05/19/06 06:18 PM Re: Who is your favorite pianist?
Euan Morrison Offline
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Registered: 12/01/05
Posts: 1588
Loc: Edinburgh
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Originally posted by gilad:
check her out.
Valentina Lisitsa
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWQx678Kku0 [/b]
Good call!

Lots more of her videos at http://www.valentinalisitsa.com/valhome.html

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#1042678 - 05/19/06 06:59 PM Re: Who is your favorite pianist?
funburger Offline
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Registered: 02/27/06
Posts: 1417
i dont have a favorite pianist, but what got me interested in playing was the salesmen at the store in the mall when i was a kid. from the moment i heard the piano i wanted to learn. then as i got older my friend played and i would make her play the rose for me All the time. she played beautifully even when she was annoyed:) i never did start playing as i thought i could never learn. then i got my first piano for free so i decided to give it a whirl i had nothing to lose but space.....well one thing led to another and not to long after i bought my piano and passed my first one along to the next newcomer:)so i guess my favorite pianist would have to be the sound of the piano:) and whoever could make music on it i admire and admired!!! so i guess all of you:)
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