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#1133006 - 12/29/06 07:25 PM VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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THE OFFICIAL 2006
POP ROCK FAVORITE PIANO PLAYER THREAD (PART 1)

(Taking Nominations on this first thread--- post on "who is your favorite pop/rock pianist at this time?"

Someone wanted a thread like this so I'll just start it out.

On this thread simply make a post about your favorite pop/rock pianist. Then add any comments to your post you wish to make as to your choice (comments are optional but it is good to support your pianist canidate. We just need your vote).

The main criteria for juding the variety of pianists out there who are doing or who have done pop/rock piano is that the pianist simply must be your favorite pop/rock pianist.

They must be from the modern eras of pop/rock.
Mainly 1950 to present?

Any questions?

Once we get some nominations perhaps we can get a poll set up to vote on who to give an "award" to.

May the most favorited pop/rock pianist win.

Please be kind to the other members who bring forth their picks--- there is no right answer as it is "to each his own" as to who they like best.

Discussion is as usual much encouraged; but any flaming is not to be tolerated.

I don't know if this sort of thread can fly here, but I will send it out and we shall see.

So now vote for your favorite pop/rock pianist. If he or she doesn't win and you didn't vote you don't have the right to complain.

The first round of votes will determine the top finalists--- then we will take the top picks and set up a poll for the final voting.

This thread is considered dead for counting purposes on January 14th. Vote now!

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#1133007 - 12/29/06 07:27 PM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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I like so many different pop rock pianists but I am voting on Billy Joel.

1. Here is my "Favorite" showing his chops...
ROOT BEER RAG
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JF9D3wnxfvQ

2. Here is Billy Joel doing his tune New York State of Mind.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeSWaHdlVow
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#1133008 - 12/29/06 07:59 PM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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The THREAD IS NOW OPEN... VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE POP/ROCK PIANIST.

 Quote:
Originally posted by wolfindmist:
THE OFFICIAL 2006
POP ROCK FAVORITE PIANO PLAYER THREAD (PART 1)

(Taking Nominations on this first thread--- post on "who is your favorite pop/rock pianist at this time?"

Someone wanted a thread like this so I'll just start it out.

On this thread simply make a post about your favorite pop/rock pianist. Then add any comments to your post you wish to make as to your choice (comments are optional but it is good to support your pianist canidate. We just need your vote).

The main criteria for juding the variety of pianists out there who are doing or who have done pop/rock piano is that the pianist simply must be your favorite pop/rock pianist.

They must be from the modern eras of pop/rock.
Mainly 1950 to present?

Any questions?

Once we get some nominations perhaps we can get a poll set up to vote on who to give an "award" to.

May the most favorited pop/rock pianist win.

Please be kind to the other members who bring forth their picks--- there is no right answer as it is "to each his own" as to who they like best.

Discussion is as usual much encouraged; but any flaming is not to be tolerated.

I don't know if this sort of thread can fly here, but I will send it out and we shall see.

So now vote for your favorite pop/rock pianist. If he or she doesn't win and you didn't vote you don't have the right to complain.

The first round of votes will determine the top finalists--- then we will take the top picks and set up a poll for the final voting.

This thread is considered dead for counting purposes on January 14th. Vote now!

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#1133009 - 12/29/06 08:24 PM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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 Quote:
Originally posted by wolfindmist:
I like so many different pop rock pianists but I am voting on Billy Joel.

1. Here is my "Favorite" showing his chops...
ROOT BEAR RAG
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JF9D3wnxfvQ

2. Here is Billy Joel doing his tune New York State of Mind.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeSWaHdlVow [/b]
Ironic you should pick this one, notice the music sitting on my music rack as we speak...

(one of the pieces I like to play, once my fingers are warmed up)

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#1133010 - 12/29/06 09:02 PM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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So have you decided who you will choose to be your favorite? LOL

Who wrote Root Bear Rag btw? I can't read it with better glasses or a zoom camera? Tell me or I'll have to go fetch for it.

 Quote:
Originally posted by Piano World:
 Quote:
Originally posted by wolfindmist:
I like so many different pop rock pianists but I am voting on Billy Joel.

1. Here is my "Favorite" showing his chops...
ROOT BEAR RAG
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JF9D3wnxfvQ

2. Here is Billy Joel doing his tune New York State of Mind.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeSWaHdlVow [/b]
Ironic you should pick this one, notice the music sitting on my music rack as we speak...

(one of the pieces I like to play, once my fingers are warmed up)

[/b]
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#1133011 - 12/29/06 09:08 PM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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Billy Joel, in 1974.



I haven't seen/heard him perform it in years.
Not surprising considering how much music he has written.

It's a fun piece to play.

I presume the sheet music is still available, although mine is from over 20 years ago when I owned my music store (wow, do I miss those days).
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#1133012 - 12/29/06 09:17 PM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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I wonder what Scott Joplin would think of it...
that breakneck tempo is insane!

That poor piano must get tired after awhile.

Joel really has the chops.Complete package as a musician. Thus I gave him the vote; I still love Ray Charles and Elton .

I want to see Billy Joel in concert again someday... when I saw him during his River Of dreams Tour it was an incredible concert I shall always remember. Probably the best, he even beat seeing the Everly Bros on their Reunion Concert tour twice.

 Quote:
Originally posted by Piano World:
Billy Joel, in 1974.

I haven't seen/heard him perform it in years.
Not surprising considering how much music he has written.

It's a fun piece to play.

I presume the sheet music is still available, although mine is from over 20 years ago when I owned my music store (wow, do I miss those days). [/b]
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#1133013 - 12/29/06 09:28 PM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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 Quote:
Originally posted by wolfindmist:
I wonder what Scott Joplin would think of it...
that breakneck tempo is insane!

That poor piano must get tired after awhile.

Joel really has the chops.Complete package as a musician. Thus I gave him the vote; I still love Ray Charles and Elton .

I want to see Billy Joel in concert again someday... when I saw him during his River Of dreams Tour it was an incredible concert I shall always remember. Probably the best, he even beat seeing the Everly Bros on their Reunion Concert tour twice.

 Quote:
Originally posted by Piano World:
Billy Joel, in 1974.

I haven't seen/heard him perform it in years.
Not surprising considering how much music he has written.

It's a fun piece to play.

I presume the sheet music is still available, although mine is from over 20 years ago when I owned my music store (wow, do I miss those days). [/b]
[/b]
I saw him a couple of years ago with Elton John, fantastic concert!

They worked off each others energy, and challenged each other the entire night.

They both obviously had a lot of respect for each other (as they should), and had a lot of fun playing.

It was a great night, each took turns playing solo, and playing together, with long sets every time. The tickets weren't cheap ($175.00 each), but worth every penny.

Keith Emerson is still my absolute favorite non-classical, non-jazz keyboard player, but Elton and Billy were truly amazing, and I'd pay to see them together again in a heart beat.
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#1133014 - 12/29/06 09:38 PM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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you wrote:
Keith Emerson is still my absolute favorite non-classical, non-jazz keyboard player, but Elton and Billy were truly amazing, and I'd pay to see them together again in a heart beat.

Can we consider him (Keith Emerson) a nominee for the POPular/Rock pianist award????

I don't know as much about Emerson... but I liked what I saw in the recent thread about him. He truly has the gift. Amazing talent there too.

My guess is if this thread even flies it will be a battle between Elton, Billy Joel, Ray Charles, ,Stevie Wonder, Jerry Lee Lewis.

I wanted to see the face to face tour; unfortunately I was too ill when it came to town.
I envy you getting to see that show.

 Quote:
Originally posted by Piano World:
 Quote:
Originally posted by wolfindmist:
I wonder what Scott Joplin would think of it...
that breakneck tempo is insane!

That poor piano must get tired after awhile.

Joel really has the chops.Complete package as a musician. Thus I gave him the vote; I still love Ray Charles and Elton .

I want to see Billy Joel in concert again someday... when I saw him during his River Of dreams Tour it was an incredible concert I shall always remember. Probably the best, he even beat seeing the Everly Bros on their Reunion Concert tour twice.

 Quote:
Originally posted by Piano World:
Billy Joel, in 1974.

I haven't seen/heard him perform it in years.
Not surprising considering how much music he has written.

It's a fun piece to play.

I presume the sheet music is still available, although mine is from over 20 years ago when I owned my music store (wow, do I miss those days). [/b]
[/b]
I saw him a couple of years ago with Elton John, fantastic concert!

They worked off each others energy, and challenged each other the entire night.

They both obviously had a lot of respect for each other (as they should), and had a lot of fun playing.

It was a great night, each took turns playing solo, and playing together, with long sets every time. The tickets weren't cheap ($175.00 each), but worth every penny.

Keith Emerson is still my absolute favorite non-classical, non-jazz keyboard player, but Elton and Billy were truly amazing, and I'd pay to see them together again in a heart beat. [/b]
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#1133015 - 12/29/06 09:59 PM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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I love all good keyboard players, and I'm in awe of many of them (T. Monk,M. Allison,D. Bruebeck, V. Horowitz,A. Rubenstein,B. Evans, R. Wakeman, K. Emerson, et-al).

But I happen to be particularly found of energetic, technically proficient interpretations and improvisations.

For that... Emerson is my man.

I can enjoy any good piano/keyboard playing.

When I attended the NAMM show a couple of years ago, there was a young piano player (who's name unfortunately escapes me right now), who could wail on the piano, and play anything he heard.

When I caught up with him, he happened to be in the Estonia booth. There was a monster Hammond musician playing in a booth across from them.

This kid played back everything the Hammond musician was playing, then embellished it.

I just love good keyboard music, of any kind.
That's why I'm so thrilled about how our Forums have grown. We have an amazing range of talented musicians, from "newbies" to concert artist and other professional performers.

I wish I could hear/see every one of them play, because I like and respect them all.

Look at our motto...
It's Fun to Play The Piano ... Pass It On!

Ok, I'll shut up now.
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#1133016 - 12/29/06 11:53 PM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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For me it would have to be a tie between Elton[/b] and Billy Joel[/b], although I've got to admit Billy Joel hand techniques on those keyboards are superb, I still think Elton is also up there at the top....he is a real showstopper, his creative style and rythym always inspire me and keep my heart dancing!

Also I would like to nominate Bruce Hornsby[/b]
I'll never forget how well he played " The way it Is"on that Steinway. Too bad we don't hear much from him anymore. Does anybody happpen to have a video of Bruce playing The Way It IS?

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#1133017 - 12/30/06 12:01 AM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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 Quote:
Originally posted by wolfindmist:
Who wrote Root Bear Rag btw?
Isn't it Root BEER Rag, rather than Bear, Wolfie? \:\)

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#1133018 - 12/30/06 12:30 AM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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Bruce Hornsby "The Way It Is"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSDbvbvhLKo

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#1133019 - 12/30/06 12:34 AM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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FRANK:

What kind of organ/stack do you have?

Looks fun!
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#1133020 - 12/30/06 01:06 AM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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I must have been tired when I typed that...
LOL

I kinda think it's cute... but I'll go back and edit it.


 Quote:
Originally posted by Music Lover:
 Quote:
Originally posted by wolfindmist:
Who wrote Root Bear Rag btw?
Isn't it Root BEER Rag, rather than Bear, Wolfie? \:\) [/b]
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#1133021 - 12/30/06 01:09 AM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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Edited the Bear out of the Rag!




 Quote:
Originally posted by wolfindmist:
I like so many different pop rock pianists but I am voting on Billy Joel.

1. Here is my "Favorite" showing his chops...
ROOT BEER RAG
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JF9D3wnxfvQ

2. Here is Billy Joel doing his tune New York State of Mind.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeSWaHdlVow [/b]
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#1133022 - 12/30/06 01:12 AM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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 Quote:
Originally posted by euclid10540:
Bruce Hornsby "The Way It Is"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSDbvbvhLKo [/b]
Thanks Euclid for sending this![/b] He is really great on those keys!

This is one of my all time favorite piano rock performances. Great style............too bad we don't hear much from him anymore.

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#1133023 - 12/30/06 01:26 AM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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I'm going to have to select Jerry Lee Lewis (JLL) as my FAVORITE pop/rock piano player. Honorable mention goes to Elton John.

Please note that I am NOT claiming he is the "BEST" pop/rock piano player ever. I've already stated that we would have to establish certain judging criteria first, in order to determine a credible "winner".

JLL was Rock & Roll's first true wildman, and first great showman on piano. When he stood up and kicked that piano bench/stool out from under him, you'd better hold on to your hat.

His sheer energy was unsurpassed, and the excitement he could create in an audience was only approached by Elvis and the Beatles, and even then only in their early years.

His live performance at the Star Club in Hamburg in 1964, is considered by many to be the greatest live Rock performance in history. He played and sang like a man possessed.

The recording of that performance is considered by many to be the greatest live recording in Rock history.

Lewis was a pioneer who brought the piano and piano players to the forefront of the Rock world. Fats Domino and Little Richard were known more for their songs/singing than their piano playing. JLL made the piano one of the legendary instruments of Rock & Roll.

Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RppQRBwbhOs

Great Balls of Fire:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qa-eKx9Du4

Breathless:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hArJfZbhDs

I'm On Fire:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfLVtyRvTEs

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#1133024 - 12/30/06 01:42 AM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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Well, I love Billy Joel, but overall, over the years, Elton has been more often on my "turntable." "Madman" and "Honky Chateau" and "Yellow Brick Road" were great "piano" albums when I was a teenager.

But I'll toss in a couple of players most of you probably wouldn't even think of...let's see if anyone reacts :

Richard Wright
Keith Godcheaux

I'd also have to toss in Greg Allman, and perhaps Jackson Browne.

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#1133025 - 12/30/06 01:45 AM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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Richard Marx also--- for consideration
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#1133026 - 12/30/06 01:51 AM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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I see Bruce plays a Steinway on this video...
http://www.dailymotion.com/visited/search/Hornsby/video/xagnv_bruce-hornsbythe-way-it-is

BTW can anyone find/dig up a video of Bruce performing live "Mandolin Rain"?
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#1133027 - 12/30/06 02:02 AM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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I enjoy Elton John.
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#1133028 - 12/30/06 02:12 AM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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Welcome, Kallie. Millions of people agree with you about Elton. \:\)

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#1133029 - 12/30/06 05:21 AM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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 Quote:
Originally posted by J. Mark:
Well, I love Billy Joel, but overall, over the years, Elton has been more often on my "turntable." "Madman" and "Honky Chateau" and "Yellow Brick Road" were great "piano" albums when I was a teenager.

But I'll toss in a couple of players most of you probably wouldn't even think of...let's see if anyone reacts:

Richard Wright
Keith Godcheaux

I'd also have to toss in Greg Allman, and perhaps Jackson Browne.
Elton has been on my turntable considerably more than Billy over the years also.

I'll have to pass on Greg Allman and Jackson Browne.

We're looking for acoustic pianists in this thread. Allman primarily played the Hammond B-3 organ. He only played piano occasionally--and nothing very memorable.

Jackson Browne frequently brought in session players like Jai Winding, son of famous bebop trombonist Kai Winding. So a good bit of the keyboard work you hear on his albums isn't his.

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#1133030 - 12/30/06 05:37 AM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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 Quote:
Originally posted by J. Mark:
Richard Wright
Keith Godcheaux
Rick Wright really doesn't qualify for acoustic piano, since he was primarily an electric piano/organ/synthesizer man.

Keith Godchaux was OK, but I don't think he could be given serious consideration for best pop/rock pianist ever.

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#1133031 - 12/30/06 08:39 AM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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Elton John is a great player and I have seen him but he doesn't play any really great solos. The Song for Guy was embarrassing if I may say so. He borrows many riffs from early pianists. Rock piano is so much Blues influenced so it is difficult to identify any clear style in its own right. Wakeman and Emerson developed soloing to an extraordinary degree until it became the over-pompous self absorbed concept album.

If anything I begin to question the integrity of "Rock". It is far easier to pin down the greatest keyboard player regardless of the rock definition. Stevie Wonder is not really a rock player, is he? And Bruce Hornsby I love and think he is one of the best on the planet but his stuff is so country influenced.

Therefore, although his career is brilliantly short I going to suggest former session player Nicky Hopkins as MY favourite because he's just amazing. I have no idea what he's doing now but I can hear him on practically every major rock album released during the 60's and 70's. He has quietly influenced popular music to a major degree. Roy Bittan who has been integral to the Springsteen's E-Street band is my second choice.
His work on those early albums is just beautiful fusing jazz and rock idioms. They are not simply backgound players but they project something new and exciting into the genre of band rock.
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#1133032 - 12/30/06 09:08 AM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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I vote for Freddie Mercury. He was (IMO) really great pianist, real showman and genius songwriter.

Bohemian Rhapsody: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBG1asB4dds

We are the champions:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Qj76gNX30Q

Somebody to love:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgkdYi_6J6E

I also wonder if you, more experienced pianists than I am, tell me why you dont consider him as good as fe. Elton John or Billy Joel.

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#1133033 - 12/30/06 10:18 AM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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Originally posted by Music Lover:
I'll have to pass on Greg Allman and Jackson Browne.

We're looking for acoustic pianists in this thread. Allman primarily played the Hammond B-3 organ. He only played piano occasionally--and nothing very memorable.

Jackson Browne frequently brought in session players like Jai Winding, son of famous bebop trombonist Kai Winding. So a good bit of the keyboard work you hear on his albums isn't his. [/b]
I didn't realize this was limited to acoustic piano players. But Greg Allman has frequently played acoustic piano. As has Browne. (Both are still around, as far as I know, so I won't use the past tense.) Neither is perhaps a "great pianist" -- I'm not sure any pop/rock player would qualify for that label. To me, the question is really about overal artistry, and perhaps influence on music and culture.

Actually, perhaps even more to the point, the question is (for me) about influence on...me. :p

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#1133034 - 12/30/06 10:22 AM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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Originally posted by Music Lover:
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Originally posted by J. Mark:
Richard Wright
Keith Godcheaux
Rick Wright really doesn't qualify for acoustic piano, since he was primarily an electric piano/organ/synthesizer man.

Keith Godchaux was OK, but I don't think he could be given serious consideration for best pop/rock pianist ever. [/b]
I don't think that's correct about Rick Wright (apart from the fact that "pianist" to me does include people who play "electric piano"). While he played electronic instruments a lot, obviously, he also recorded some very nice acoustic piano work.

I agree about Godchaux. I just really enjoyed the way he integrated a more interesting piano style into the work of the Dead -- especially the live work.

But then again, I have no real interest in "who is the greatest ever" of anything...I think it's just fun to hear who people have enjoyed listening to over the years.

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#1133035 - 12/30/06 12:15 PM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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