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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:
 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. [/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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#1133036 - 12/30/06 12:33 PM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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For all:

Since the rules did not state this "election process" was limited to just accoustic piano players; you can indeed nominate those players who are strictly digital or accoustic piano players.

Besides many top players in pop/rock use both and some of their accoustics out there are actually hybrid grands and such. I have seen videos where both Elton and Billy Joel used hybrids, also saw one the other night of JLL in his later years using what looked like a Yammmie hybrid at an outdoor gig.

To me it makes sense to have a digital hybrid if you use a traveling piano, that way if something goes way off tune wise just flick a switch and you have a tuned piano usually.) Ray Charles also used various non-accoustic keyboards as well as nice grands. I think the type of song and the venue helps to determine which axe many musicians will choose during a concert.

Since I started the thread after Monica mentioned she wanted a "favorite pop/rock pianist" thread to comment on; I guess it is up to myself to make the call.




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 Quote:
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 [/b]
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#1133037 - 12/30/06 02:01 PM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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T Lavitz is best-known for his role as keyboardist for the jazz-rock band Dixie Dregs. He has received two prestigious awards from Keyboard magazine -- "Best New Talent" in 1981 and "Jazz Keyboard Player of the Year" in 1992. Lavitz is a classically trained acoustic player, and has collaborated with Widespread Panic, Jefferson Starship, The Bluesbusters, Nils Lofgren, and Billy Cobham. Other collaborations include stints with Jeff Berlin, Scott Henderson, Steve Smith and Danny Gottlieb.
Lavitz's array of projects includes the Hillbilly Funk All-Stars, an eclectic ensemble which features fiddle virtuoso Vassar Clements.
Lavitz was the initial musical force behind the formation of Jazz Is Dead, sprouting from his experience opening for JGB, organist Melvin Seals' homage to the Jerry Garcia Band. Lavitz and the other members of Jazz Is Dead pay a similar tribute to the Grateful Dead, with their rollicking versions of such concert gems as "Scarlet Begonias" and "Franklin's Tower.
I like T Lavitz because he can rock and he can swing. DPVJAZZ
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#1133038 - 12/30/06 06:27 PM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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Wolf's ruled on this already... sorry.
You can nominate people who have played digital pianos also. If that is who your favorite is.

Wolf made thread, electric piano players are elgible. But I have a feeling the accoustic musicians we loveto pay to see won't have a problem with allowing the folks who play electric pianos in to be voted on.

I think the accoustic musicians are safe anyhow... they seem to sell the most records and concert tickets anyhow, which translates into "fan backing".

Plus as said before many pros on the road are using hybrids as back ups for cases where there are tonation issues (outdoor concerts, and lots of moving from one clime to another etc.)

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Originally posted by Music Lover:
 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. [/b]
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#1133039 - 12/30/06 06:35 PM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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Just to make sure folks are clear... and the word gets out.

Yes, you can nominate electric and digital piano players. Most accoustic players at the levels we are discussing will use them from time to time. Especially those hybrid pianos, flick a switch to make it to pitch (rhyme intended)

Since the rules did not state we couldn't nominate players who use electric pianos, they are fair game.

Any questions re. rules, please ask me as I created the thread and will take care of it as a responsible thread owner/creater should.

Go ye forth and keep up the nominations and discussions. The discussions have been pretty good and I love the links to the videos being shared.

Sign me;
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#1133040 - 12/30/06 08:06 PM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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LOL
I guess I made my mark... finally.
somebody just dinged me and now I have just 4 stars. Thanks, I will take that to be a compliment or something.

Oh well, stars don't really mean much anyhow.
But I cherished my 5 star rating while I had it.
I am tucking myself into my den soon ; I need rest right now.

Hugs to all; keep your votes coming in.
No flaming allowed so that everyone can feel free and comfortable to discuss their favorite Pop/Rock pianists.

Any questions??? Send them to the Wolf here. I am easy to talk to, just PM them to me. Thank you to all for your great participation so far on this thread.

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Now I'll just crawl back into my ol' den and admire the great postings people send in on their favorite pop/rock pianists. Time to rest up.

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#1133041 - 12/31/06 01:23 AM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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I wanted to drop a couple of new names to the discussion.

Chuck Leavell - His stuff with Sea Level was phenomenal. He's also worked extensively with The Allman Brothers, The Rolling Stones and many others. Great player.

Carole King (I saw your thread Wolf) deserves at least to be mentioned here as well. Really like her stuff too.

BTW: How exactly are we defining "Pop/Rock Pianist"??? I ask because when I think of the many artists that have been mentioned, I can't help but consider their songwriting, influence, etc.

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#1133042 - 12/31/06 02:12 AM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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Hard to pin down exact definition on pop/rock pianist:

Mostly has to do with:
1. The era(s)s that they have had their careers in. About 50's to present date.

2. The genres they have made music in...
(Popular Music/Rock Music.)


I myself think of the term "popular music" ---popular pianist performers who consistently have hit the pop and rock music "hit charts".

The people (performers who play piano and sometimes also sing) that we keep hearing tunes from all over the place (like on almost every popular music radio station.

There was a time when Billy Joel got lots of air play, that hardly an hour went by when one of his songs didn't come up on my favorite pop radio station. Elton still gets lots of air time also. More so than Billy these days. (So maybe I should switch my mind again, lol)

Carole King is a stand out female pianist/singer/songwriter as far as career longetivity goes; I am so tempted to change my vote for her as well as maybe we need a lady to vote for too. I have a concert DVD of her that I cherish and have the Tapestry songbook. I do think Carole King should not be too quickly dismissed as she too can do it all as a performer and a songwriter.

I have until the 14th to decide if I will change my nomination/vote from Billy Joel to Carole or to Elton LOL.

Heck it was hard enough to decide between Elton and Billy; sometimes I'd choose Billy and sometimes Elton. It is a hard choice. And it is really hard to not put up brother Ray Charles also.

Thats why I am not crazy about picking a best pianist of anything... I don't exactly have one favorite I stick to like glue. I like many of them , as they all do some great music. May God bless them for that.

I need to take a break (gig tomorrow), but I will add some videos of Carole down the road. If you or anybody else has any favorite Carole King gems you have found at youtube or places like it, do please add it to Carole's thread. She deserves a thread of her own also.

I am glad you liked the Carole King thread I put up for her. I try to keep my promises and I promised somebody I'd put up some Carole King video links today.

Got to close, I am exhausted now. And still sick.
My Dr. would kill me if he knew I wasn't resting, eating right and sleeping enough. But it is hard to sit still with so many fun things to do on the net and a new emachine to play with. And no more dial up to boot.

Thanks for the post.

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Originally posted by pianokeys1000:
I wanted to drop a couple of new names to the discussion.

Chuck Leavell - His stuff with Sea Level was phenomenal. He's also worked extensively with The Allman Brothers, The Rolling Stones and many others. Great player.

Carole King (I saw your thread Wolf) deserves at least to be mentioned here as well. Really like her stuff too.

BTW: How exactly are we defining "Pop/Rock Pianist"??? I ask because when I think of the many artists that have been mentioned, I can't help but consider their songwriting, influence, etc.

Ryan [/b]
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#1133043 - 12/31/06 03:15 AM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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My vote goes to Elton John.

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Originally posted by Arabesque:
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. [/b]
Yes he does borrow riffs from other pianists and song for guy was quite simple but his solo playing is generally of good quality, especially when he improvises after songs.

His most famous solo piece is probably Funeral for a friend .

This recording is from his russian tour when he played with only his piano and his percussionist Ray Cooper. I've got the DVD at home, boy can he play.

I think that so much is down to personal preference, I don't claim that Elton is the best, he's just my favourite.
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#1133044 - 12/31/06 11:10 AM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Arabesque:
... Wakeman and Emerson developed soloing to an extraordinary degree until it became the over-pompous self absorbed concept album...

And Bruce Hornsby...

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....

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arabesque: you've mentioned some of my favorite players. i'm not voting yet, maybe won't though, voting for one is hard to do. when i first read this question, the first "pop" player that popped into my head was, in fact, nicky hopkins, and i wondered if anyone would mention him. he had a few lps of his own, too, back then. he had a very melodic, musical style of playing. you said you don't know what he's doing know. i'm sorry to say, i'm pretty sure he passed away many years ago. there will be no more music from hopkins, i'm afraid... \:\(

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#1133045 - 12/31/06 11:30 AM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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I'll throw in my nomination for Tori Amos, because the piano is so central to her work. Often when she tours it's just her and the Bosie (or two) on stage.
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#1133046 - 01/01/07 04:23 AM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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Originally posted by wolfindmist:
Wolf's ruled on this already... sorry.
You can nominate people who have played digital pianos also. If that is who your favorite is.

Wolf made thread, electric piano players are elgible. But I have a feeling the accoustic musicians we loveto pay to see won't have a problem with allowing the folks who play electric pianos in to be voted on.

I think the accoustic musicians are safe anyhow... they seem to sell the most records and concert tickets anyhow, which translates into "fan backing".

Plus as said before many pros on the road are using hybrids as back ups for cases where there are tonation issues (outdoor concerts, and lots of moving from one clime to another etc.)

 Quote:
Originally posted by Music Lover:
 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. [/b]
[/b]
I have no problem abiding with your decision, Wolfie. \:\) However, if you review the thread, you will find that I made the post you quoted above, BEFORE you made your "ruling".

In order to avoid confusion in a similar thread in the future, I would like to humbly suggest you entitle your post "Who is your favorite pop/rock KEYBOARDIST".

In the music/recording industry--musicians who frequently use electric pianos, organs and synthesizers--are referred to as "keyboardists", rather than "pianists".

I'm not trying to nitpick, but it helps everybody stay on the same page if we're using the proper terminology. Thanks! ;\)

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#1133047 - 01/01/07 04:42 AM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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Yes he does borrow riffs from other pianists and song for guy was quite simple but his solo playing is generally of good quality, especially when he improvises after songs.
Virtually every musician who's anybody in the music industry, has borrowed riffs from other artists.

A lot of people make a big to-do over guys like Clapton and Page sometimes swiping riffs from old bluesmen. But those same people are usually completely unaware that the old bluesmen sometimes swiped each other's riffs, as well as riffs from artists who came before they did.

Chuck Berry's first big hit was Maybellene. He swiped virtually the entire melody from an old country tune entitled "Ida Red", cranked it up a bit, added his own lyrics--and PRESTO, Rock & Roll's first great guitarist hit the big time.

To Elton's credit, he does NOT swipe entire melodies, just the occasional riff.

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#1133048 - 01/01/07 10:26 AM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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Jeanne, I'm sorry to hear that Nicky Hopkins passed away. I didn't think he was old at all! But I'm sure many keyboardists owe a lot to him for forging the original rock style, including Elton. The thing about piano in rock music is that Jimmy Hendrix kicked it totally off the map. There was never really an equivalent and it still tends to be true despite bands like Coldplay that it is more difficult to grab attention on the piano. But if you listen to many of the great Stones, Beatles and Who classics you'll hear Hopkins on them. He was a modest genius who changed the nature of rock keyboards as an ensemble player. Now just think about wether the Stones could ever have made it without him. One of the reasons they got to the postion of foremost band in the world may have been due to Hopkins playing on tracks like Sympathy for the Devil. We are talking about Rock landmarks here which defined a generation. I love and admire Joel but I didn't even hear of him until I was 20.
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#1133049 - 01/01/07 01:37 PM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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I have no problem abiding with your decision, Wolfie. However, if you review the thread, you will find that I made the post you quoted above, BEFORE you made your "ruling".

In order to avoid confusion in a similar thread in the future, I would like to humbly suggest you entitle your post "Who is your favorite pop/rock KEYBOARDIST".

In the music/recording industry--musicians who frequently use electric pianos, organs and synthesizers--are referred to as "keyboardists", rather than "pianists".

I'm not trying to nitpick, but it helps everybody stay on the same page if we're using the proper terminology. Thanks!
You are too much. Who nominated you as thread police officer? Take a seat and stop trying to police someone else's thread. You did the same thing in the other Pop/Rock pianist thread.

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A lot of people make a big to-do over guys like Clapton and Page sometimes swiping riffs from old bluesmen. But those same people are usually completely unaware that the old bluesmen sometimes swiped each other's riffs, as well as riffs from artists who came before they did.
I agree. "Swiping riffs" is a huge part of learning Jazz. All the great players of times past have transcribed and learned the work of others.

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#1133050 - 01/01/07 02:07 PM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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Arabesque:

Re: Hopkins, I just searched the web to see what I could find. Wikipedia states Hopkins died on September 6, 1994 at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, he was 50 years old. Here's a link to the article which gives a history of his career, in case you or anyone else is interested in reading about it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicky_Hopkins

Jeanne W

P.S. Just saw an old Jennifer Warrens LP for sale at a local antique store - Nicky Hopkins was playing piano on virtually every piece of music.
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#1133051 - 01/01/07 02:09 PM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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Sir Elton John is one of the greastest pianists of all time.

Didn't Billy Joel originally want to be a classical pianist. He wrote some Preludes that people hated for some reason.

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#1133052 - 01/02/07 07:09 AM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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Originally posted by Debussy20:
Sir Elton John is one of the greastest pianists of all time.

Didn't Billy Joel originally want to be a classical pianist. He wrote some Preludes that people hated for some reason.

Matt [/b]
He wrote the classical music AFTER he retired from Pop/soft rock music in 93 or something. He said he wanted to focus on something different. I think his classical pieces were quite well received considering...

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[Edit] - Do we get second preferences here? If we do then:
1. Elton John
2. Billy Joel
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#1133053 - 01/02/07 07:29 AM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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Originally posted by Debussy20:
Sir Elton John is one of the greastest pianists of all time.
Well said, Debussy! \:\)

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#1133054 - 01/02/07 10:30 AM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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A few names for consideration. (not a lot of hit songs - but a lot of great playing)

Billy Preston
Dr. John (Rebennack)?
George Duke
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#1133055 - 01/02/07 10:37 AM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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Just too many too choose from....

Elton John
Billy Joel
Bruce Hornsby
Billy Preston
Mac Rebenack (Dr. John)
Ray Charles
I also like Jackson Browne's piano style.
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#1133056 - 01/02/07 04:14 PM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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I nominate/vote for: JORDAN RUDESS

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#1133057 - 01/03/07 11:21 AM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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Now that I consider it there really aren't that many rock pianists, are there? The same names keep coming up. The title of this thread might well be changed to "Are There Any Rock Pianists Other Than Elton John?"

Today I sat down and played something in my head and suddenly realised I was playing a song by Todd Rungren. But was he a rock pianist? Maybe a Soft rock pianist.

Rock pianists seem to be a dying breed.
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#1133058 - 01/03/07 12:37 PM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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If you were a dyed in the wool rocker and you walked up to the most spectacular piano you ever saw in your life, what you instinctively chose for your first encounter would speak for itself... How about this lick? (That would be a vote for Bill Payne.)

And 2nd was significant too. Not particularly flashy. The Glenn Frey piano part to Desperado.

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#1133059 - 01/03/07 01:53 PM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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I'll second Bill Payne (I love his funky piano on Waiting for Columbus' "Dixie Chicken"). His keys were a cornerstone of the Little Feat sound.

I'll nominate Chuck Leavell for his tasty work with the Allman Bros and Stones.

I'll throw in a nod to Rodger Hodgson. What Rock fan can't run the intro to "Bloody Well Right" note-for-note in their heads?

Sir Elton loses my vote for the execrable "That's Why They Call It the Blues" and "Candle in the Wind #47"...
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#1133060 - 01/03/07 05:41 PM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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Originally posted by Arabesque:

Rock pianists seem to be a dying breed. [/b]
Very true.
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#1133061 - 01/03/07 06:41 PM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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Here's an interesting rock list which Emerson, Wakeman, and Rudess seem to rule...

http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_keyboard-perf.html

Howard

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#1133062 - 01/03/07 10:04 PM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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Registered: 07/26/06
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Loc: USA
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Originally posted by Arabesque:
Now that I consider it there really aren't that many rock pianists, are there? The same names keep coming up. The title of this thread might well be changed to "Are There Any Rock Pianists Other Than Elton John?"
I believe that Billy Joel has gotten just about as many positive remarks from our posters as Elton. I don't believe that anybody has presented a strong negative view of Billy.

I agree with you that there aren't that many GREAT rock pianists.

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#1133063 - 01/03/07 10:31 PM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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Loc: Tampa Bay
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Originally posted by hv:
Here's an interesting rock list which Emerson, Wakeman, and Rudess seem to rule...

http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_keyboard-perf.html

Howard [/b]
interesting list, if only there were MP3s' or videos there where I could check them all out!

I also like Diana Krall but I guess she would be classified more as a jazz pianist.

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#1133064 - 01/03/07 10:38 PM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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Originally posted by ARIAS:
I also like Diana Krall but I guess she would be classified more as a jazz pianist.
I agree she is quite talented, and you are correct that she is properly classified primarily as a jazz pianist. ;\)

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#1133065 - 01/06/07 09:57 PM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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Now that I've thought about it, my favorite is Professor Longhair . . .

"Honorable Mention" would go to Alica Keys.

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#1133066 - 01/13/07 06:23 PM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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Just a reminder to all... who have a favorite pop/rock pianist/entertainer.

I will be tallying up the nominations for this thread of our favorite pop/rock pianists after January 14th.

So if you have a favorite pop/rock piano player/entertainer you need to put in a post for that player on this thread and it needs to have a date of January 14th your time zone.

I have been ill so it may take me a day or two add up the nominations and then get the official voting poll set up for the official vote for 2007.

So many good pianists here have only one nomination posted for them.. it would be helpful to find those who are seconded or thirded so we can narrow the field down for the election polling.

So if you haven't nominated anyone yet... you should do so before January 15th. Also, you can feel free to change any nomination you have made until the 15th.

Have a great weekend!
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#1133067 - 01/17/07 12:48 PM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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Here are the *other* pianists that should be included into this thread (in no particular order):

Note: I did not limit these "favorite" pianists to volume of work, popularity, or superior skill, even though nearly all on this list have those qualities.

Steve Winwood
Brian Auger
T. Lavitz
Roy Bittan
Steve Pocaro
Al Kooper
Seth Justman
Steve Walsh
Bernie Worrell
Billy Powell
Paul Griffin
Jordan Rudess
Fats Domino
Johnny Johnson
Joe Sample
Dennis DeYong
Eddie Jobson
Jan Hammer
Greg Allman
Donald Fagen
Chuck Leavell
Nicky Hopkins
Michael MacDonald
Donald Fagen
Daryl Dragon
Robert Lamm
Patrick Moraz
Jerry Corbetta
Rod Argent
Richard Tee
Paul Schaffer
..........
.......... and even Barry Manilow!

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#1133068 - 01/17/07 05:19 PM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
Fughetta 'bout it Offline
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Registered: 08/15/06
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Loc: Great Neck, NY
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Originally posted by hv:
Here's an interesting rock list which Emerson, Wakeman, and Rudess seem to rule...

http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_keyboard-perf.html

Howard [/b]
Yeah, this list seems to lean heavily toward 'progressive rock' as opposed to the 'pop rock' of Billy Joel and Elton John.

If you think about it, it's tough to pit the 2 styles together because the demands are quite different...

How do you juxtapose a catchy Billy Joel hook with a Keith Emerson re-working of Ginastera, and then try to justify which is 'better'??

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#1133069 - 01/18/07 09:54 AM Re: VOTE: Who is your FAVORITE pop rock pianist?
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This is such a subjective topic! Right off the bat in discussions like this, it's probably hopeless to try and determine what constitutes the best pianist. Are we talking the best songwriting pianist or are we evaluating a pianist from a technical skill point of view? I started playing piano because I heard Keith Emerson's piano (and keyboard) music but through the years my tastes seem to have changed my focus from the purely technical skill involved to skill in melody and harmony but still with a high degree of technical skill. Tony Banks comes to mind as a master of melody and harmony.

I know this sounds like blasphemy to some but except for a handful of songs, I've never been really enamored with Elton John's music. Good songwriter (once with Bernie Taupin's help) but a top rock pianist? I don't think so. As a matter of fact, although people cite 'Saturday Night' as an example of his rock writing one might keep in mind that this is a 1972 song. I find recent Elton John music pretty bland most of the time. Billy Joel is a better pianist and solo songwriter. T Lavitz of the Dregs is another fine rock pianist who really rocks. Remember people, these are only my opinions.
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