Famous instrumentalists with skills on a different instrument

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  1. wulfenganck

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    I stumbled across a thread because it had "Ian Anderson" and "guitar" in it's title.
    I thought it to be about the only Ian Anderson I recalled, i.e. founder and mastermind of Jethro Tull.
    Well, it wasn't. It was about a maybe dubious or just lazy guitarmaker - but that's a different story.....

    It got me thinking: Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson is well known for his songwriting skills, his ironic lyrics, his singing and of course his flute-playing.

    But he is also a quite gifted acoustic guitarplayer.
    As I read in an interview with his longtime companion and guitarplayer Martin Barre (who himself is horribly underrated guitarist) once, he was also doing quite some electric guitarwork and also electric bass, when John Glascock, their bassist at that time died unexpectedly.

    Now, who else famous for playing a certain instrument has surprised you with his/her skills on a completely different instrument?
     
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    Keith Richards is a great bass player.

    Paul McCartney is a good guitarist.

    Merle Haguard was great on the fiddle.

    John Paul Jones is John Paul Jones.

    Geddy Lee is Geddy Lee.
     
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    I'm always amazed that sometimes the people, not saying you, who love Jethro Tull the most/are his biggest fans never realized that what Ian Anderson really is is the worlds foremost Rahsaan Roland Kirk copyist/rip-off artist.


    Great on a different instrument ?

    Jaco on piano and Jaco with a pen (arranger).
     
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    In bluegrass lots of people are great on 3 or 4 instruments.
     
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    Glen Campbell - bagpipes. Check it out.

     
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    Amen...Molly Tuttle, besides burning it down on a flattop guitar does a downright convincing impression of a great banjo player.
     
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    I've long appreciated David Bromberg for his skills on guitar, dobro and mandolin. I recall seeing him on tour in the
    early 1970s when he had a band that featured a number of people who were multi-instrumentalists. It was very impressive.
     
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    Petty says he loves playing bass, John Paul Jones played everything better than most everyone else, Pat Sansone from Wilco plays several instruments very well too.
     
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    Eric Johnson- piano

    Larry Knechtel, studio musician primo- bass and piano. Yes, that's his super iconic piano playing on Bridge Over Troubled Water. For that, to me he's famous!

    Billy Gibbons- guitar... And percussion. Serious student in teen yrs. Went to NYC and studied with Tito Puente.

    John Paul Jones- bass, keys... and composer.
    He did string arrangement for the Stones' "2,000 Light Yrs From Home"
     
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    John Paul Jones is who influenced me to purchase my first mandolin.

    Ricky Skaggs - mandolin, fiddle, guitar, banjo

    When I saw Kid Rock some 17+ years ago, I was quite amazed at how well he could play guitar, drums, and piano.
     
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    Hmmm, quite debatable. He definitely copied Kirk's way of playing the flute.
    But except the cover of Serenade for a cuckoo in the first, rather "formalistic"-bluesy installment of Tull and still pülaying that song live on a regular basis, I find not too much of Kirk in the music of Tull.
    So it's nailing down to copying the breathing and singing into the flute instead of a "classic" fluteplaying.
    Well, calling that a rip-off seems rather harsh to me, that's a bit like calling any guitarplayer after Steve Hackett a rip-off, because he/she implements tapping into legato-sololines. I guess one can't always invent the wheel all over again....
     
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    Steve Winwood - singer, guitarist, keyboard player virtuoso at all...

     
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    * Egberto Gismonti is both a virtuoso on multi-string guitar(s) & piano
    * Toots Thielemans was a great harmonica & jazz guitarist
    * Edgar Winter is no slouch on keys & sax
    * Sir Paul is also an excellent drummer
    * Stevie Wonder is wonderful on keys, harmonica & drums
    * Steve Winwood plays killer keys & guitar
    * Todd Rundgren can play more than a few instruments
    * Joey DeFrancesco plays B3 & trumpet
    * I once heard Dizzy Gillespie play impressive piano on Marian McPartland's show
    * Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown played impressive guitar, violin & drums

    ~there are many more
     
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    Mark O'Connor comes to mind, recognized as a gifted violinist both in blue grass now high brow circles was also a killer guitar player. Also excelled on the mandolin. This video stumbles a bit at the start but it shows O'Connor's abilities pretty well on the guitar.



    Mark O'Connor some years later on violin:



    On mandolin:

     
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    I just remembered that the late Don Rich was a good fiddle player as well as making a mark as
    a Telecaster player.
     
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    Eddie Van Halen on keyboards.
     
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    Levon Helm; drums, mandolin, guitar and probably other stuff I'm forgetting.
     
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    Really? Other than those few Beatles songs and the first couple of solo/Wings albums, on which he was hardly "excellent," what other recordings are there of McCartney on drums. And on which ones is he excellent?
     
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    I watched the documentary about Keith Richards, and I was surprised at how well he played piano.
     
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    I'm not sure how famous he would be considered today, but the 70s prog rock band Patto included guitarist/vibraphone player Ollie Halsall. Both skills are prominently featured in what is probably the band's best-known track, "The Man." You have to listen to the whole song straight through; it starts with an oddly loping verse pattern, then detours into a trippy vibes solo before emerging into a screaming rock finish. F-ing A, mate.

     
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