Favorite piano player?

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  1. raito

    raito Poster Extraordinaire

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    Just like guitarists, there's many great piano players.

    Some not mentioned so far are Van Cliburn, Liberace, Eubie Blake.
     
  2. knopflerfan

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    George Winston
    Billy Joel
    Joni Mitchell
    Sarah McLachlan
     
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    Henry Roeland "Roy" Byrd, better known as Professor Longhair.
     
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    Helene Grimaud
    Billy Taylor
    Marian McPartland
    Monk
    Jelly Roll Morton
    Oscar Peterson
    Dave Brubeck
    Bill Evans
    Ian Stewart
    Billy Preston
    Elton John

    Hard to pick one, innit?
     
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    Liberace made me want to walk over to the keys and find two note harmonies...

    Leon Russel had played the kind of piano stuff that spoke to me...

    Billy Powell had some licks I'll never be able to reproduce....

    But Jerry Lee is played the kind of boogie woogie that almost everyone likes to hear when I play...
     
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    Too many to name & in no particular: Bill Evans, Duke Ellington, Cecil Taylor, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Floyd Cramer, Don Randi, Larry Knechtel, Jelly Roll Morton, Tommy Flanagan, Andrew Hill, Spooner Oldham, Mac Rebbenack, Thelonious Monk, Sun Ra, Johnnie Johnson, Mike Garson, Keith Jarrett, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Emmanuel Ax, Glenn Gould-man I am going to play some piano after breakfast.
     
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    Favorite(s) Errol Garner and Vince Guaraldi.
    Least favorite: Jerry Lee Lewis, the Lil' Wayne, or perhaps the Ted Nugent of pianists, IMO.
     
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    Depends for what, obviously.

    For Chopin, Claudio Arrau by far.
    For Jazz, Bill Evans is pretty darn good.
    And the list goes on and on.

    Elton John and Billy Joel's piano playing is extremely good. I hate the glitzy production but if you can find instances where they play alone, they sound utterly fantastic.
     
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    Being Canadian I feel compelled to say Oscar Peterson. Truth is, I think he is amazing. I am sure Glenn Gould is also amazing, but I appreciate/enjoy Oscar's playing more. Apples to oranges I know...

    One cool thing about Gould is you can hear him humming and talking during his recordings.
     
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    Same here.

    Well, I mean my mom, not yours. I'm sure your mom is a wonderful player, too, but I'm partial to my own. :lol:
     
  14. Justinvs

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    Good picks!

    George Winston is one talented musician, both on piano and slide guitar. He's just amazing. Besides, he's Montana's only famous piano player!
     
  15. Jamie Black

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    As already said, there's many greats. The one's that I've gone out of my way to purchase their music are Billy Joel and a guy named Jim Bajor who was somewhat local to me. He did newage type music and his Christmas album is fantastic. I was saddened to see that he passed away in 06 when I just looked up his wikipage, he does still have some stuff on itunes though.
     
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    Bud Powell

     
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    There are 3 pianists that stand out in my mind. I like them all at least as much for their arrangements as their playing.

    1) George Russell. His arrangement of Nardis is still my favorite jazz track of all time.

    2) Brad Mehldau. I like how he takes jazz away from the more traditional chord progressions, which frankly I find pretty bland for the most part.

    3) My absolute favorite pianist is "Jam." I don't know much about him, just that he has recorded himself doing arrangements of Touhou Project music and stuck them online. Touhou Project is a series of video games with music that has sparked literally hundreds of CDs of remixes and arrangements released in Japan by dozens and dozens of individuals and groups, and Jam does my absolute favorite piano arrangements from that material.

    Shanghai Alice of Meiji 17 Years

    Plain Asia

    Fairyland's Oniga Island

    Edit: #4! Vince Guaraldi! Forgot about him.
     
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    I forgot about Nicky Hopkins and Ian Stewart.
     
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    This thread needs more music...

     
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