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    Posted: April 19 2010 at 10:15
who are your top ten prog keyboard players?

              mine are (in no particular order)

Jurgen Dollase  (The Cosmic Jokers, Wallenstein)

Jurgen Fritz  (Triumvirat)

J. Peter Robinson (Quatermass, Sun Treader, Brand X)

Oliviero Lacagnina  (Latte e Miele)

Eddie Spence (Strange Days)

Kristian Schultze (Passport, Snowball, Cusco)

Toni Pagliuca (Le Orme)

Wolfgang Dauner

John Mealing  (If, Passport, the Strawbs)

Dave Greenslade (Colosseum, Greenslade)
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Technically only
  1. Vittorio Nocenzzi (BMS)
  2. Patrick Moraz
  3. Par Lindh
  4. Jurgen Fritz
  5. John Tout (Reinasance)
  6. Rick Wakeman
  7. Tony Banks
  8. Kerry Minnear (I hate his music, but that's not the point here)
  9. Thijs Van Leer
  10. Jordan Ruddess

I consider Keith Emerson a bit sloppy, great talent, but don't like his technique at all.

Musically (production)

  1. Tony Banks
  2. Rick Wakeman
  3. Steve Walsh
  4. Jurgen Fritz
  5. Keith Emerson
  6. Vittorio Nocenzzi
  7. Thijs Van Leer
  8. John Tout
  9. Flavio Premolli
  10. Eddie Jobson

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1.Keith Emerson
2.Rick Wakeman
3.Par LIndh
4.Martin Orford
5.Evangelis Papathanassiou
6.Tony Banks
7.Neal Morse
8.Fred Schendel
9.Eddie Jobson
10.Ton Scherpenzeel
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My favorites, not necessarily the best:

1. Jon Lord (you just can't beat his Hammond-Organ)
2. Tony Banks (mysterious mellotron, splendid piano, fantastic organ and unique synths, what else can you ask?)
3. Peter Bardens (great jazzy touch, some really moving solos as well)
4. Rick Wright (very original player, some great organ playing and some beautiful piano playing too, but foremost the atmospheres he created in Floyd were amazing)
5. Rick Wakeman (he has his eventual annoying pure-classical bits, but overall his organ, mellotron, piano and synth playing is top-notch)
6. Chick Corea (amazing player; a master of the Rhodes, but as well of the synths and piano)
7. Dave Stewart (very versatile player, jaw-dropping organ work as well fantastic Rhodes work)
8. Joe Zawinul (another out-of-this-world player in terms of atmospheres, simply gorgeous)
9. Gregg Rolie (marvellous Hammond, and some really fine electric piano)
10. Kerry Minnear (quirky and fun, yet complex)


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No order:
 
Hugh Banton
Dave Stewart
Jon Lord
Kerry Minnear
Mike Ratledge
Rick Wright
Tony Banks
Keith Emerson
Rick Wakeman
Anna Sofi Dahlberg/Nicklas Berg
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The classics remain great, but know I am in a phase when I want to hear somethign different. Therefore I nominate

Marian Varga of Collegium Musicum
Allan Freeman of Nektar
(two Hammond giants)
Mike Ratledge of Soft Machine
Mike Oldfield
Józef Skrzek of SBB (synths)
Gunter Reininger of Phoenix (synths)
John Paul Jones (electric piano)

and from current players,
Stĺle Storlřkken of Elephant9 (GREAT Hammond!)
Isaiah Ikey Owens of Mars Volta (usually a low profile member but outstanding on Octahedron)
Emmanuel Borghi of Magma and One Shot (any keys, basically)
Bruno Ruder of Magma (exceptional Fender Rhodes)

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No order, other than Dave Stewart being first.

Dave Stewart
Dave Sinclair
Mike Pinder
Alan Gowen
Mike Ratledge
Kerry Minnear 
Duncan Mckay
Jon Lord 

I'll add more later.


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Keith Emerson
Tony Banks
Rick Wakeman
Joe Zawinul
Chick Corea
George Duke
David Sancious
Jan Hammer
Thijs Van Leer
Brian Auger
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The obvious are obvious . I too wish to look at the 'lesser" knowns:
 
Agostino Macor (La maschera di Cera, Rohmer, Hostsonaten, Zaal, etc...)
John Hawken (Strawbs, Illusion )
Richard Barbieri (truly amazing)
Dave Stewart (incredible in so many ways)
Olov Andersson (Grandstand) 
Tomas Bodin (TFK)
Manfred Mann (Earth Band)
Erik Norlander (Roswell 6, Rocket Scientists)
Paolo Paroni (Quasar Lux Symphoniae)
and the amazing Nicolas Piveteau (Progression by Failure)
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    Yikes, I forgot such keyboardists as:

    1. Jon Lord
    2. Ken Hensley
    3. Manfred Mann
    4. Thomas Jhonson (Anglagard)
    5. Mike Oldfield
    6. Evangelos Odysseus Papathanassiou
    7. Doug Inge
    8. Clive Nolan
    9. Mike Pinder
    10. Julian Colbeck

    The list is endless in Progressive Rock....The house of the keyboardists
     
    Iván


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Mike Oldfield and Keith Emerson.
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This is just a list of personal favorites:

1. Rick Wakeman (Yes)
2. Keith Emerson (ELP)
3. Thijs van Leer (Focus)
4. Jon Lord (Deep Purple)
5. Kerry Livgren (Kansas)
6. Richard Wright (Pink Floyd)
7. Erik Norlander (Rocket Scientists)
8. Tony Banks (Genesis)
9. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)
10. Neal Morse (Spock's Beard)





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I hope Rod Argent isn't reading this thread! Apparently not good enough for anyone's selectionsEmbarrassed
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Originally posted by Ivan_Melgar_M Ivan_Melgar_M wrote:

    Yikes, I forgot such keyboardists as:

    1. Jon Lord
    2. Ken Hensley
    3. Manfred Mann
    4. Thomas Jhonson (Anglagard)
    5. Mike Oldfield
    6. Evangelos Odysseus Papathanasiou
    7. Doug Inge
    8. Clive Nolan
    9. Mike Pinder
    10. Julian Colbeck

    The list is endless in Progressive Rock....The house of the keyboardists
     
    Iván
 
Yep that was sloppy of me...although when I googled Vangelis there appear to be other spellings:
 
Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou
 
or
 
Evanghelos Odyssey Papathanassiou
 
 
Confused
 
perhaps I got his last name rightBig smile
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Originally posted by richardh richardh wrote:

Originally posted by Ivan_Melgar_M Ivan_Melgar_M wrote:

    Yikes, I forgot such keyboardists as:

    1. Jon Lord
    2. Ken Hensley
    3. Manfred Mann
    4. Thomas Jhonson (Anglagard)
    5. Mike Oldfield
    6. Evangelos Odysseus Papathanasiou
    7. Doug Inge
    8. Clive Nolan
    9. Mike Pinder
    10. Julian Colbeck

    The list is endless in Progressive Rock....The house of the keyboardists
     
    Iván
 
Yep that was sloppy of me...although when I googled Vangelis there appear to be other spellings:
 
Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou
 
or
 
Evanghelos Odyssey Papathanassiou
 
 
Confused
 
perhaps I got his last name rightBig smile
 
I read at least two different spellings of his name in two different versions of 666 (One with double and another with single s in Papathanasiou),
 
But I'm pretty sure he's Evangelos (Comes the two Greek words Ev - Good and Angelos- Messenger which meens Evangelos or Gospel) ........... Odysseus (The greek name of Ulysses), while Oddysey is in English
 
I understand why he changed his name, but I refuse to call him by the Holywood name that is symbol of his boring New Age era.
 
Iván


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Originally posted by Ivan_Melgar_M Ivan_Melgar_M wrote:

Originally posted by richardh richardh wrote:

Originally posted by Ivan_Melgar_M Ivan_Melgar_M wrote:

    Yikes, I forgot such keyboardists as:

    1. Jon Lord
    2. Ken Hensley
    3. Manfred Mann
    4. Thomas Jhonson (Anglagard)
    5. Mike Oldfield
    6. Evangelos Odysseus Papathanasiou
    7. Doug Inge
    8. Clive Nolan
    9. Mike Pinder
    10. Julian Colbeck

    The list is endless in Progressive Rock....The house of the keyboardists
     
    Iván
 
Yep that was sloppy of me...although when I googled Vangelis there appear to be other spellings:
 
Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou
 
or
 
Evanghelos Odyssey Papathanassiou
 
 
Confused
 
perhaps I got his last name rightBig smile
 
I read at least two different spellings of his name in two different versions of 666 (One with double and another with single s in Papathanasiou),
 
But I'm pretty sure he's Evangelos (Comes the two Greek words Ev - Good and Angelos- Messenger which meens Evangelos or Gospel) ........... Odysseus (The greek name of Ulysses), while Oddysey is in English
 
I understand why he changed his name, but I refuse to call him by the Holywood name that is symbol of his boring New Age era.
 
Iván
Interesting comment about his 'Hollywood name'.So what do you consider his ''new age'' albums?
I would suggest:
Apocalypse Des Animaux
La Fete Sauvage
Opera Sauvage
Antarctica
Soil Festivites
perhaps also
Oceanic
Voices
None of those albums are bad imo but each to his own
 
For me the worst albums are mostly the film soundtrack stuff like Chariots Of Fire ,Conquest Of Paradise and Alexander all very dull imo. The exception is Blade Runner obviouslyBig smile
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hmm difficult to choose only 10 so I'll choose 10 old times (60'-70') and 10 nowadays (80'-00') keyboardplayers:
 
 
Old keyboards wizards:
 
1. Keith Emerson (The Nice, ELP)
2. Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep, Weed)
3. Manfred Wieczorke (Eloy, Jane)
4. Vincent Crane (Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Atomic Rooster)
5. Marian Varga (Collegium Musicum)
6. Alan Park (Beggar's Opera)
7.Jon Lord (Deep Purple)
8. Jean-Jacques Kravetz (Frumpy, Atlantis, 8 Days of April)
9. Rick Van Der Linden (Trace, Ekseption)
10. Jurgen Fritz (Triumvirat)
 
+ special mention of Charles Tiring from Jacula Evil Smile
 
New:
 
1. Keiko Kumagai (Ars Nova)
2. Par Lindh (Par Lindh Project)
3. Nobuo Endoh (Social Tension)
4. Toshio Egawa (Gerard, Novela, Scheherazade)
5. Lalo Huber (Nexus, Subliminal, solo)
6. Motoi Sakuraba (Deja-Vu, solo)
7. Walter Pini (Nuova Era)
8. Paolo "Apollo" Negri (Wicked Minds)
9. Michele Profeti (Standarte)
10. Dave Gryder (Covenant, Storm At Sunrise, Blood of The Sun)
 
 
 
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1. Jon Lord
2. Keith Emerson
3. Richard Wright
4. Tony Banks
5. Ken Hensley

Didn't feel like putting up a top10, but I think those should be enough

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1. Kerry Minnear
2. Tony Banks
3. Kerry Livgren
4. Donald Fagen
5. RIck Wakeman
6. Kevin Moore
7. Brian Ferry
8. Chick Corea
9. David Garfield
10. Gary Brooker
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Originally posted by richardh richardh wrote:

 
Interesting comment about his 'Hollywood name'.So what do you consider his ''new age'' albums?
I would suggest:
Apocalypse Des Animaux
La Fete Sauvage
Opera Sauvage
Antarctica
Soil Festivites
perhaps also
Oceanic
Voices
None of those albums are bad imo but each to his own
 
For me the worst albums are mostly the film soundtrack stuff like Chariots Of Fire ,Conquest Of Paradise and Alexander all very dull imo. The exception is Blade Runner obviouslyBig smile
 
It's quite funny, after getting Heaven & Hell in the late 80's, I was so impressed that called my parents (who were in USA), and asked for everything Vangelis had released.
 
They got me like 10 or 12 albums, and the only ones I found interesting were:
  1. Heaven & Hell
  2. Albedo 0,39
  3. Spiral
  4. China (even when a bit tedious)
  5. Blade Runner (Bought later)

Most of the post Albedo are New Age in some degree (some more, some less) according to my opinion and The Friends of Mr Cairo is just cheesy.

Even when not all his albums are New Age, the name Vangelis is an icon of the New Age Holllywood soundtracks, for all of us who were there.
 
But I really was impressed with his technique in MYTHODEA  DVD, his performance is simply btilliant, one of the best I have ever seen, remember having watched this with my mother (who is a concertist and was never impressed with the technique of most Prog keyboardists) one day I visited her  and she was simply amazed.
 
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