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Jordan Rudess vs. Richard Barbieri vs. Per Wiberg

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Poll Question: Who is the best of these keyboardists?
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    Posted: January 25 2011 at 04:26

I'll eliminate Rudess right away because DT keyboard solos are full of way too much cheese though I do think he's extraordinarily talented and he has on occasion played some really awesome parts for DT. Barbieri played some fantastic keyboard parts on Anesthetize and other songs but I'm gonna give it to Wiberg. Wiberg's playing just fits in so seamlessly with the songs. He uses the keyboard sparingly, with precision, and excellent timing. And overall I just enjoy his folksy/gothic sound.

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Rudess (for his solo/collaboration albums only, they show he has massive potential), even though his DT work is brilliant!
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For technical ability- Rudess is immensely talented

For atmosphere- Barbieri is the master

For timing and subtlety- Per Wiburg
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Of course Per Wiberg!!!
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I'm going with Barbieri, I'm a life long fan of Japan and his PT work speaks for itself. Although Barbieri has admitted himself that he's not really a keyboard player, ie playing on keys is quite alien to him, he's more of an effects man.Confused
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Rudess would be last on that list but a tough call between the other two mainly because they have such different styles. Wiberg played some beautiful piano on an ANEKDOTEN track that was on the "Chapters" compilation. Went with Barieri because i love his spacey style.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote DisgruntledPorcupine Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 25 2011 at 13:28
Originally posted by Kashmir75 Kashmir75 wrote:

For technical ability- Rudess is immensely talented

For atmosphere- Barbieri is the master

For timing and subtlety- Per Wiburg
Pretty much this, but I'm going with Rudess because he's played some pretty awesome keyboard solos.
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The one that played in a late 70s/early 80s band called Japan.
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Originally posted by WalterDigsTunes WalterDigsTunes wrote:

The one that played in a late 70s/early 80s band called Japan.




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You can't ignore the truth. You and the other louts might pretend to be cloth-eared simpletons who gleefully ingest disgusting garbage like opeth, but you know for a fact that Japan is absolutely superior to any and all puerile post-89 trash.
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Per Wiberg is the new Tony Banks, he fits right in, and makes the right atmosphere.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Prog Geo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 25 2011 at 16:38
Originally posted by BlindGuard BlindGuard wrote:

Per Wiberg is the new Tony Banks, he fits right in, and makes the right atmosphere.


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Mikael Akerfeldt for fans of Opeth who don't like his growls (and generally the growls): If they don't like it then they are pussies.

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I like them equally. Three completely different styles that work for my ears.
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It's hard to not appreciate Richard's originality and ability to add a lot of mood and atmosphere to the music that I really thing that Jordan is not capable of.
 
And I think that a lot of Jordan's keyboard parts these days are just fills here and there and not quite a part of the actual music itself ... and in concert, this is even worse ... his hipness with a moving keyboard and idiocy, means one thing ... nobody can hear him, and to me that shows how good he is ... he isn't! You can't miss the keyboards in PT and they are very good and create an awesome sense of detail and mood for each piece and they are not "fills" or just little rock'n'roll licks, which to me, makes me feel that Jordan is just lazy and not interested in the music itself.
 
Opeth I wwill reserve judgement, as some of their material (the better known ones too) was pretty much defined and designed by Mr. Porcupine Tree!
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Originally posted by moshkito moshkito wrote:

  
Opeth I wwill reserve judgement, as some of their material (the better known ones too) was pretty much defined and designed by Mr. Porcupine Tree!
 
Mr. Porcupine Tree had nothing to do with Still Life, and it is, along Blackwater Park, (which was Wilson's first collaboration with Opeth), the band's most critically acclaimed work. And their highest rated work on this site as well. 


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Love Wiberg but I'd like to see him get more space on the next Opeth. He's also quite cool with Spiritual Beggars!

The best is Barbieri who almost beats Richard Wright for me as most interesting rock-keyboard-player ever.
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Originally posted by WalterDigsTunes WalterDigsTunes wrote:

You can't ignore the truth. You and the other louts might pretend to be cloth-eared simpletons who gleefully ingest disgusting garbage like opeth, but you know for a fact that Japan is absolutely superior to any and all puerile post-89 trash.


Walter:

I am not a lout
Neither am I a cloth eared simpleton. I regard myself as being a wholly regular intelligent person
Neither are the majority of other people on the site louts or simpletons
I don't particularly like Opeth, but respect other people's right to.
Ditto Japan. Never did like them.
Post 1989 music is precisely the same as other eras. There is good and bad. It is you who are puerile


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Originally posted by Kashmir75 Kashmir75 wrote:

For technical ability- Rudess is immensely talented

For atmosphere- Barbieri is the master

For timing and subtlety- Per Wiburg


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Richard Barbieri 
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Rudess and Barbieri tied for me.
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