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    Posted: July 03 2012 at 11:28
Originally posted by richardh

I'm not aware of any young ones ,seems to be a dying art. One young guy who is amazingly good is Matt Bellamy of Muse although he is obviously more well known as a guitarist/singer.


That is a very good call - Bellamy is a great pianist; small example:





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Post Options Post Options   Quote sleeper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 03 2012 at 11:41
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Reading through this thread, everybody has picked people starting out in the 90's or earlier so I'll be the first to actually get it right with Richerd Henshel from To-Mera and Haken. His work with To-Mera in particular is brilliant (though so far he's only recorded on the Earthbound EP and yet to be released third album).


You've got the right idea about this, and To-Mera sounds great from what I'm listening. Thanks!

My pleasure. I would have mentioned Hugo Sheppard, their original keyboardist, but he seems to have moved out of rock all together and into ambient these days.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote richardh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 03 2012 at 14:02
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Originally posted by richardh

I'm not aware of any young ones ,seems to be a dying art. One young guy who is amazingly good is Matt Bellamy of Muse although he is obviously more well known as a guitarist/singer.


That is a very good call - Bellamy is a great pianist; small example:



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Post Options Post Options   Quote prog4evr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 04 2012 at 00:42
Michael Pinnella of Symphony X (Juilliard grad, like Jordan Rudess).  But, you would never know it from the Iconoclast album - he was so underused on that...
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Originally posted by SouthSideoftheSky

Erik Norlander. He's amazing!

 
Yes! Erik's awesome. He could just hold notes with that great analog gear he uses, and I'd listen.
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Michael Pinnella of Symphony X (Juilliard grad, like Jordan Rudess).  But, you would never know it from the Iconoclast album - he was so underused on that...
 
Michael's solo instrumental album was very nice and not what I expected from a guy who plays in Symphony X.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote stewe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 11 2012 at 16:30
If I count neo-prog, it is definitely:
- Mark Robertson of Cairo, too bad they haven't released album for some 10 years now.
- Chris Buzby of Echolyn.
... and of course also Neal Morse, Clive Nolan, Andy Tillison, Kevin Moore... but hey they are all already legends:)
I came to conclusion there are no keyboardists which deserve mention beginning 2004 and onwards. I would like to find someone charismatic, original and skilled as previously mentioned, but can't recall anybody now.  Bands like Haken bore me to death and so their keyboardist.
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Originally posted by stewe


Mark Robertson of Cairo, too bad they haven't released album for some 10 years now.

I agree that  Mark Robertson and Cairo was great (their Conflict And Dreams is excellent). But it would clearly be wrong to call him a "rising" star due to, as you already pointed out, they haven't released anything in a long time and are not likely to ever release anything again. Sadly.

As I wrote earlier in this thread, Erik Norlander is a fantastic player and composer at the height of his career right now. He is in several ways a similar player to Robertson. Both heavily inspired by Keith Emerson. 
 

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Post Options Post Options   Quote sleeper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 13 2012 at 11:17
One name I'm surprised no one has mentioned yet, including myself, is Michael Lapaj of Riverside, his work on ADHD in particular was brilliant and really fits the virtuoso spot without being over the top like Rudess.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Cinema Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 13 2012 at 13:52
Glass Hammer's Fred Schendel is phenomenal. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote gerdtheater Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 15 2012 at 11:25
Andreas "Kyrt" Söderin from Seventh Wonder, I like a lot his keyboard solos in the song Paradise and Break The Silence from their album Mercy Falls.
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Originally posted by gerdtheater

Andreas "Kyrt" Söderin from Seventh Wonder, I like a lot his keyboard solos in the song Paradise and Break The Silence from their album Mercy Falls.

He IS pretty good - it's hard to notice him sometimes though with the incredible guitar work of Johan Liefvendahl, the basswork of Andreas Blomqvist, and the silky smooth voice of Tommy Karevik.  Wink
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Post Options Post Options   Quote giselle Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 17 2012 at 10:22
The trouble is, they're all a bit anodyne, albeit sometimes technically good. Where oh where is the wild side of life, with the greats like Emerson, Wakeman, and the original leader of them all, Ritchie. These present guys make Jon Lord and Tony Banks sound like rebels.
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Eric Norelander, anything he does as himself, Rocket Scientists, Lana Lane.
 
The only issue I have with their dvds is they seem to think giving a verbal discription between songs is beneficial.
 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Ursa Minor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 21 2012 at 16:43
I like the guy Kerry Shacklett out of Presto Ballet. I do believe they found him via the internet:

Listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CPb3SptGrc
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Joe Dorsey from Ocean Architecture



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Djm912 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 27 2012 at 10:00
This may be a controversial pick, but...

Jem Godfrey of Frost*.  Milliontowon, Dear Dead Days from E.I.M.A., and he's on tour with G3 right now.

Apparently, he seems to rub some prog fans the wrong, but I dig him a whole bunch.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Slaughternalia Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 27 2012 at 11:54
Flashy complex keyboard solos are a thing of the past outside of metal and neo-prog, and for good reason
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Post Options Post Options   Quote richardh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 27 2012 at 14:15
Originally posted by Slaughternalia

Flashy complex keyboard solos are a thing of the past outside of metal and neo-prog, and for good reason
what neo prog has flashy keyboard solos?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote stewe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 31 2012 at 16:35
Originally posted by Ursa Minor

I like the guy Kerry Shacklett out of Presto Ballet. I do believe they found him via the internet:

Listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CPb3SptGrc

Shacklett is really good, I prefered older PB keyboardist though - Brian Cokeley.

I also recalled two outstanding Swedish keyboard players besides Lalle Larson. Jon Gamble of Ritual and Carl Westholm of Carptree. Worth checking out.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote octopus-4 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 01 2012 at 05:21
Nobody has mentioned yet the former Artension's keyboardist Vitalij Kuprij (btw I suggested him two years ago and I think he was rejected by PMT)




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