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FDP Forum / Rock-it 88's - Keyboard Forum / bottom line listening for keyboard players

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Whitehorse Canada

I don't get out much
Aug 13th, 2016 01:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'll submit a couple of options.

Tarkus, and Blow By Blow.

Regarding Blow By Blow....Max is the consummate support player with a few solos tossed in.
I suppose my age has influenced my choices....I know that there are countless options.

What you got?

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Whitehorse Canada

I don't get out much
Aug 13th, 2016 02:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

There's parts of Tarkus that don't really turn me on.....Doesn't mean it's not good playing.




Too Much GAS
Aug 13th, 2016 04:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

Emerson was "The Man!" I think my favorite was "The Endless Enigma Pt. 1" thru "Fugue" and "The Endless Enigma Pt. 2" from the Trilogy album.

I always called that song "The Endless Enema." It was just too obvious to ignore.

(This message was last edited by ninworks at 06:21 AM, Aug 13th, 2016)

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Eat. Sleep. Guitar.

Aug 13th, 2016 08:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

For peeanner playing, Terry "T" Lavitz (RIP) of Dixie Dregs, Jazz is Dead, Widespread Panic, etc., fame is the guy.

Another guy with a similar style is Bruce Hornsby. Great player.

Ramblin Rhodes

Sportsman's Paradise

Doin' Bruin
Aug 13th, 2016 05:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

Roly,...glad you came along to 'attempt' to revive the FDP Keyboard Forum..!!...

..there are not many members here that contribute to this part of the FDP...It is understood that Fender is most closely associated with guitars and guitar amplifiers, even though, for a time, Fender built and marketed the "Fender Rhodes" keyboard after acquiring the brand from Harold Rhodes. I own one of those vintage keyboards and hope to keep it viable until it is time to pass it on.

I also own a vintage Fender Showman amplifier that I use to amplify the Rhodes...the combination sound is 'classic' to say the least... that amplifier is what initially attracted me to the FDP in pursuit of information with respect to proper restoration etc.

...in reference to Keith Emerson...to me he was the quintessential "rock keyboard artist"..combining the correct amount of theatrics into their live performances but at the same time infusing serious classical influences into their repertoire.

ELP were pioneers with respect to interjecting classical influences from the European Masters into popular music which had been predominately, and to some extent, continues to be dominated by african culture.

I agree that some of Emerson's music can be somewhat "difficult" to listen to...only in that it demands complete attention to detail...not something to put on whilst piddeling about...one must actively listen to what he is saying in order to appreciate his statement.

Keith was at the forefront of music technology when he incorporated the Moog Synthesizer into his music and created the first and still iconic synthesizer "Lucky Man" solo.

In the studio Keith was an uncompromising genius when it came to arrangements and performance...that is what ultimately led to the dissolution of Emerson Lake & Palmer...

Keith Emerson proved that a keyboard artist could "FRONT" a popular rock band and pack modern stadiums and arenas with music fans.

..as to Peegoo's reference to 'T Lavitz' and 'Bruce Hornsby'...both are monumental influences within the popular music idiom...and excellent examples of talented keyboard artists...I will also mention Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater fame however....
..none measure up to the stature of Mr. Emerson..!!!!

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Whitehorse Canada

I don't get out much
Aug 14th, 2016 05:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

Am I the only one here who likes Max Middleton(SP)?


Ramblin Rhodes

Sportsman's Paradise

Doin' Bruin
Aug 14th, 2016 06:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

...I like Max too...just not the same way as Keith..
..edit to add: "Cheers Roly"..!!"

(This message was last edited by Ramblin Rhodes at 08:43 PM, Aug 14th, 2016)

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Cincinnati, USA

Aug 15th, 2016 08:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

Love Max Middleton and I think I've already said that on earlier posts to this forum.

Like Rick Wakeman too.

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Whitehorse Canada

I don't get out much
Sep 4th, 2019 04:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

I guess it's understandable that keys get little mention on a Fender forum.

My wife plays many instruments, but is primarily a keyboard player.

From memory....here's an inventory of her gear.

Two upright pianos
An FP8
An A 90
A U20
A Motion Sound Leslie
A Nord Stage two
A Nord Electro
A Rhodes
An ARP Oddesy
A Roland D110
An accordion

Add to that, roughly six violins, a cello, and several whistles.


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Middle Tennessee

Guitar Slave
Sep 5th, 2019 05:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

I was classically keyboard-trained when I was a kid but, the diaper kept sliding off the keys. ;o)

ELP'S Pictures At AN Exhibition was my first exposure to ELP. Still love that album. IMO Brain Salad Surgery was their best over-all album but, I love almost all their stuff.

Tony Banks of Genesis is also a great player. Not as flashy as Emerson but a lot more sonic textures in his work. His album "A Curious Feeling" is one of my favorites.

Rick Wakeman is a monster player on an Emerson-isk level. His work with early Yes was amazing. Their Tales From Topographic Oceans album had some of his best work even though he hated it. His Hammond solo on Close To The Edge is incredible as is the organ solo on Roundabout.

Patrick Moraz of Yes and The Moody Blues is also a great player. I have some of his early solo albums and they are wonderful. I saw him play with Yes once and his featured piano spot floored me.

Of all the current keyboard aficionados Jordan Rudess is at the top of my list. To me, he's not as much an emotional player as the previously mentioned but is supremely talented.

(This message was last edited by ninworks at 07:35 AM, Sep 5th, 2019)

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Eastun' Carolina

Like Ringo, I'm happy to be here!
Oct 10th, 2019 10:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

I’ll second Bruce Hornsby, and also add Greg Rolie from early Journey. Loved his solo on “Winds of March”.

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Oct 10th, 2019 10:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

Old thread but I'll bite.

Pete Johnson for pianer.
Joey Defrancesco for organ.

In the pop/rock realm I've liked what Nicky Hopkins did.

There is some wild stuff that Rick Wakeman contributed to early Al Stewart.

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