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  posted on 3/19/2016 at 02:56 AM
Let's talk some music......The piano, what a great rock instrument throughout history....I'm thinkin' everyone from Little Richard, Professor Longhair, Roosevelt Sykes, Jerry Lee Lewis to Chuck Leavell, Billy Joel and Elton.

Not "Keyboards"....Piano. Give us your top 5.

1) Billy Payne
2) Chuck Leavell
3) Dr. John
4) Billy Powell
5) Donald Fagen

 

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  posted on 3/19/2016 at 04:58 AM
I had the 5 names just from looking at the title. Clicked on it and laughed. Almost a perfect match, BigV. But I stick Elton in the #5 slot. Mike Garson could easily squeeze in but can't decide who to bounce to get him in.

Payne
Chuck
Dr. John
Powell
Elton

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Jerry Lee Lewis


 

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  posted on 3/19/2016 at 07:22 AM
In no particular order...

Harry "The Hipster" Gibson
Little Richard
Jerry Lee Lewis
Leon Russell
Nicky Hopkins

 

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  posted on 3/19/2016 at 07:45 AM
Chuck Leavell
Bill Payne
Bruce Hornsby
Roy Brittan
Benmont Tench

 

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  posted on 3/19/2016 at 09:05 AM
Definitely Bill Payne, Chuck Leavell, and Dr. John. After that there are a lot of candidates for the 4th and 5th spots: Ray Charles, Elton John, Bruce Hornsby, Roy Bittan, Billy Preston, Rick Wakeman...on and on. Plus I can't resist a hat tip to Pinetop Perkins and Professor Longhair.

 

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  posted on 3/19/2016 at 09:48 AM
Bill Payne
Terry Adams

 

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  posted on 3/19/2016 at 10:38 AM
Chuck
Elton John
Billy Payne
Richard Manuel
Donald Fagan

 

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  posted on 3/19/2016 at 10:41 AM
Brother Chuck has arguably the most memorable piano solos in music history. He is at the top.

 

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  posted on 3/19/2016 at 10:46 AM
Jimmie Johnson
Ian Stewart
Nicky Hopkins
C Leavell
Hornsby

 

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  posted on 3/19/2016 at 10:48 AM
terry adams
nicky hopkins
johnny johnson
chuck leavell
leon russell
(all are subject to change depending on who i'm listening to at the time)

 

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  posted on 3/19/2016 at 11:23 AM
Good lists so far and I'd like to add Keith Godchaux
 

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  posted on 3/19/2016 at 11:30 AM
All who have been mentioned -- so many in jazz alone, Oscar Peterson perhaps foremost among them -- also the brilliant Benito Gonzalez of the Kenny Burrage Trio -- I've always really dug Johnny Neel's piano playing too --
call me loco but for all his showmanship Liberace, in the footage I've seen anyway, could really play -- good mention on Professor Longhair, there was a recent show about him on VPR -- from that era I love my Fats Waller tape too, Fats is an awesome pianist

it's gotta be Chuck tho, what a player


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  posted on 3/19/2016 at 03:07 PM
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Brother Chuck has arguably the most memorable piano solos in music history. He is at the top.



I agree. He has the type of solos that people sing/scat along to. Or at least I do.

My favorite part of Clapton's Unplugged is Chuck. Should be called Chuck Unplugged or at the very least Clapton/Leavell Pull The Plug.

 

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  posted on 3/19/2016 at 03:18 PM
Ill bet NONE of the above ivory ticklers were THIS good at 11 years old. https://www.ted.com/talks/joey_alexander_an_11_year_old_prodigy_performs_ol d_school_jazz?language=en
 

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  posted on 3/19/2016 at 05:35 PM
1. Chuck Leavell
2. Nicky Hopkins
3. Elton John
4. Ian Stewart
5. Stevie Wonder

 

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  posted on 3/19/2016 at 06:16 PM
Chuck Leavell
Chris Stainton
Richard Manuel
Ian Stewart
Nicky Hopkins

 

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  posted on 3/19/2016 at 06:19 PM
Richard Manuel.

Glad to see lots of Nicky Hopkins. Underrated IMO.

 

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  posted on 3/20/2016 at 12:34 AM
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Brother Chuck has arguably the most memorable piano solos in music history. He is at the top.



Yeah, this was a tough one for me. Chuck's magic is spread allover the place, from "Forever Blue" through his work with the Brothers (for me most notably, his solo on 9/73's Winterland, IMOER) The Black Crowes amazing acoustic "She talks to Angels", Clapton and finally the Stones, quite a resume. But there is something about the vibe or swagger in Billy Payne's playing, man I was hooked after one listen to the interplay on "Dixie Chicken" from WFC, and the opening notes....I know him only from the Feat, but he gets my vote.......Also an honorable mention to Bruce Hornsby....

 

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  posted on 3/20/2016 at 11:50 AM
tough one...

Leavell
that Rory Gallagher pianist (especially on Tatooed Lady)
that Tull pianist around Thick as Brick time
Skynard pianist
early Supertramp pianist & Procal Harum pianist (same timeframe)

never remember their names like other musicians for some reason

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  posted on 3/20/2016 at 12:41 PM
in no order

Chuck
Bill Payne
Prof Longhair
Ray Charles
Elton John

Keith G is a near miss


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Ill bet NONE of the above ivory ticklers were THIS good at 11 years old. https://www.ted.com/talks/joey_alexander_an_11_year_old_prodigy_performs_ol d_school_jazz?language=en



that kid is amazing

 

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  posted on 3/20/2016 at 02:28 PM
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that Rory Gallagher pianist

Lou Martin... amazing interplay between him Rory, Rod de' Ath and Gerry McAvoy.

 

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  posted on 3/20/2016 at 05:54 PM
Love Bill Payne. So good.

Chuck of course.

Dr John is an all time fav as is Bruce.

All I have to add is some of Keith Godchaux (sp?) playing is some of the most dynamite piano playing in rock. Specifically I'd refer your to the One More Saturday Night from Rockin The Rhine. Any of those early 70s Saturday Nights.

Brent deserves mention too. He was just a great player and you can find all sorts of piano work he did, like the spring 87 tour, that was just swells of passion. Great stuff.

 

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  posted on 3/20/2016 at 11:40 PM
Joel " Taz " DiGregorio

 

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  posted on 3/21/2016 at 08:50 AM
I'm surprised no one mentioned Billy Preston.

 

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  posted on 3/21/2016 at 10:01 AM
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Ill bet NONE of the above ivory ticklers were THIS good at 11 years old. https://www.ted.com/talks/joey_alexander_an_11_year_old_prodigy_performs_ol d_school_jazz?language=en


Thanks for this vid Pops42....My fav Monk tune...Monks Dream....kid is mind boggling good

 

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