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Old 04-21-2005, 10:52 PM   #31
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Chris Martin doesn't belong on the list. It's all basic chords. Same with Edge. Basic stuff - but good sounding basic stuff.

I'll just make mine a top 5 (in no particular order):

Tori Amos
Ben Folds
Elton John
Billy Joel
Fiona Apple

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Old 04-21-2005, 11:02 PM   #32
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I'll agree with the mentions of Ray Manzarek, Jools Holland, Tori Amos ("Spark", she just massacres her piano on that song...), Bruce Hornsby, Elton John, and Billy Joel .

How about Jerry Lee Lewis? My parents refer to him as the "Jimi Hendrix of piano" .

Little Richard was a pretty mean piano player, too.

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Old 04-22-2005, 04:47 AM   #35
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if you extend definition of piano ...

then that guy from THE DOORS..he is really good...

I like Chris Martin as well....

Thom Yorke on piano..which song ??
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Old 04-22-2005, 06:39 AM   #38
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stevie wonder, ray charles, jerry lee lewis, elton john are all great... i'd say manzarek but he technicaly didn't play the piano

but i'm gonna have to go with billy joel... summer highland falls, prelude/angry young man, etc. etc. might not have been the best technical player of all time, but the quality and quantity of his work on the piano has to put him at the top, for me at least.

as far as the current crop... chris martin, thom yorke... all fine... but i'll have to go with alicia keys as far as pure talent goes.
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My votes:

Bruce Hornsby
Elton John
Billy Joel
Tori Amos
Thom Yorke
Chris Martin

yeah Alicia Keys is also very good.
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Matt Bellamy is a good choice too. If you heard "Butterflies & Hurricanes" you'd be hard pressed to disagree.
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Old 04-22-2005, 07:15 AM   #42
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Originally posted by Diemen
Chris Martin doesn't belong on the list. It's all basic chords.
fair enough, but like it or not there's been a resurrgence in piano based rock since "clocks" and "the scientist" were huge hits.
I don't think there had been any for a long time before that.
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Thom Yorke on piano..which song ??
Karma Police
Everything in its Right Place
Pyramid Song
You and Whose Army
Sit Down Stand Up
Sail to the Moon
We Suck Young Blood
Like Spinning Plates (live)
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*listening to Billy Joel's "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant"

The interesting thing is that Joel has quite a few songs with little or no piano, but when he does play.... damn.

1. Billy Joel
2. Ray Charles
3. Jerry Lee Lewis
4. Elton John
5. Tori Amos

honorable mention: my homeboy Ben Folds
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Elton John--I have seen him twice--once in the 70's and then about 5 years ago--he is the greatest! & don't laugh--Yanni. I went with my mother as a gift last year--that man is smokin' on the piano. His show was so much more than I expected (I was the youngest person there too.) He's pretty easy on the eyes.

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