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Hybrid KB Players-Mixing It Up


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I think it is cool when KB players can incorporate a variety of styles in their playing.

 

As artists, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Dr. John, Bruce Hornsby and Joe Jackson immediately come to mind.

 

Then, there are cats like Tim Carmon and Greg Phillinganes who get called for different gigs.

 

List other KB players who can mix it up. :cool:

PD

 

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Of course, Ray Charles was the man but he is playing on the other side of glory nowadays. ;)

 

Among the living, that guy Kanker has a deep bag of tricks too. :laugh::cool:

 

 

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Billy Joel...Tom Brislin...Prince

 

Billy Joel is a surprisingly eclectic artist for a guy who's often mistaken as just another piano balladeer. He's done straight ahead rock, 50's rockabilly, big band, jazzy-blues, ragtime, broadway, tin-pan alley, gospel and everything in-between.

 

Steely Dan were mixing it up constantly until they settled on the Aja/Gaucho sound. Listen to Can't Buy A Thrill, Countdown To Ecstacy, Pretzel Logic, they were touching many forms of pop/rock on those albums, and it always seems to work and it always sounds like Steely Dan. Pretty remarkable.

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Steely Dan were mixing it up constantly until they settled on the Aja/Gaucho sound. Listen to Can't Buy A Thrill, Countdown To Ecstacy, Pretzel Logic, they were touching many forms of pop/rock on those albums, and it always seems to work and it always sounds like Steely Dan. Pretty remarkable.

Donald Fagen and the cats he enlisted on their sessions definitely deserve mention.

 

Isnt it sort of a necessary thing?

Not really. There are many players who stick to one style. :cool:

PD

 

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Steely Dan were mixing it up constantly until they settled on the Aja/Gaucho sound. Listen to Can't Buy A Thrill, Countdown To Ecstacy, Pretzel Logic, they were touching many forms of pop/rock on those albums, and it always seems to work and it always sounds like Steely Dan. Pretty remarkable.

Donald Fagen and the cats he enlisted on their sessions definitely deserve mention.

 

Isnt it sort of a necessary thing?

Not really. There are many players who stick to one style. :cool:

 

Rick Wakeman...Benmont Tench...Tony Banks...Dave Horne

 

No less valid an approach, just different.

 

 

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Rick Wakeman...Benmont Tench...Tony Banks...Dave Horne

 

No less valid an approach, just different.

 

 

Absolutely! At the end of the day, all that matters is that all these cats sound like themselves. We all draw from a deep well of influences depending on your tastes, the teacher or training you may have had or the music that was playing in your house growing up. It's how you draw from those influences and meld them together into your own style or sound that matters.

 

For example, Rick Wakeman and Tony Banks both come from classical backgrounds, yet both are distinctive in their approaches. Same goes for all the great players.

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What style(s) does Ben Folds play other than pop/rock?

 

If you listen to his catalog, you'll hear classical, jazz, punk, rock, blues, and even R&B and hip-hop influences in his songwriting and playing.

 

If Ben Folds is just a "pop/rock pianist," then so is Elton. And Elton is much more than that.

 

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Billy Joel is a surprisingly eclectic artist for a guy who's often mistaken as just another piano balladeer. He's done straight ahead rock, 50's rockabilly, big band, jazzy-blues, ragtime, broadway, tin-pan alley, gospel and everything in-between.

 

Not to mention his Chopinesque classical album.

 

 

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Brother Tony, put down the codeine and contact the poison control center immediately. :laugh:

 

Timbaland has sampled many styles but cannot fancy himself a KB player by any stretch of the imagination. :cool:

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Billy Joel is a surprisingly eclectic artist for a guy who's often mistaken as just another piano balladeer. He's done straight ahead rock, 50's rockabilly, big band, jazzy-blues, ragtime, broadway, tin-pan alley, gospel and everything in-between.

 

Any of them well? :rimshot:

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Billy Joel is better than most people know.

 

At being a total prick? :whistle:

 

haha...perhaps, no doubt his ego was weird at times. but seriously, his body of work is amazing...one of very few 70s artists who continued to do great stuff in the 80s. The Nylon Curtain (once you get past Pressure) stands up to most anything he did in the 70s.

 

Regardless, I'm a fan, him and Elton are the reason I started playing, Billy was the better teacher of the two

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