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What are your favourite piano solos in popular music (rock, pop, soul, fusion, funk etc.)? Jazz excluded since it would be worthy of a separate topic. Solos/piano parts that are memorable and have become recognizable part of the song (not necessarily your favourite) count too (i.e. Sweet Home Alabama piano outro).

 

I'm gonna start with Chuck Leavell's Southbound and Jessica solos.

 

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Shock G's piano solo in Digital Underground's "Doowhutchalike"! and Bruce Hornsby's solo on "That's The Way It Is".
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Kenny Kirkland solo on Sting's Bring on the night live version, but that probably fall into the jazz category although it's a pop song.

Anyway, that solo really kick some arse! :)

I remember when I was young that I was thrilled by Elton John's solo on Bennie and the Jets, and that solo really add something to the sound and became as famous as the song itself..

 

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Kenny Kirkland solo on Sting's Bring on the night live version, but that probably fall into the jazz category although it's a pop song.

Anyway, that solo really kick some arse! :)

I remember when I was young that I was thrilled by Elton John's solo on Bennie and the Jets, and that solo really add something to the sound and became as famous as the song itself..

 

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love Kenny Kirkland's play, music lost a lot when he dissapeared...

 

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I remember when I was young that I was thrilled by Elton John's solo on Bennie and the Jets...

 

:thu:x10 to this.

Arguably one of the biggest reasons I took up the piano in the first place, and opened my eyes to other great ones:

 

Chuck Leavell on "Jessica"

Hornsby - "The Way It Is"

Joe Jackson - "Cancer"

And I'll push the definition a bit by nominating a Rhodes solo - Ray Manzarek's break in "Riders On The Storm"

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+1 on Jessica. Others:

 

Paul Schaffer's piano solo on "Almost" off the first Blues Brothers album. It's very short, but says a lot.

 

Billy Joel on "Angry Young Man" and "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant"

 

Bob Mayo's Rhodes solo on the long version of "Do You Feel Like We Do". That was the solo that made me want to get a Rhodes.

 

 

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+1 for Kenny Kirkland

 

Victor Feldman's Rhodes solo on Steely Dan's "Black Cow" has always been a favorite. Not flashy, not overplayed, just right. I could hear that same solo coming out Michael Brecker's tenor, Phil Woods' alto, or Chuck Findley's flugel. I've borrowed Feldman's licks more times than I should admit.

 

 

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This one is a bit obscure and really not mind-blowing, but I wanted to call it out as it was the very first "rock piano solo" that I learned when I was in high school. This is Pulling Mussels from a Shell by Squeeze. Piano solo starts about 2:12.

 

 

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I have always liked the late Billy Powell's (Skynyrd) solo on Call Me The Breeze.

 

Also, Billy Joel's Root Beer Rag live always pleases. (granted the entire song is a solo in the concert context)

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Fusion: Jan Hammer's solo on Snoopy's Search is a classic.

 

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Can we not go Synth at all? Even if it's in a pop context? Because if we can, I'd nominate David Paich's solos on Africa, Rosanna and Waiting For Your Love.

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favorite solos on any keyboard instrument in any kind of music? That's a pretty broad category! But the first thing that popped into my head, free association-like, was Max MIddleton's playing on Jeff Beck Group, such as his solos in Ice Cream Cakes and Going Down (the whole song is sort of a solo). If I searched my memory for Nicky Hopkins solos, I'd probably find something I like even more.

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I have always liked the late Billy Powell's (Skynyrd) solo on Call Me The Breeze.

 

Yep, that's a flashy one. I always liked his solo on I know a little. Short and sweet.

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Have we forgotten the Booker T solo on Green Onions?

 

No, we have remembered that the topic is PIANO solos. It's hard to leave jazz out, because pop rock and soul seem to have lots more memorable synth and organ stuff than piano.

 

I nominate Tony Banks' intro to "Firth of Fifth".

 

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favorite solos on any keyboard instrument in any kind of music? That's a pretty broad category!

 

Actually, my original idea was piano only solos in popular music (jazzy solos in pop music are also fine) , but it kinda got expanded to electric pianos (which is also fine). Maybe we should allow jazz as well. Organs and synths are bit of a strech since it's a point really where thing get too broad. We could get a separate thread for those though.

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Many of the ones mentioned plus:

- Anytime Chuck Leavell got to shine on Eric Clapton's Unplugged.

- Bruce Hornsby, "King of the Hill."

 

Does Herbie's solo on Stevie Wonder's "As" count?

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As many folks around here know, I'm a sucker for nearly every solo Ralph Sharon has ever played w/Tony Bennett. I also really love the solo on Natalie Cole's version of "Our Love (is Here to Stay)" from the Unforgettable Album which I think is Clare Fisher (but I can't swear to it).

Of course, at the other end of the spectrum is John Jarvis's madman moment on Hank Jr.'s "Born to Boogie" :crazy:

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