Greatest Keyboard Player Of All-Time

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21 Dave Brubeck

First keyboard player I ever saw live. Tough act to follow.

Time Out. My favorite keyboard album

22 Nick Oosterhuis Nick Oosterhuis

Higly underrated guy, also a excellent singer/songwriter. I am following his career since 1982 and I am always astounished to see his next project which is mostly very different from the previous one. Hardrock, Jazz, Ambient, Pop, Blues, Soul, you name it, he is always spot on.

I really like his solo piano improvisations CD. Very, very subtle and technically outstanding. Not sure it is available in the U.S. it has a Japanese cover. Got it out of Germany.

Nick is a very talented musician, and above that, he is a very nice person, and fun to work with. I suggest to anyone who needs a great musician who will work well with the whole band, choose Nick... (Bobby Kimball)

Definitely top ten if you ask me.

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23 David Bryan David Bryan David Bryan Rashbaum, best known as just David Bryan, is the keyboard player of the popular American Rock band Bon Jovi, with which he has also co-written songs and performed backing vocals.

Absolutely the best keyboard and pianist ever, playing since the age of 6, composing musical scores, as well as the writing and composing of songs for Bon Jovi. His interaction with the audience is simply outstanding, he always has a smile for his fans. He is energetic, a true entertainer. He is a gentleman who deserves recognition for his outstanding talent and contribution to music

Easily the most talented keyboardists I have ever heard. And NO not just with his stuff with Bon Jovi.. Also his solo stuff and his music on broadway. This guy is a mega talent who can do anything and play anything he wants... After hearing all his body of work it becomes patently clear it would be a BIG mistake to underestimate or pigeon hole David. He is a legend on the keys pure and simple!

The most talented keyboard player and his able to play multiple keyboards at the same time. His live performance is something very energetic and he contact audience amazingly!

Changed music with his wonderful quirky hooks.

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24 Eddie Jobson

In addition to being an amazing keyboardist, composer and synthesist, Eddie Jobson is also an extraordinary violinist. He belongs a lot higher than here.
If you listen to the "King Crimson Live in Central Park" album you'll hear an 18-year old Jobson on keys and violin.

Eddie should be in the top three, behind Emerson and Wakeman.

One of the most gifted keyboard player and performers of all time... Also played with Roxy Music at 17-years old replacing Eno... Technically flawless.

Just the most immense of musicians. An amazing instrumentalist and virtuoso.

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25 Geddy Lee Geddy Lee Geddy Lee Weinrib, known professionally as Geddy Lee, is a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush.

He's actually not that bad on keyboards sometimes

Come on! Why is Geddy missing on this list?

Hey he also plays bass!

He can have more vote!

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26 John Paul Jones John Paul Jones John Baldwin, better known by his stage name John Paul Jones, is an English multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, arranger and record producer.

He is a bassist, organ player, pianist, mandolin player, and sometimes he even plays a guitar, but has a huge amount of skill on keyboard

His is a very talented musician and deserves to be higher on this list.

He can really play the organ in Since I Been Loving You

.This man is awesome. Just listen to No Quarter.

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27 Joe Zawinul

Greatest Jazz keyboard player and a composer of genius.

Weather Report keyboards along with Return to Forever and Mahavishnu Orchestra with Correa and Hammer respectively set a bar that has yet to be and questionably ever will be surpassed.

The 51st Annual Down Beat Critics Poll, published in the August issue of Down Beat, once again voted Joe Zawinul to the top spot of the Electric Keyboards/Synthesizer category, easily out-distancing runner-up Herbie Hancock, 260 votes to 138. I don’t know how many times Zawinul has won this category over years, but I think it’s safe to say that he’s owned it since it was created sometime in the early 1970’s.

28 Ken Hensley

Great keyboardist ranks with Jon Lord as the best in the Heavy Keyboard Department!

Not only a great keyboard player but a great writer and all round artist

The first keyboardist whose I liked. Today I like others...

29 Herbie Hancock

Herbie is possibly the finest keyboard player of all time, in any genre.

30 Tom Waits Tom Waits Thomas Alan "Tom" Waits, born December 7, 1949 is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ...read more.
31 Vangelis Vangelis Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou, known professionally as Vangelis, is a Greek composer of electronic, progressive, ambient, jazz, and orchestral music.

Why in the world this guy is not on this list is beyond me.

The definition of beautiful keys music

This Man must be the best keyboard artist that has ever lived, You only have to listen to his music and realize this, Vangelis has composed many a big films i.e Bladerunner, Chariots of Fire, he also wrote To The Unknown Man which was the signature tune for Snooker on ITV many years ago - He was also part of a duo with Jon Anderson who composed State of Independence and find your way home. Keyboard artists who is in such demand for his works.

He is the best composer/ keyboard player since motzart.

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32 Nicky Hopkins

Nicky Hopkins played with the Who, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles' Revolution and John Lennon's solo albums. His keyboard playing is one of a kind. If he were in a band, chances are he'd be ranked higher on this poll.

33 Rod Argent

His solos on Zombies songs are brilliant and his song "Hold your head up" is incredible. I'm sure, Keith Emerson admired his works.

A lot better than this ranking. He was #8 on another similar list. So this ranking is too low.

Completely agree. Definitely top 5.

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34 Janne Wirman

Give me one keyboardist that can play as fast as Wirman. Just listen to Children of Bodom's cover of Slayer's "Silent Scream" or their songs "Kissing the Shadows" and "In Your Face". He's the best shredder on keyboard, no doubt of that.

I love Children of Bodom for the music, all very very talented. No doubt the most talented around at the moment. Janne is incredible, the speed is insane. Duels with lead guitarist Alexi Laiho are impressive. Laiho one of the best guitar players alive also

The best keyboard player of all time just looking at him when he played the keyboard, just one word comes out from mouth awesome. Cob is the only band that have perfect combinations of musicians.

Best of the best metal keyboardist!

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35 Greg Zini
36 Elton John Elton John

Sad that Sir Elton John is ranked so low on this list. Nobody can play piano like him. His piano can be gentle as on Your Song and Seasons, soulful as on Border Song and Take Me To The Pilot, rocking as on Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting and Grow Some Funk Of Your Own, dramatic as on Burn Down The Mission and Have Mercy On The Criminal, sorrowful as on Sixty Years On and Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word or a mixture of all of them as on Funeral For A Friend/ Love Lies Bleeding.

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37 Martin Gore

Come on He, Vince Clarke, Alan Wilder and Nick Rhodes are the Quintessential keyboardists of all time...Sure you can count every member of Kraftwerk along with them but Martin Gore really brought this list to ahead and made electronic music a mainstream genre.

How can this man not be included on the list? Depeche Mode basically were the catalyst to today's EDM genre. He and Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran) are my 2 favourite keyboard players, and both DM and DD are 2 of my favourite bands for the same reasons. They are original, they forge a great fusion of both guitars and synths, and are so underrated as musicians in the eyes of the music press. Martin writes most of the band's songs alone, and has collaborated with Dave Gahan on their latest releases more.

He needs to be in the Top 5 of this list.

The greatest musician in the world?.. The most influential?.. You only should enjoying the silence to understand why Martin is the 'man with the wings'..

Not the best keyboard player, but sure one of the best writer and composer, the soul of DM

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38 Neil Doughty

I met him once, he smelt like peanut butter

39 Steve Walsh
40 Stephen Devassy

He is one of the best classical - western keyboardist player in india

He is one of the best in India

He is just amazing, his fingers just flow through the piano, truly amazing pianist

He is fabulous...

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