Best Progressive Rock Keyboardists


The Top Ten

1 Keith Emerson Keith Emerson Keith Noel Emerson was an English keyboardist and composer. Emerson played in a number of bands before he found his first commercial success with the Nice.

Just listen to ELP's self titled. The guy's phenomenal.

Greatest ever with a stage presence to match

Simply put - Keith is #1, 2, and 3. Yes, he was that good, that talented, that brilliant.

Listen to Tarkus, listen to Karn Evil 9. Then you will understand.

by the way, why is Rick Wakeman #5? Isn't he supposed to be the second best?

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2 Richard Wright Richard Wright Richard William "Rick" Wright was an English musician, composer, singer and songwriter. He was the main keyboardist and a backup vocalist for the psychedelic and progressive English rock band, Pink Floyd .

It's interesting that Keith Emerson once said when talking about Progressive Rock keyboardists, "There's Richard Wright and the rest of us..."!

Overrated, just like all of Pink Floyd.

Tony Banks >>>>> Richard Wright - PlanetDeadwing

3 Tony Banks Tony Banks

Years later, his keyboard contributions stand out as the most memorable, tasteful, epic, beautiful.

The biggest genius in music. He deserves the top spot. - PlanetDeadwing

The best

4 Rick Wakeman Rick Wakeman Richard Christopher "Rick" Wakeman is an English keyboardist, songwriter, television and radio presenter, and author.

Wakeman beats someone like Jordan Rudess for me because not only are his technique, speed and improvisation skills utterly amazing but the feeling and emotion that he channels through his music is astounding. Not to mention his musical skills such as composition, arrangement, etc

All of these players are great but I personally believe Rick Wakeman is the best. If you need proof just listen to Fragile, Close to the Edge, Tales from Topographical Oceans, Going for the One; Anderson, Bruford, Wakemon, Howe; and his Life on Mars piano tribute to David Bowie.

5 Jordan Rudess Jordan Rudess Jordan Rudess is an American keyboardist and composer best known as a member of the progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater and the progressive rock supergroup Liquid Tension Experiment.
6 Michael Pinnella Michael Pinnella
7 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.
8 Ian McDonald
9 Jon Lord Jon Lord Jonathan Douglas "Jon" Lord was an English composer, pianist, and Hammond organ player known for his pioneering work in fusing rock with classical or baroque forms, especially with Deep Purple, as well as Whitesnake, Paice Ashton Lord, The Artwoods, and The Flower Pot Men.
10 Robert Fripp Robert Fripp Robert Fripp (born 16 May 1946) is an English guitarist, composer and record producer. As a guitarist for the progressive rock band King Crimson, Fripp has been the only member to have played in all of King Crimson's line-ups from their inception in the late 1960s to the present. He has also worked more.

The Contenders

11 Jim Gilmour

Classically trained true pro that produces rocking melodies like no other

One of my top 10 keyboard player of all time

12 Jon Anderson Jon Anderson John Roy Anderson, known professionally as Jon Anderson, is an English singer, songwriter, and musician best known as the former lead singer of the progressive rock band Yes, which he co-founded in 1968 with bassist Chris Squire.
13 Kerry Minnear
14 Richard Barbieri
15 Peter Bardens
16 Chris Copping
17 Rick Davies
18 Rod Argent
19 John Evan
20 Mike Pinder
21 Tony Kaye
22 Gary Brooker
23 Matthew Fisher
24 Dickey Sims

Played with Eric Clapton, Bob Segar, Joan Armatrading
Platinum & Gold winner several

25 Adam Holzman
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