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Best Keyboardists In Music - Round 2 Voting Open

Posted on: July 7, 2008 2:14 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2008 2:17 pm
 

Welcome to The Bakery!  For those of you who participated in previous rounds, welcome back!  To those of you here for the first time, we are deciding the title of "Greatest Keyboardist Ever - As Chosen By The Members Of The CBS Sportsline Community."  A big thank you to everyone who participated in the previous rounds!  To see the Round 1 blog, click here: http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/blogs
/entry/8737312/9120581

 


 

In Round 1, there were many clear winners, but there were also several close races and even two upsets! (according to the seedings).  Here are the results.  Seedings are in parenthesis, votes are enclosed in brackets, and winners are in bold.  Plus signs indicate that someone did not vote on a particular matchup.

(1) Rick Wakeman [18] vs. (32) Tori Amos [1] +

(16) Richard Wright [13] vs. (17) Nicky Hopkins [4] +++

(8) Al Kooper [10] vs. (25) Greg Allman [9] +

(9) Jerry Lee Lewis [17] vs. (24) Billy Powell [2] +

(5) Elton John [15] vs. (28) Warren Zevon [4] +

(12) Tony Banks [15] vs. (21) Diana Krall [3] ++

(4) Ray Manzarek [15] vs. (29) Eddie Van Halen [4] +

(13) Leon Russell [6] vs. (20) Billy Joel [13] +

(6) Herbie Hancock [16] vs. (27) Garth Hudson [3] +

(11) Billy Preston [13] vs. (22) Johann Sebastian Bach [6] +

(3) Keith Emerson [16] vs. (30) John Paul Jones [3] +

(14) Chick Corea [14] vs. (19) Bill Payne [5] +

(10) Steve Winwood [14] (23) Dave Brubeck [4] ++

(7) Jon Lord [8] vs. (26) George Gershwin [10] ++

(15) Ray Charles [14] vs. (18) Roy Bittan [4] ++

(2) Stevie Wonder [15] vs. (31) John Evan [3] ++

Note: The font is odd because I used Microsoft Word to tally votes (a technique explained to me by YankeeLuvnGator.  Thanks Yank!)

 


 

Therefore, here are the matchups for Round 2:

(1) Rick Wakeman vs. (16) Richard Wright

(8) Al Kooper vs. (9) Jerry Lee Lewis

(5) Elton John vs. (12) Tony Banks

(4) Ray Manzarek vs. (20) Billy Joel

(6) Herbie Hancock vs. (11) Billy Preston

(3) Keith Emerson vs. (14) Chick Corea

(10) Steve Winwood vs. (26) George Gershwin

(2) Stevie Wonder vs. (15) Ray Charles

 


 

Note: This tournament will be set up "March Madness Style" as opposed to, say, "Stanley Cup Playoff Style."  This means that the above matchups should be envisioned as if in a bracket and the best seed remaining does not necessarily play the worst seed remaining.

Once again, I will only vote if there is a tie.  Voting for Round 2 will close on Monday, July 14, at 11 AM EST.

Happy Posting!

-The Muffin Man

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Comments

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2008 12:18 pm
 

Best Keyboardists In Music - Round 2 Voting Open

The voting for Round 2 is now closed.  Thank you to everyone who voted!




Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2008 6:31 pm
 

Best Keyboardists In Music - Round 2 Voting Open

  1. Rick Wakeman
  2. J. Lewis
  3. Elton John
  4. Billy Joel
  5. Billy Preston
  6. Keith Emerson
  7. Steve Winwood
  8. Stevie Wonder  



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2008 11:35 am
 

Best Keyboardists In Music - Round 2 Voting Open

I am sorry Larry...I noticed that!  I assure you, it turned out that way by the votes...Also, I think a few women received votes in the preliminarys, but not enough to advance...Maybe if you were here in the preliminarys, it would have been different...

anyways, lol and thanks for voting so far everyone!




Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2008 9:44 am
 

Best Keyboardists In Music - Round 2 Voting Open

The No. 2 seed vs. No. 15 seed competition is SO wrong on a couple of different levels. Not only are you forcing voters to make one African-American eliminate another, but you're asking them to make one blind guy eliminate another!

Wait til the ACLU hears about THIS!  LOL!

(And where are the women? Apparently there ARE no great women keyboardists: see list on link)

 




Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2008 1:04 am
 

Best Keyboardists In Music - Round 2 Voting Open

Once again, this is a great job you are doing Muffin. Keep up the great work.


1) Rick Wakeman
vs. (16) Richard Wright  I still respect Wakeman's work going all the way back to 1970 when he was providing the organ tracks on Elton John's album, Madman Across The Water.  His work with Yes is outstanding, if somewhat excessive.

(8) Al Kooper vs. (9) Jerry Lee Lewis  This is hard for me as The Killer is the more famous as a frontman and Kooper  is more a producer since the early 70s than a keyboardist. Still, being present in the band when Dylan went electric is so important to rock history by itself.

(5) Elton John vs. (12) Tony Banks  Elton still shows off his classical chops on many of his best songs from his early albums. As stated earlier, Wakeman was good enough to play the organ while Elton played the piano. A little known album of his is 11-17-70, recorded live at a small radio station shows what a great player he is while singing with minimal backing from his small band.

(4) Ray Manzarek vs. (20) Billy Joel  Billy is far better know, but Manzarek provided the bass tracks and the keyboards that made the Doors so much different from any other band ever before or since. Morison only wrote the lyrics. Manzarek wrote the majority of the music.

(6) Herbie Hancock vs. (11) Billy Preston   I really like Preston and he played on a lot o great songs, but Herbie is the PIANO MAN>

(3) Keith Emerson vs. (14) Chick Corea    If  Keith could just keep his ego in check. He is so technically proficient, but Chick has the emmys to back him up.

(10) Steve Winwood vs. (26) George Gershwin    I'm sure Gershwin deserves better, but Winwood has been so consistently good for so long. Member of some great great groups(Traffic, Spencer Davis Group, Blind Faith) and a great solo artist.

(2) Stevie Wonder vs. (15) Ray Charles    Stevie is a genius. Ray was the genuis who made it possible for Stevie to get his chance.



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Since: Jun 14, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2008 3:08 pm
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Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2008 1:36 pm
 

Best Keyboardists In Music - Round 2 Voting Open

(1) Rick Wakeman vs. (16) Richard Wright - no one sets a better mood than Richard Wright.  He provided a key component of the Pink Floyd Sound, but maintained a far lower profile than guys like Wakeman.  Wakeman provided the key component of his bands' sound.  Despite being a bit excessive at times, Wakeman is a virtuoso and innovator with few peers.

(8) Al Kooper vs. (9) Jerry Lee Lewis - Kooper did much for many behind the scenes.  Lewis was drawn to the spotlight.  Fame can be a component of greatness.

(5) Elton John vs. (12) Tony Banks - Wow, tough call here.  Sir Elton produced  mountains of brilliant piano work.  Banks was more like Richard Wright in that he was content to be a key component of the show, while Elton is the show. I give Banks the edge because of his versatility (synth, piano, organ, etc...he is the better rounded musician) and also his brilliant technical innovations (ex: mixing drum machine processors with synthesizers to create a unique sound...Mama).

(4) Ray Manzarek vs. (20) Billy Joel - Another tough call.  Manzarek was the driving force behind The Doors' music, and was brilliant at handling bass rhythms in addition to melodies.  Billy, like Elton, produced mountains of brilliant piano work.  In this case, I will be a homer and choose based on personal preference.  One of the coolest concerts I've seen was an Elton John / Billy Joel double bill in Ohio Stadium.  Man, if you like great piano work, that was the show for you!

(6) Herbie Hancock vs. (11) Billy Preston - I love Preston's contributions, but Hancock's virtuosity cannot be denied.

(3) Keith Emerson vs. (14) Chick Corea - Wow, a matchup of virtuosos.  Brilliant jazz pianist vs brilliant rock keyboardist.  I give Emerson the slight edge due to being well rounded and innovative.  Everyone knows Keith Emerson is great on electronic keyboards, but for a real treat, check out his piano work on Take A Pebble.  Great mix of jazz, rag and honky tonk blues played at warp speed. 

(10) Steve Winwood vs. (26) George Gershwin - I respect what Gershwin did, but I can't stand listening to it.

(2) Stevie Wonder vs. (15) Ray Charles - Stevie is a better musician.




Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2008 1:20 pm
 

Best Keyboardists In Music - Round 2 Voting Open

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Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2008 10:09 am
 

Best Keyboardists In Music - Round 2 Voting Open

Rick Wakeman

Jerry Lee Lewis

Tony Banks

Billy Joel

Herbie Hancock

Keith Emerson

Steve Winwood

Ray Charles

 




Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2008 2:18 am
 

Best Keyboardists In Music - Round 2 Voting Open

(1) Rick Wakeman

 (9) Jerry Lee Lewis

(12) Tony Banks

(20) Billy Joel

(6) Herbie Hancock

(3) Keith Emerson

(10) Steve Winwood

(15) Ray Charles

And a tip of the muffin top for all your hard work!



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