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Best Keyboardists In Music - The Semifinals

Posted on: July 21, 2008 11:27 am
Edited on: July 21, 2008 11:29 am
 

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 previous rounds!  To see the quarterfinal blog, click here:

http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/blogs
/entry/8737312/9337917


 Here are the Round 3 (quarterfinal) results.  Billy Joel pulled off his third upset in a row!

(1) Rick Wakeman [15] vs. (9) Jerry Lee Lewis [3]

(5) Elton John [6] vs. (20) Billy Joel [12]

(6) Herbie Hancock [7] vs. (3) Keith Emerson [11]

(10) Steve Winwood [7] vs. (2) Stevie Wonder [11]

 


 Here are the semi - final matchups:

 

(1) Rick Wakeman vs. (20) Billy Joel

 

(3) Keith Emerson vs. (2) Stevie Wonder

 


 Note: This tournament is 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 the Semifinals will close on Monday, July 28, at 11 AM EST.

Happy Posting!

-The Muffin Man

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Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2008 11:13 am
 

Best Keyboardists In Music - The Semifinals

Voting for the semifinals is now closed.  Thank you to everyone who voted.



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2008 11:44 am
 

Best Keyboardists In Music - The Semifinals

"If I just based my vote on technical skill and didn't consider things like songwriting ability, to me it would be like judging a baseball player by his ability to hit and not considering his defense or running ability.  A guy can be a great hitter, but it doesn't make him a great player.  For me, it's a similar thing with musicians.  To me, someone who is a great player (musical instrument) is beat out by someone who is a very good player and a great songwriter."

Exactly, bizona. That was my point. Keyboardist is to musician as hitter is to baseball player. If the poll was for best musician, I'd choose Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder. But the poll is about the more one-dimensional "Best Keyboardist," so I voted for Wakeman and Emerson.




Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: July 24, 2008 1:22 am
 

Best Keyboardists In Music - The Semifinals

(1) Rick Wakeman vs. (20) Billy Joel    I have seen several interviews with Billy Joel, who has gravitated back to playing and composing classical music, that he doesn't consider  himself technically proficient because of the size of his fingers. That may be a very true self assessment, but the dude can still play and I like a lot of what he has done. But you ask for my vote for best, not favorite, so I have to give it to Wakeman as his sessions work and his dominance of Yes with all its great musicians.

 

(3) Keith Emerson vs. (2) Stevie Wonder     Similar to the above pairing, Wonder is the better songwriter and more multitalanted musician, playing every instrument on a couple of albums, but Listening to Emerson's live work in ELP and how he fills the space with sound despite being just a three piece band, I eally respect his ability although I'm not a big fan of his music.




Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: July 23, 2008 12:18 pm
 

Best Keyboardists In Music - The Semifinals

Great job hosting this blog, Muffin Man!  Dang, I'm bummed that I missed the last round of voting.  Not that it matters, but I would have voted for Elton John over Billy Joel.  Both are great singers/songwriters/pianists, and I enjoy both of their work.  I had the pleasure of seeing them together in a twin bill in Ohio Stadium several years ago.  If you like great piano, that was quite a show.  IMHO, Elton was the better piano player of the two.

As for this round, I am going with Wakeman & Emerson......the two virtuosos over the two singer/songwriters.  They are more versatile, better rounded keyboardists, with superior technical skills.  If this was about better musicians/composers/lyricists/vocal

ists, then the roles would be reversed.  My criteria is this:  if I was building the best, most talented band I could, with the intent to play all types of music at the highest levels of musicianship, who would I want playing keyboards?




Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: July 23, 2008 11:08 am
 

Best Keyboardists In Music - The Semifinals

I don't particularly care for Tiger Woods. Whenever he's at the top of the leaderboard, I root for the other guy. I don't know if this was ever more true than during the U.S. Open, when I was cheering my heart out for Rocco Mediate.

But if you asked me who the best golfer in the world was, my reply would be: Tiger Woods.

Clearly, this keyboard voting isn't as clear-cut as the best golfer in the world argument. But for me, the sentiment is the same. I actually prefer the music of Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder to Yes and ELP, but I'm trying to keep my personal feelings and musical taste (or lack thereof) out of it.

MoLarry, it's an interesting comparison here, because I was also thinking of sports comparisons when thinking about this yesterday, though I had baseball, not golf, on my mind.

While I completely understand the point you're making - and it is a very valid one - here's my thought process and sports analogy.....

If I just based my vote on technical skill and didn't consider things like songwriting ability, to me it would be like judging a baseball player by his ability to hit and not considering his defense or running ability.  A guy can be a great hitter, but it doesn't make him a great player.  For me, it's a similar thing with musicians.  To me, someone who is a great player (musical instrument) is beat out by someone who is a very good player and a great songwriter.  Anyway, like I said, I understand the point your making.....just wanted to explain the reasoning behind my votes.



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Since: Jun 16, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2008 5:32 pm
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Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2008 5:10 pm
 

Best Keyboardists In Music - The Semifinals

Pat-

Does Sky play keyboards too?

Biz and Larry-

When voting, you can consider whatever you want to make your picks.  For instance, on DaFan's greatest guitarist vote - off, the final was Jimi Hendrix vs. Jimmy Page.  Although I think Hendrix is the more influential/better guitarist, I voted for Page simply because I like Led Zeppelin music better than Jimi Hendrix music.  But then on Yank's TV show blog, a recent matchup was CSI vs. Hawaii - Five O.  Although I like Hawaii - Five O more, I voted for CSI because I felt that show has done more for TV.  So my point is, its completely up to you!  Vote for whoever you want and I'll tally it up and give you the results!  Not like we're giving the winner a check for a million bucks or anything - this is completely unofficial.  Just have fun with it!

Keep the votes coming everyone!

-M.M.




Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2008 3:38 pm
 

Best Keyboardists In Music - The Semifinals

1. Rick Wakeman

2. Keith Emerson

3. Muffin Man

4. Sky dog

Again thanks for all you do Muffin !




Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2008 3:27 pm
 

Best Keyboardists In Music - The Semifinals

Here Are Mine Muffin:

  1. Billy Joel
  2. Stevie Wonder


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