Time and time again, I get various keyboard and piano solos going through my head. Some of this stuff are really great! Here is a list of some of my favorite keyboard players. It's in all random order.
Rick Wakeman (Yes) This guys got a shitload of keyboards! This guy is responsible for bringing color and flavor to Yes. He is probably the most respected player in the business! Even though his "Six Wives of Henry VIII" is considered his masterpiece, his solo on "Close to the Edge" comes to my mind more often.
Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake & Palmer) This guy is the master of keyboards! ELP is one of the few bands out there without a "true" guitar player, making his keys the lead instrument. How about that intro to "Karn Evil 9"?
Ray Manzarek (The Doors) This jazz influenced keyboardist provided the distinct sound for the Doors. I just love throwing the vinyl on during a thunderstorm and listen to that solo on "Riders on the Storm" climax! Awesome!
Rick Davies (Supertramp) Supertramp is a very unique band. Having two keybooardists, a sax player, bassist, and a drummer, this definately different from the rest. The triple assault on the ivorys on "Child of Vision" leaves my head swirling for days!
Richard Wright (Pink Floyd) This guy is this the musical landscape for Pink Floyd. C'mon now, "Us and Them" May he rest in peace...
John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) Everybody knows about the prowless of Plant, Page and Bonzo. JPJ is often regonized as the goldfish of Zeppelin, What a shame! Even though tunes like "Trampled Under Foot" and "All My Love" are awesome, No Quarter is his masterpiece! The 1973 version on "The Song Remains the Same Movie" is excellent, but be sure to check out the super epic length versions from 1975 and 1977!
Jon Lord (Deep Purple) His kick ass, Hammond pushing organ solos blow my mind! Can anybody ever get enough of his solo on "Highway Star?"
Bobby Whitlock (Derek and the Dominoes) I could listen to the ending solo on "Layla" over and over. Brings back many memories...
I could go on and on about other keyboard players like Tony Carey from Rainbow, Roy Bitten's solo on "Thunder Road", Steve Winwood's work on "Well All Right", and Bruce Hornsby. This blog is taking me a bit long to write so feel free add on to what you like!