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  1. 19 Dec '13 03:15
    What's your favorite piece/performer?

    Phillip Glass for me.
  2. 19 Dec '13 03:16
  3. 19 Dec '13 03:19 / 1 edit
    It would surely be something by Floyd Cramer.

    'On the Rebound' gives a good idea of his playing style, which is called "slip note."


    I also like Allen Toussaint on 'Java.'

  4. 19 Dec '13 03:24
    You want versatility? Anthony Burger:


    (Playing starts at 0:50.)
  5. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    19 Dec '13 12:21 / 7 edits
    I like my buddy George:

    He certainly made this tune by Pachelbel famous.

    We have been friends for over 30 years.

    You can hear the influence of Floyd Cramer in this piece but it is 100% George!

    He has also influenced a lot of other pianists and singlehandedly started the solo piano movement in the early 80's.

    Scroll down to the Pachelbel, first one on the left and there are kids playing his pieces there also.

    On the right hand side of that page is a list of performers and another pianist I really love, Liz Story, there is a piece by her called Greensleeves.

    I like all of her music, like "Escape of the circus ponies' and many others. I wish she had made more CD's but something happened, not sure what, that sidetracked her recordings.

    She would never have recorded and become popular had it not been for George.

    Both George and Liz got their main start on Will Ackerman's record label Windom Hill records, George actually had his first record on John Fahey's label "Tacoma records', Titled Blues and Ballads for Solo Piano. It did ok for a folk record label, sold something like 5000 copies but then in the early 80's Will Ackerman bought the rights to it and when it hit the world in I think 1982 or so, it went platinum and put Windom Hill on the map and the solo piano scene has not been the same since!

    It was really funny, my wife and I had moved to Arizona after I had a band in LA, Southwind Irish band which did a lot of pretty big gigs back then and we were really good friends with George, we both lived in Venice Beach ATT, and I didn't find out about the Windom Hill deal till one day we were at some hotel or other and got in an elevator and lo and behold, there was George's music playing which I knew very well, having done gigs with him early on. We looked at each other and were going, What in the world is George's music doing playing in this elevator? Unbeknownst to us, his re-release on Windom hill was a huge hit and put him on the map instantly! We were thrilled when we found out!

    My wife introduced George to Hawaiian music, she was a professional Hawaiian dancer in her youth and gave George a few Hawaiian guitar records and he really ran with that, he is a virtuoso in that field also, now doing concerts with just guitar and harmonica which he is also an expert in.

    He wanted my wife Susan to be his manager just before we moved to Arizona but fate took us on different paths.

    BTW, my guitar teacher, Mike Stewart, AKA Backwards Sam Firk, and John Fahey both recorded a few cuts on Joe Bussard's label Fonotone records, on 78's! Both RIP. Joe is still around though. My son Kevin and I visited him in Maryland a few years ago.
  6. 19 Dec '13 14:35 / 5 edits
    sonhouse's mention of George Winston reminds me that I sometimes put Vince Guaraldi's 'Nobody Else' on repeat and drift off to sleep with it playing until daybreak. (I heard Winston's nice cover of that song about a year ago.)

    My dream lineup (some now deceased):

    Lead guitar-- Chet Atkins
    Rhythm guitar-- John Lennon
    Bass-- Paul McCartney
    Percussion-- Hal Blaine
    Keyboards-- Floyd Cramer
    Clarinet-- Pete Fountain
    Saxophone-- Clarence Clemons
    Trumpet-- Al Hirt
    Banjo-- Pete Seeger
    Pedal steel-- Pete Drake
    Vocals, female co-leads-- Nana Mouskouri & Diana Ross
    Vocals, male co-leads-- George Jones & Mick Jagger
    Backing vocals-- Anita Kerr Singers

    {bunch of edits, adding to list}
  7. 19 Dec '13 14:48
    Not necessarily my favourite but a couple artists who think outside the box (like Glass) spring to mind:

    John Cage's use of the prepared piano and These New Puritans' use of the resonator piano

    These New Puritans:
  8. Standard member Bosse de Nage
    Zellulärer Automat
    20 Dec '13 20:28
    I dig Charlemagne Palestine for the dog days.
  9. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    22 Dec '13 23:29
    Originally posted by Bosse de Nage
    I dig Charlemagne Palestine for the dog days.
    Kind of the WC Fields of music.
  10. Standard member Bosse de Nage
    Zellulärer Automat
    24 Dec '13 14:52
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    Kind of the WC Fields of music.
    I suppose he could be said to resemble a juggler.

    Here is an unmissable film of Charlemagne Palestine:
  11. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    09 Jan '14 00:44 / 5 edits
    Here is one of my favorite classical pianists: Martha Argerich

    Some Scarlatti:

    Bach, concerto for 4 piano's, star studded cast!


    Ravel Piano Concerto in G:


    Lang Lang and Martha:

    Ravel, Mother Goose


    Here she is in 1966: Chopin

  12. 09 Jan '14 13:47
    I love to hear Angela Hewitt playing Bach.
  13. 10 Jan '14 19:12
    Originally posted by NoEarthlyReason
    I love to hear Angela Hewitt playing Bach.