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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2005-08-23T16:13:22+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/feed.php?f=11&t=1056 2005-08-23T16:13:22+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1056&p=11229#p11229 <![CDATA[RE: Rod Piazza's Honey]]> Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Tue Aug 23, 2005 4:13 pm


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2005-08-23T13:47:03+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1056&p=11228#p11228 <![CDATA[RE: Rod Piazza's Honey]]> In most of the run of the mill blues bands, you can't hear the left hand and as stated before the bass player has to be just right for that action

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2005-08-22T22:58:09+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1056&p=11227#p11227 <![CDATA[RE: Rod Piazza's Honey]]> Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Mon Aug 22, 2005 10:58 pm


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2005-08-22T15:57:53+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1056&p=11226#p11226 <![CDATA[RE: Rod Piazza's Honey]]> >back when I first saw her in the 80's!!! Thge constant left
>hand for me is an absolute REQUIREMENT to be playhinhg with
>me because it's a HUGE part of playing REAL blues piano, and
>if you listen to all of the old blues piano greats, that's a
>TRADEMARK of the sound. As far as I'm concerned, if any
>piano player hasn't got a left hand happening, they're gonna
>be totally useless for me and Honey epitomizes the classic
>blues piano player with the powerful left hand. Believe me,
>piano players without a real lefthand are a dime a dozen.

Amen -- I think my first enthusiastic post didn't make it up here (or may appear later), but Honey is *the* blues player. The only certifiable player I have on record (among the quasi-newer generation) who is worth really closely listening to. Everyone else, except for the real legends, it's easy to hear what they're doing from a first listen, but she's playing full-on boogie and shuffle even during the full-band arrangements. People like Chuck Leavell and Dr. John are really the people I'd want to count in her circle -- but she's better than these guys at doing what she does.

But, let's be fair -- I'd *love* to play my LH on *every single tune*. Usually it's not up to the piano player to decide how much LH they can use. Bass players who don't understand the music usually complain, for one, or if you're at some random jam on a little 76-key toy you just won't be playing that LH period. Certain styles of music don't work well with that full-on boogie/shuffle bass, so it can be an asset to do the Lloyd Glenn/Ray Charles thing.

I'm a full-on two-fister, when I'm just playing for me or in a good band, but it's a really special kind of band when you *can* play in the natural blues style. Thankfully Honey Piazza has the *awesome* chops *and* a really great bassist to be able to play the proper blues. I don't know a single other so-called "hot" blues piano player who does what she does -- let's hope she can make an album showcasing her piano one of these days.

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2005-08-22T03:44:53+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1056&p=11225#p11225 <![CDATA[RE: Rod Piazza's Honey]]>
Honey is another matter. She is a piano monster and most of it is because of her strong left hand but she also has that lethal combination with the right. IMO she smokes a lot of current men players who are thought to be current blues piano masters.

http://www.DocWilliamson.com

"I chose to sing the blues." Ray Charles

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2005-08-21T12:04:28+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1056&p=11224#p11224 <![CDATA[RE: Rod Piazza's Honey]]> Statistics: Posted by barbequebob — Sun Aug 21, 2005 12:04 pm


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2005-08-21T09:20:28+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1056&p=11223#p11223 <![CDATA[Rod Piazza's Honey]]> Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Sun Aug 21, 2005 9:20 am


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