The Absolute Best Piano Player

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The Absolute Best Piano Player

Postby chick french » Fri Oct 10, 2003 12:55 am

Drum Roll, Please>>>>>>>>>>>Otis Spann= The Best!!

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RE: The Absolute Best Piano Player

Postby jellyroll baker » Fri Oct 10, 2003 8:57 am

This going to be a really boring thread. 1000 voices, all in agreement.

Yup, Otis Spann. I've been listening to a lot of him lately. Pure brilliance.
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RE: The Absolute Best Piano Player

Postby chick french » Fri Oct 10, 2003 11:09 am

I'd Love To Teach The World To Sing In Perfect Harmony. All together now. Give Me a "O"T"I"S"

Yeah, but my post on greatest guitar sound ever will stir it up some.

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RE: The Absolute Best Piano Player

Postby rustyslide » Fri Oct 10, 2003 3:02 pm

You didn't limit this to blues, so I'd like to put Oscar Peterson forward, as being able to tickle the ivories with a modicum of skill.

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RE: The Absolute Best Piano Player

Postby okeh 8109 » Fri Oct 10, 2003 8:00 pm

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Oct-10-03 AT 04:07 PM (EST)]First off, I don't believe in "bests" or "greatests" since everyone has their own style. That said, some artists are clearly in a league of their own and when it comes to the piano, Art Tatum intimidated everyone!

When it comes to strict boogie woogie, Pete Johnson, Albert Ammons and Meade Lux Lewis were the cats.

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RE: The Absolute Best Piano Player

Postby blueswriter » Fri Oct 10, 2003 8:38 pm

"First off, I don't believe in "bests" or "greatests" since everyone has their own style. That said, some artists are clearly in a league of their own and when it comes to the piano..."

True, but Otis Spann took blues piano to places no other had before, and even fewer have managed to take it since!:o

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RE: The Absolute Best Piano Player

Postby okeh 8109 » Fri Oct 10, 2003 11:40 pm

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Oct-10-03 AT 07:41 PM (EST)]Otis Spann took blues piano to places no other had
before, and even fewer have managed to take it since!:o

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RE: The Absolute Best Piano Player

Postby bosco » Sun Oct 12, 2003 2:27 pm

Otis is the champ, there is no dispute.

I would like to toss in a honorable mention nod to Charles Brown though. Although jazz inspired California blues was his forte, there isn't enough O's in smooth to describe his laid back style.

Charles 1994 Verve release, "These Blues" is till considered by many to be the quintessential late night piano blues album. Just can't be beat for a 3:00 A.M. blues fix.

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RE: The Absolute Best Piano Player

Postby barbequebob » Sun Oct 12, 2003 2:48 pm

Otis Spann has no arguement from me, although I remember reading a quote from him saying he thought that Little Johnny Jones was better (neither of those two guys are slouches by any means), but also for the West Coast sound, I'd also add in Lloyd Glenn, and for the boogie woogie/jump sounds Albert Ammons and Pete Johnson.
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RE: The Absolute Best Piano Player

Postby hardluckchild » Mon Oct 13, 2003 2:34 am

While Otis Spann is probably my favorite blues pianist, Johnnie Johnson, Chuck Berry's pianist, could play some incredible music and he pretty much defined rock 'n' roll piano, though some would argue he was mostly playing more of a boogie woogie. Pete Johnson, who played with Big Joe Turner, is incredible, most notably in songs like "Piney Brown Blues" and "Roll 'Em Pete." I'm not sure who played piano in Louis Jordan's Tympani Five, but he was one excellent musician!
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