Top Three Musicians Each Instrument?

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  1. skibob

    skibob Out on the slopes Skier

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    A great description also of Kenny Aronoff.
     
  2. tch

    tch Huh? Skier

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    Since we're offering up evidence/entertainment:

     
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  3. Lorenzzo

    Lorenzzo Snow Skier Skier

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    I've been streaming up a storm off the mentions in this thread. Thanks everyone. While there are some that get obvious nods as among the greats, the next tier is awesome as well. Among those it's hard to separate style from accomplishment.
     
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    Funny how genre constraints are assumed... or something. Great guitarists. No one mentioned Julian Bream, Sharon Isbin, or Christopher Parkening. Or, for that matter, Django or Les Montgomery. Just saying ... not to take anything away from the many greats already mentioned. Great to hear from the Doc Watson fans.
     
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  6. Dave Petersen

    Dave Petersen Graphic Designer/Vintage Gear Historian Industry Insider

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    I like Steve Harris from Iron Maiden on bass:
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    ...and flea
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    and Mike Dirnt
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    Guitar:
    Vernon Reid
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    Johnny Ramone
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    Joe Strummer
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    Drums:
    Tre Cool
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    Dave Grohl
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    Steven Adler
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  7. skibob

    skibob Out on the slopes Skier

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    I think I mentioned Django. Or I only thought it. Regardless, spot on.
     
  8. Philpug

    Philpug So much better than a pro Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    This all comes down to the era of music we like. I am not an afficianado by any means but this is who I like:

    Guitar:
    Steve Howe
    Brian May
    Jimi Hendrix
    All were so distinct on their playing that you knew it could only be them

    Drums:
    John Bonham
    Carl Palmer
    Phil Collins

    Keyboard/Vocal/Writers
    Elton John
    Bill Joel
    (But the early years when both were angry.)
    Paul McCartney

    Best backup bands:
    Anyone who played with Steely Dan, When get a chance watch Classic Albums Steely Dan - Aja.
    The Blues Brother Band, amazing studio musicians.
     
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  9. rpk4dotcom

    rpk4dotcom More Retro memories???? Skier

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    I have officially thought about this for way too long and have realized I may never have an answer.
     
  10. Jim Kenney

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    Such a subjective area and since I'm just a listener, not a musician, I feel like a novice skier being asked to rank the world's most challenging ski areas. From my baby boomer perspective, Lorenzzo's nominations look pretty good.
    As a person who lived through the Jimi Hendrix era, I gotta say he was really special. Probably surpassed technically by Stevie Ray Vaughn and many others since in the blues/rock genre, but Hendrix was an innovator - so different from the bubble gum music that preceded him - and given more time, who knows where he would have gone. From what I know he picked up the guitar fairly late, age 15 or 16, and developed the skills the world knew him for in just a few years using a freak-of-nature, left handed, upside down technique. What he brought to electric guitar playing with distortion, amplification, feedback, speed and sheer volume was unlike anything before in pop music - a psychedelic paradigm shift:)
    Good 2013 PBS documentary about him:
     
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  11. agreen

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    I'm late to the party but can we include vocals to the discussion?
    Robert Plant, I know I know a little cliche
    Steve Tyler
    Bono, favorite would be the song Bad
     
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    rpk4dotcom More Retro memories???? Skier

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    Just found myself thinking about it again...
     
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    Guitar is difficult, there have been many great guitarists and then you have various disciplines, genres and tastes but I would put Michael Hedges on the list. Not as well known but an amazing guitarist whose time ended to soon.
     
  14. crgildart

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    Ya, Earl Klugh and Al Di Meola belong on a lot of best guitar lists as well. I went for "fun to watch" and pleasant to listen to as a main descriptor, perhaps weighted even a bit heavier than OMG unbelievable technical chops and speed. I've seen Ingvie live in a smaller club. Dazzling and amazing.. but not as fun for me to watch or listen to as my top 3 personally.

    I like that MWPete mentioned Trey Cool. As a drummer primarily, he doesn't do anything way out of my wheelhouse but he does it FASTER with a way tighter pocket than I've ever had. Super fun to watch and listen to all around kick ass punk drummer.
     
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  15. Crank

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    I go for musicality over technical ability any day. I have been playing guitar for about 50 years and have gotten to be fairly decent. Of the top 3 guitarists I am listing 2 have been major influences in my playing and the last one is too young to have influenced me much but has taught me some slide techniques.

    Guitar:

    Eric Clapton
    Jerry Garcia
    Derek Trucks

    Bass:

    Flea
    Oteil Burbridge, Allman Bros. Dead and Company, incredible player.
    Either John Paul Jones or Paul Mcartney

    Keys:
    Chuck Leavell, played with Allman Bros, Clapton, Stones
    Jeff Chimenti, From the Dead family and arguably the best musician on the stage in any of their recent configs.
    George WInston

    Drums:
    John Bonham
    Stewart Copeland
    Kieth Moon, possibly more for his out sized personality than his drumming. Saw an interview with Pete Townsend where he claimed to hate Kieth's drumming because he was so all over the place and thus it fell to Pete to keep a steady rhythm on guitar. That said, Pete Townsend has been said to have the best right hand in rock guitar which is, in many ways a percussion instrument.

    I know nothing about horn players other than loving Miles Davis and John Coltrane.
     
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    More worms...
     
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    I think this old guy playing with Jeff Beck at least deserves an honorable mention. After all, there is a guitar design named after him and he has a street named after him in his home town.


    BTW, Glen Campbell was a pretty good studio musician and played back up for a lot of people.
     
  18. surfsnowgirl

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    Here's another vote for Flea for bass. I love the late Randy Rhodes on guitar with Kirk Hammet for second. Neal Pert for drums with an honorable mention to the late Eric Carr. No keyboardist comes to mind. I'll pick Josh Todd (lead singer buckcherry) for vocals. Musically his voice isn't the best in the biz but he hits all the notes and is the perfect guy for buckcherrys songs. Besides he's one hell of a frontman so a show with them is never boring. Backup choice would be David Draiman, frontman and lead singer for Disturbed.

    Ask me tomorrow and my answers could be different.
     
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  19. snofun3

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    Hate to say this, but Phil was almost right.

    Guitar- Steve Howe - Always underrated. Yes 1-2-3. OMG
    Jimmy Page. C'mon, that's the right answer.
    #3 - So hard between SRV and Jimi - so very, very hard.

    Drums
    John Bonham- Simple
    Keith Moon - I mean is there REALLY any question?
    Carl Palmer - I saw ELP in 1974. Religious experience. Welcome back my friends.

    Keyboards -
    Rick Wakeman
    Garth Hudson - If you're confused, listen to "the last waltz"
    Keith Emerson. Again, so simple.

    Vocals
    Robert Plant. If you're confused, listen to LZ 1,2,3 ++++
    Steve Perry - I'm not a big Journey fan, but the boy can sing.

    To Bill Talbot - I grew up in New Haven and went to Toads place all the time. Can't remember how many times I saw NRBQ. Such a terribly underrated band.
     
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    Any room here for a jazz fan? I can't say who is "best" but I can say who I like best.

    Sax:
    Charlie Parker ("Bird")
    John Coltrane
    Branford Marsalis

    Trumpet:
    Wynton Marsalis
    Louis Armstrong
    Miles Davis

    Tombone:
    J.J. Johnson
    Frank Rosolino
    Carl Fontana

    Piano:
    Oscar Peterson
    Thelonious Monk
    Art Tatum

    Bass:
    Stanley Clarke
    Jaco Pastorious
    Victor Wooten (this was the most difficult category for me)

    Drums:
    Art Blakey
    Jack DeJonette
    Mel Lewis
     

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