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    I'd like to hear who people consider their favorite 3 jazz pianists.

    Mine are:
    1) Chick Corea
    2) Bill Evans
    3) Keith Jarrett

    thanks for any input...

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    Haha, well...that changes every day.

    I'm gonna have to do 10 though.

    In no particular order:
    Herbie Hancock
    Keith Jarrett
    Hank jones
    Brad Mehldau
    Kenny Drew
    Mulgrew Miller
    Mccoy Tyner
    John Taylor
    Wynton Kelly
    Bill Evans

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    Can't be only three.

    Tatum, Evans, Garner, Monk. That about covers it.

    Anyone whose list doesn't begin with Tatum is obviously not a pianist.
    Anyone whose list doesn't even include Tatum doesn't get it.
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    Today it's Bill Evans, Michel Petrucciani and McCoy Tyner.
    Tomorrow - who knows?

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    Most often (I think) I listen to Oscar Peterson, Thelonious Monk & Kenny Kirkland cause I love them so much...

    OMG! Is my list without Tatum??

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    Yikes, just three? Not possible. personal faves that I listen to time and again:
    1. Andrew Hill
    2. Mccoy Tyner
    3. Bill Evans
    4. Joe Zawinul
    5. Jon Balke
    6. Marilyn Crispell
    7. Stefano Battaglia
    8. Stefano Bollani
    9. Bobo Stenson
    10. Hal Galper
    11. Esbjorn Svensson
    12. Keith Jarrett
    13. Chick Corea
    14. Herbie Hancock
    15. Brad Mehldau
    16. Helge Lien
    17. Morten Qvenild / In the Country specifically
    18. John Taylor
    19. Gwilym Simcock
    20. Lyle Mays
    21. Bugge Wesseltoft
    22. Ralph Towner
    23. Marcin Wasilweski
    24. Rainer Bruninghaus
    25. Edward Simon
    26. Marc Copland
    27. Bill Carrothers
    28. Don Grolnick (what a loss!)
    29. Craig Taborn
    30. Uri Caine
    31. Thelonious Monk
    32. Andreas Ulvo
    33. Richie Beirach
    34. Mulgrew Miller
    35. Mike Nock
    36. Yaron Herman
    37. Enrico Pieranunzi
    38. Christian Wallumrod
    39. Paul Bley
    40. Havard Wiik
    41. Egberto Gismonti
    42. Jan Johansson
    43. Nik Bartsch
    44. Ketil Bjornstad
    45. Steve Kuhn
    46. Tord Gustavsen (Sorry, DSS!!!)
    47. Larry Goldings
    48. Gary Versace


    Are you sure you didn't want three hundred pianists?
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    Hank Jones
    Dodo Marmarosa
    Oscar peterson

    and Monk as an alternate
    Keep the Blue Flame Burning

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    Here's what I came up with. Twelve of my all-time favorites:
    - Richie Beirach
    - Alan Broadbent
    - Duke Ellington
    - Erroll Garner
    - Sir Roland Hanna
    - James P. Johnson
    - Keith Jarrett
    - Steve Kuhn
    - John Lewis
    - Mal Waldron
    - Jimmy Rowles
    - Cedar Walton

    And two recent "discoveries" that are on their way to becoming favorites:
    - Martial Solal
    - Joachim Kühn
    Last edited by HutchFan; June 16th, 2010 at 01:58 PM. Reason: Forgot Jimmy Rowles!
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    I guess I "don't get it". Art Tatum would never be on my list of favorite pianists. That doesn't mean he wasn't one of the greatest -- if not the greatest -- jazz piano players of all time. There's just too much going on in his playing and for me as a listener, it's really exhausting. I can only listen to him for a few songs at a time.

    Favorite 3 living pianists:

    Keith Jarrett
    Jessica Williams
    Chucho Valdes

    (runners up: George Cables, Don Friedman, Fred Hersch)

    Favorite 3 deceased pianists

    Earl Hines
    Oscar Peterson
    Erroll Garner

    (runners up: Art Hodes, Teddy Wilson, Fats Waller) (on second thought, scratch Art Hodes -- much as I love his blues playing -- and add Mary Lou Williams who was, I feel, underapprecaited during her life and who remains so today)

    Favorite 3 pianists emeritus (musicians who are still around, but who are no longer exactly at their peak):

    Dave Brubeck
    McCoy Tyner
    Ray Bryant

    (runners up: Marian McPartland, Horace Silver, Billy Taylor)
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    Quote Originally Posted by duaneiac View Post
    I guess I "don't get it". Art Tatum would never be on my list of favorite pianists. That doesn't mean he wasn't one of the greatest -- if not the greatest -- jazz piano players of all time. There's just too much going on in his playing and for me as a listener, it's really exhausting. I can only listen to him for a few songs at a time.
    Well put!

    This thread is about "favorites" -- not most important, greatest, etc., etc.
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    "Anyone whose list doesn't begin with Tatum is obviously not a pianist.
    Anyone whose list doesn't even include Tatum doesn't get it."



    I'm not a pianist and I wouldn't even remotely consider Art Tatum to be anywhere near my top favorite pianists so apparently I'm deficient in some respect. How DARE I?

    If your top three aren't the same as my top three you don't deserve to live. Actually, I don't really care, everyone's got their favorites for whatever reason.

    Mine at the moment would be:

    1. Bill Evans
    2. Nat King Cole
    3. Cecilia Coleman

    A while ago it might have been Bobby Timmons, Horace Parlan and Hampton Hawes. When I'm in an ECM mood, Marcin Wasilewski and Tord Gustavsen

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    Bud Powell.
    Hampton Hawes.

    The third is a bit tougher. I'll say:
    James P Johnson

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    It kind of makes it interesting, being put on the spot and limited to only three...

    first two are easy:

    1: Thelonious Monk
    2: Keith Jarrett

    The first jazz record i ever bought was Monk's Dream, literary a decade or so before i started listening to jazz regularly. Out of all the numerous artists that have taken a long time for me to truly 'get' Monk has easily taken me the longest, but has also easily been the most rewarding.

    Third is harder... i want to say Chick Corea, but i consider him a historic favourite as i dont really listen to his catalogue at large that much now, apart from the odd nostalgia trip... maybe Bill Evans or Cecil Taylor? I have and love a lot of their records, but not really listening to them a lot at the moment either. The thing is, i have a list a mile long of pianists who i have just a few albums but those albums are knockouts. Muhal Richard Abrams' Sightsong for example, or Martial Solal's Longitude... damn Andrew Hill of course! Schlippenbach! Herbie! McCoy! All time top three favourite though? Hmmmm...

    Ah screw it...

    3: Chick Corea (if only for Now He Sings... my favourite piano trio album of all time)

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    When it's only three that makes it kind of weird.

    Thelonious Monk, naturally.
    I like Lennie Tristano very much.
    Elmo Hope, he needs to be up there.
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    Recent Three

    Favorites list can't be pared down to three. How 'bout recent faves, what been spinning lately:

    Denny Zeitlin
    Bill Carrothers
    Jessica Williams
    Greg Reitan

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