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

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    Jelly, me, and I'll get back to you on the third one ...

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    Just to suggest three that aren't on John's list, and are always near the top for me for repeated listening:

    Nat Cole
    Kenny Barron
    Emil Viklicki

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    Quote Originally Posted by John L View Post
    On Tatum - I agree that there was no greater jazz pianist in any objective sense. But this thread is about personal favorites.
    Where possible, ask all the favorite pianists listed in this thread who their favorite is. (In many cases you'll have to employ a medium.) Guess who'd prevail hands down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Stevens View Post
    Where possible, ask all the favorite pianists listed in this thread who their favorite is. (In many cases you'll have to employ a medium.) Guess who'd prevail hands down.
    You are probably right, although I bet that Bud Powell and Bill Evans would still get quite a few votes.

    I heard that Randy Weston starts every morning of every day with an Art Tatum recording.

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    Pianist Harold Mabern, on pianists feeling like they've accomplished everything they need to: "There's always Art Tatum records"
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    No ladies favored here. Marian, Mary Lou, Dianal, Roberta, Mcrae, Sarah, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Stevens View Post
    No ladies favored here. Marian, Mary Lou, Dianal, Roberta, Mcrae, Sarah, etc.
    Well I have changed my third name a lot since I wasn't sure who to pick as third. The first one I had added is really a favourite pianist of mine but he isn't a jazz pianist. His name is Eric van der Wurff, he's a songwriter too. He wrote a lot for my favourite singer Herman van Veen. (not jazz either).
    After Eric I thought of Eliane Elias but she does vocals too so I decided not to add her. You are right the ladies can use some support here. Another lady pianist-vocalist is Heleen Schuttevaer, not famous but wonderful. She's not in my top 3 though. I thought of Abdullah Ibrahim and later I decided to add Adam Platt because I love the album he did with Kelly Roberti called Embrace.
    Lists are really hard especially when you can only name a few.
    I do stand for my list though. I love the music of those 3 men!

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    I like Mehldau, Parks, Iverson and them new dudes

    also like bud powell, hank jones and em bebop types.

    mcycoy tyner, tatum. My mom. Bill Jarrett and Keith Evans.

    mere names...

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    I'm actually looking forward to seeing Gerald Clayton next week in Riga. If I was to make my Top 3 young pianists from the present day, he would definitely be on that list.

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    How could I have left off Vince Guaraldi?

    One of the happiest players ever.....

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    I am surprised that Ray Bryant's name does not come on the board very often...He made a beautiful recording some years back, "Slow Freight".....a classic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vic J View Post
    I am surprised that Ray Bryant's name does not come on the board very often...He made a beautiful recording some years back, "Slow Freight".....a classic.
    I included Ray Bryant on my list of pianists emeritus. He's one musician I would sincerely love to hear in person. I don't know if he is still performing or not. He has several great recordings available and the DVD of his concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival is definitely fun. I was amazed to learn that "The Madison Time", popularized in the John Waters film Hairspray, was a Ray Bryant recording.
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    Hank Jones and Don Pullen. The third spot is open.
    When I grow up, I want to be like Roy Haynes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robbo View Post
    How could I have left off Vince Guaraldi?

    One of the happiest players ever.....
    Guaraldi is great. I've been listening to his stuff since I was a little tike and not even knowing it. I especially like "Skating" (from Peanuts) but he can also hang well with the standards...

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    Chick Corea
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