Tickling the Ivory
November 13, 2008 4:57 AM   Subscribe

Who are the keyboard players who are really wowing you these days? I'm looking to enhance my listening pleasure. Any style or genre is fine.

Audio or video samples would be even better. Thanks for your help.
posted by netbros to Media & Arts (17 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
He's a character (in more ways than one, probably), but Ronald Jenkees fascinates me, regardless of the eccentricity, feigned or otherwise.
posted by empyrean at 5:12 AM on November 13, 2008

posted by box at 6:04 AM on November 13, 2008

Self-promo (i work for his label), but... Eldar.
posted by softlord at 6:18 AM on November 13, 2008

Johnny Hahn is an amazing piano player. He does instrumental and political-comedy songs.
posted by nomisxid at 7:43 AM on November 13, 2008

Brad Mehldau
posted by rhizome at 8:17 AM on November 13, 2008

Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater.
posted by digitaldraco at 9:02 AM on November 13, 2008

John Medeski
posted by Roach at 10:08 AM on November 13, 2008

Call me a little square, but I went to a Ricky Skaggs/Bruce Hornsby concert last month and was pretty much blown away by piano bluegrass. Bruce Hornsby has some serious chops.
posted by Madamina at 10:11 AM on November 13, 2008

Steve Molitz of Particle.
posted by Argenteus at 10:24 AM on November 13, 2008

Adrian Duke
+1 John Medeski
posted by emelenjr at 10:28 AM on November 13, 2008

Marco Benevento.
posted by box at 10:47 AM on November 13, 2008

Saw Joe Jackson play recently, and really enjoyed it.
posted by and for no one at 10:50 AM on November 13, 2008

Matthew Shipp
Jason Moran
Ethan Iverson

these are all jazz musicians
posted by caddis at 11:16 AM on November 13, 2008

Jukebox the Ghost
posted by General Malaise at 12:06 PM on November 13, 2008

Esbjörn Svensson (who tragically died in a SCUBA accident this past June). In this link, he's playing with the two other guys who make up the aptly-named Esbjörn Svensson Trio.

Ethan Iverson (playing with his band The Bad Plus.)

Also, you might want to check out the Avishai Cohen Trio. Cohen is a phenomenal Israeli jazz bassist; his piano player is Shae Maestro. Here's a poor recording of a very technical and expressive song.
posted by hpliferaft at 9:45 PM on November 13, 2008

Response by poster: Thanks to all for sharing your favorite keyboardists.
posted by netbros at 1:23 PM on November 15, 2008

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