#1
Ray Manzerak is in my opinion the greatest organ, piano, keyboard player. Here's why if you ever listen to the doors you know they have no bass player but you still here bass parts. That's because Ray played a smaller organ on top of his regular organ that played all the bass parts. That means that he played some of the most difficult and skillful organ parts with only ONE hand while playing another part and some of those bass parts are fairly difficult. and it wasn't just over recorded because he does it Live too. Can you think off anyone who can match that?
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Ray Manzerak is in my opinion the greatest organ, piano, keyboard player. Here's why if you ever listen to the doors you know they have no bass player but you still here bass parts. That's because Ray played a smaller organ on top of his regular organ that played all the bass parts. That means that he played some of the most difficult and skillful organ parts with only ONE hand while playing another part and some of those bass parts are fairly difficult. and it wasn't just over recorded because he does it Live too. Can you think off anyone who can match that?


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#4
That's not really an incredible skill. I've seen a lot of keyboardists do that, and better ones than Manzerak. Ben Folds, for instance. His piano parts are probably some of the most difficult in popular music, and there are songs where he'll play a synth and the piano at the same time. I saw a video of SRV and Double Trouble where his synth player was doing 2 at the same time. Every church or traditional organist can play a full set of bass pedals and 2 different keyboards at the same time. It's really not that unique or great a skill. Sorry.
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Yeah he's cool. Have you seen his zombie hands on the Love Me Two Times live video on youtube?
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#9
He's certainly not the best keyboardist in rock: there's Rick Wakemen, Kieth Emerson, and Jon Lord.


HOWEVER, he is certainly my favourite. Don't know why, just because the music he made and how it held together basically ever Doors song was amazing.

Second in my mind would be Wakeman, followed by Lord and Emerson.
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^Ok, in that case, I'll take Keith Emerson over any other CR player.
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#12
I'll take Keith Emerson over Ray Manzerak any day. Get a hold of the Trilogy album my Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. Another name to mention would be Art Neville from The Meters.


Not to say that Manzerak was bad (I love the Doors).... but I just can't see him being anywhere near Keith Emerson.
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#19
Jordan Rudess is enough keyboards from age six to three years after death.

But please don't use the word greatest because it implies a sense of universal consensus, even if you made sure to reinforce that is your opinion. There have been, at the very least, tens of thousands of people at the same level and far surpassing people like Manzerak and Rudess, although it's only my rational assumption.
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Jordan Rudess is enough keyboards from age six to three years after death.

But please don't use the word greatest because it implies a sense of universal consensus, even if you made sure to reinforce that is your opinion. There have been, at the very least, tens of thousands of people at the same level and far surpassing people like Manzerak and Rudess, although it's only my rational assumption.


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That's not really an incredible skill. I've seen a lot of keyboardists do that, and better ones than Manzerak. Ben Folds, for instance. His piano parts are probably some of the most difficult in popular music, and there are songs where he'll play a synth and the piano at the same time. I saw a video of SRV and Double Trouble where his synth player was doing 2 at the same time. Every church or traditional organist can play a full set of bass pedals and 2 different keyboards at the same time. It's really not that unique or great a skill. Sorry.

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On the topic of Ray, I love his sound. He's definitely one of my personal favorite organists ever.
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#22
I love Ray's work, but what he does with the bass is hardly different from what keyboardist usually do with their left hand, simply at a lower octave. Also, if you truly want to melt your mind, you have to listen to Oscar Peterson play piano. Whether you enjoy jazz or not, you have to appreciate his speed and ingenuity.
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Also Tony Banks, Patrick Moraz, practically all Prog Rock keyboard players from 70's
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