unquestionably one of the most important keyboard players of the past half century, emerson first made his reputation in the 1960s, with the nice, before going on to co-found the celebrated elP. subsequently, he showed enormous versatility as a solo musician, and also in collaboration with others as well as composing movie soundrack music.
His effortless ability to move from rock to jazz and classical motifs helped to inform a spectacular and unrivalled approach to his art. emerson was as capable of introspection as well as flamboyance, and he brought a keen sense of showmanship to performances, yet this never overshadowed his mastery of the keys, in particular the Hammond organ. His death in march 2016 robbed the world of a visionary.
You say: “for me, Keith emerson was the taproot that fed and supported all the others who followed. He pushed the boundaries, was amazingly creative and filled huge spaces with awesome dexterity and minimal gear.”