No. 1

Prog - - Intro - – Bar­bara Gray

KEITH EMER­SON

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.”

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