Baja marimba player, violin or piano virtuoso, slack key guitarist, or turntablist? Name the one instrumentalist you most admire.
So many, but I'd have to say Trent Reznor. The most influential person in music in the last 20 years. Other contenders include Jaco Pastorius and Victor Wooten.
Ian McDonald. King Crimson. In the Court of the Crimson King says it all and he plays almost all the instruments.
Mattias "IA" Eklundh
Steve Harris—the bass player from Iron Maiden. He plays like no one else, along with being a great songwriter.
Admire is certainly the wrong word for what I think of Jimi Hendrix, Keith Moon, and Miles Davis—but they are the instrumentalists whose work I most enjoy hearing.
I give the nod to bassist extraordinaire, Danny Partridge (especially his work on "I think I love You") over tambourinist Davey Jones.
Drums. Not the typical audiophile response I'm sure, but rhythm is what attracts me to music. Being in the zone with a good drummer takes me to another level.
Nels Cline on guitar.
James Jamerson—his bass lines are the foundation of the electric bass guitar in modern music.
Artur Rubinstein. I heard him live in concert and just love his recordings of Chopin and Brahms.
Johnny Otis on the vibraphones, and drums on the other occasions.
No contest: pipe organist.
It's really impossible for me to single out one. In jazz that would be, Columbia-era Ellington drummer Sam Woodyard; in classical music, baroque violinist Giuliano Carmignola; in pop/rock, guitarists Larry Campbell and Charlie Sexton (they really do play and sound like a single being IMHO) in Dylan's Love and Theft-era band.
Ralph Towner&$#151;piano & guitar.
The guitar, but the bass is coming up strong after listening to Jaco!
I don't know about admire, but I can't live without the drum.
Maurice Andre, trumpet.
My long time friend and mentor, the great Stan Getz.
Michael Murray, organist.
One? How limiting. You have to be kidding.
Billy Cobham. Invented fusion drumming.
None, there are a lot of great ones.
Hank Marvin, the lead guitarist of the Shadows.