Name the one instrumentalist you most admire.

Name the one instrumentalist you most admire.
That would be
91% (29 votes)
Don't have one
9% (3 votes)
Total votes: 32

Baja marimba player, violin or piano virtuoso, slack key guitarist, or turntablist? Name the one instrumentalist you most admire.

Logan's picture

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.

John M.'s picture

Ian McDonald. King Crimson. In the Court of the Crimson King says it all and he plays almost all the instruments.

Stephen's picture

Mattias "IA" Eklundh

Matt's picture

Steve Harris—the bass player from Iron Maiden. He plays like no one else, along with being a great songwriter.

DG's picture

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.

Pino Di Matteo's picture

George Harrison

Nick's picture

I give the nod to bassist extraordinaire, Danny Partridge (especially his work on "I think I love You") over tambourinist Davey Jones.

Tim K's picture

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.

Toussaint's picture

Nels Cline on guitar.

ACF's picture

James Jamerson—his bass lines are the foundation of the electric bass guitar in modern music.

John Blackwater's picture

Artur Rubinstein. I heard him live in concert and just love his recordings of Chopin and Brahms.

DCC's picture

Gustav Leonhardt

John Freeman's picture

Johnny Otis on the vibraphones, and drums on the other occasions.

Dismord's picture

No contest: pipe organist.

Francisco's picture

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.

cazz's picture

Ralph Towner&$#151;piano & guitar.

Sherwood's picture

The guitar, but the bass is coming up strong after listening to Jaco!

Eric Shook - Pittsboro, NC's picture

I don't know about admire, but I can't live without the drum.

John Rau's picture

Piano virtuoso.

Jason Flute's picture

The pianist.

Bill Hancock's picture

Jimi Hendrix

Dave's picture

Maurice Andre, trumpet.

D.A.B., Pacific Palisades, CA.'s picture

My long time friend and mentor, the great Stan Getz.

Perry's picture

Carlos Santana

OvenMaster's picture

Michael Murray, organist.

craig's picture

One? How limiting. You have to be kidding.

Rand Lander's picture

Billy Cobham. Invented fusion drumming.

jim M's picture

None, there are a lot of great ones.

Dr.  Joseph Lee, Toronto, Canad's picture

Hank Marvin, the lead guitarist of the Shadows.