Who are the musician's musicians?

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  1. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven

    Bill Monroe, Roy Clark, Floyd Cramer, Boots Randolph, Keith Green (his piano playing was top notch), Michael W. Smith is a singer-songwriter but his piano playing is top notch as well.
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  2. SF Georgie

    SF Georgie Forum Resident

    Tom Scott
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  3. SixtiesGuy

    SixtiesGuy Ministry of Love

    Let us not overlook the Funk Brothers. All of them. Outstanding.
  4. Musicians who may not have had it all together sufficiently to be big commercial successes, but who had a special talent or uniqueness that other musicians can learn from. A classic example to me would be The Shaggs.
  5. slideroni

    slideroni Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    pez Forum Resident

  7. tremspeed

    tremspeed Well-Known Member

    Los Angeles, CA
    That's a good one. I never saw them with Swope but did with Weston, and though subtle it was a cool addition to a rock band.

    A couple more I can think of:

    I've never seen them live but Geoff Barrow of Portishead apparently does mainly record scratching live, of acetates they've cut of their own tracks/instruments, etc. I think that would qualify.

    And M. Frog, who was kind of a Brian Eno type (I think he used the same EMS synthesizers as well) for Todd Rundgren for awhile.
  8. Django

    Django Forum Resident

    Dublin, Ireland
    Guthrie Govan
  9. GodShifter

    GodShifter Forum Member

    Dallas, TX, USA
    You see these "sound manipulators" a lot in post rock and post metal bands like Isis and Minsk or even Mogwai (post rock). Even the touring version of Wovenhand has a guy like that. The Black Angels did, too (she quit or got the boot).

    It provides cool atmosphere but you're right: they're aren't that many bands that have someone like that.
  10. Wounded Land

    Wounded Land Forum Resident

    There was an issue of Guitar Player magazine back in the '90s that posed this very question. I seem to remember Jeff Beck and Richard Thompson getting mentioned (both deservedly so).
  11. AlexDelarge

    AlexDelarge Forum Resident

    5 pages in and no word of Austin Texas guitarist who was influenced by so many listed here and plays all styles of music? A true virtuoso of the guitar and true musicians's musician..............
  12. GodShifter

    GodShifter Forum Member

    Dallas, TX, USA
    I mentioned Roscoe Beck. Doesn't that count a little? ;)
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    Bill Frisell
  14. segue

    segue Senior Abstract Member

    The great guitarist Louie Shelton. Originator of hundreds of classic licks and killer tone.

    Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, The Monkees, John Lennon, Simon and Garfunkel, The Mamas & the Papas, Stevie Wonder, Boz Scaggs, Gladys Knight & the Pips, The , Neil Diamond, Barbra Streisand, The Carpenters, Glen Campbell, Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Joe Cocker, Kenny Rogers, Henry Mancini, Dave Grusin, Quincy Jones, Lalo Schifrin and many others...
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  15. The Panda

    The Panda Forum Mutant

    Marple, PA, USA
    Elliot Randall
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  16. littleugly

    littleugly Well-Known Member

    Toronto, Ontario
    Frank Blair & John Khaleefa
    T.J. Tindall (Who just Passed)
    David Lindley
    Kenny Buttrey
    Wayne Moss
    Clarence White
  17. Fullbug

    Fullbug Forum Resident

    He was in the Stones' Rock and Roll Circus, I realized the other day.
  18. Naughty Chord

    Naughty Chord Hole in my Socrates

    Sub-Tropo Texas
    Today? Blake Mills.
  19. tommy-thewho

    tommy-thewho Forum Resident

    detroit, mi
    What about any of the Ventures players?

    All seemed very talented to me.
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  20. Naughty Chord

    Naughty Chord Hole in my Socrates

    Sub-Tropo Texas
    The very definition of "musician's musician". :righton:
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  21. overdrivethree

    overdrivethree Forum Resident

    This past Halloween, I played in a Queen tribute set. Everyone I played with in that set, I considered "musician's musicians." A blast to play with, a kick in the pants ("man, I want to play better now") and all pulled it together quickly. I won't say it was "effortless" because this is Queen we're talking about, but it was a heck of a group of people to do it with.
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  22. Gasman1003

    Gasman1003 Forum Diplomat.

    Liverpool, England
    Great thread, of course the answer is:

    John Martyn.
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  23. PROG U.K.

    PROG U.K. Audiophile-Anglophile

    New England
    Matt Bissonette
    Steve Gadd
    Jeff Porcaro
    Richard Bennett
    Ian Thomas
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  24. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven

    Merle Travis
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  25. Django

    Django Forum Resident

    Dublin, Ireland
    Tommy Emmanuel
    Shawn Lane
    Jaco pastorius
    Allan Holdsworth
    Adrian Legg
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