hey all,
  do you guys know any of the names of the top keyboard/piano session players.  i of course know chuck leavell and matt rollins but i don't know any others.  anybody else have any names?
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steve nathan - nashville
in the uk, there's a younger set of people whose names crop up all the time in various bands and recording sessions. people like gary sanctuary, pete adams, neil angilley, jim watson, arden hart, graham harvey, plus many more i can't think of right now. i've seen most of them playing live in small clubs, and they're all excellent all-round players, not just jazz.
back int he day (1980's), some of my favorites were robbie buchannon (listen to his rhodes playing on sergio mendez' never gonna let you go and rainbow's end) and david foster.

also russell ferrante of the yellowjackets played on a lot of pop sessions too.
benmont tench (tom petty, nickel creek) and the late john harris (neil young).
matt rollings is awesome.  his work on clint black's later albums are so tasteful.
i have a matt rolling's cd nathan east and the late great carlos vega playing straight ahead. it has an interestig swing to it.
i have one he did with patitucci & vega - kinda chic-like if i remember correctly...

don't forget about

john jarvis
michael omartian
greg phillinganes
larry williams (also burns on sax - it aint fair!)
  
there are many great studio players out there - start checking the credits on your favorite recordings...you'll start to get a handle on who's who
i always check out the credits. i also listen to some spanish language pop and italian pop and almost all the big name american studio cats play on that stuff.
i'm actually more into studio drummers than i am the piano players - i think listening to them has made me a better piano player

some of my favorites

steve gadd  
jeff porcaro
carlos vega
john robinson
omar hakim
eddie bayers

to name a few...

to name a few
did i say, to name a few? a few times?
omg....how did i leave out vinnie colaiuta??

there are so many great players in the world, it's actuallyhard to remember all of them...
i agree with dr. wack- the drummer really is the fundation of the track in pop- keyboards parts are "ear candy"

vinnie and porcaro are my favorites. greg bissonette is also a fantastic all around drummer
man, steve gadd how many credits does he have alone?  the guy is a workhorse.  but no doubt drummers earn their pay.
yeah...i think steve gadd is my favorite musician on the planet...i could just listen to him play all simple groove, solo, all day long and never get bored....
*play a simple" not play all simple
simply put doc.
it could be argued that the piano is a percussive instrument... or is it a string instrument?
i think it is officially both - according to those more notable than i
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