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Instances: synthesizer - piano - moog - rhodes

Musicians: Jackie Mittoo, Stanley Cowell, Lonnie Liston Smith, Dexter Wansel, Wally Badarou, Brian Auger, Masabumi Kikuchi, Ansell Collins, Bernie Worrell Arthur Baker


A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. The most important of these is the piano, which is used in nearly all forms of western music. Other widely used keyboard instruments include various types of organs as well as electromechanical and electronic instruments. In common language, it is mostly used to refer to keyboard-style synthesizers. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keyboard_instrument [Mar 2006]

Cool Keys Site

Site spotlight: The Cool Keys site was created to celebrate the unique sound of the electric piano, an instrument capable of being smooth and mellow, hard and funky, or anywhere in-between. The two most famous makes are Fender Rhodes and Wurlitzer. The Fender Rhodes' most influential era was probably the 1970's when it helped define the sound of jazz-funk and jazz-fusion, as well as finding favour with soul, funk and disco artists. It rapidly became an essential component of urban music. The Wurlitzer enjoyed great success from the early 1960's onwards finding itself popular with rock and pop bands. Affectionately known as the Rhodes and the Wurlie, their use lessened during 1980's, but with the emergance of acid-jazz, hip-hop, garage etc. which look to the past for inspiration, the sound has become cool once more. The Cool Keys site features infomation on records and artists that use electric pianos, and links to other relevant sites.


  1. Mark's Keyboard Repair (1995) - Money Mark [Amazon US] [FR] [DE] [UK]
    Mark Ramos Nishita has a riff or two for every season, which makes Mark's Keyboard Repair, his 30-song, 63-minute solo debut, stocked with enough organ-fueled flavor to get us through at least the next couple decades. Taking time off from his day job as the fourth Beastie Boy, keyman Money Mark has been hanging down in the basement, surrounded by his well-worn and strictly analog Moog, Fender Rhodes, D6 Clavinet, and Hammond organ--and even an old yardsale guitar--setting new standards for the art of noodling. Keyboard Repair is a lo-fi feast of hot licks that conjures Herbie Hancock, Bernie Worrell, Billy Preston, Augustus Pablo, and Gil Scott Heron in an ultraloose swirl that includes nods to '60s breeze pop and acid rock, 70s porn funk and R&B, Santana's Latin groove, art rock, ska, Beasties' hip-hop, and enough action-packed instrumentals to rewrite the theme songs of every cheesy detective show that ever aired. --Roni Sarig for Amazon.com

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