i've been listening to rock music since the early '70's ... the first song i ever got turned on to was, "it never rains in southern california" by albert hammond ... that should date me!!! anyway, for my money ... the far-and-away, all-time best rock keyboardist has got to be ... TONY BANKS from genesis. i always thought keith emerson was just "too much." and being a bassist, i am a huge chris squire fan ... but again, wakeman seemed too "grandiose" at times. john paul jones wasn't bad ... but it was his second instrument, maybe. and he was sorta jamming, i think ... not really writing parts that would serve as hooks for the songs to build on. for my ears, BANKS is meat-n-potatoes, he has a "pocket" to his playing ... his sound choices are impeccable and always interesting ... always seems to add just exactly what the song needs without being "too artsy." serious musical theory going on there ... hey man ... anybody know how i can get in touch with him to have him play in my band??? what does everybody else think?