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gingergenius
well who do you think are the most talented musicians? obviously, they can come from any genre, just as long as they're good with their instrument and innovative.

I'll leave other people to talk about the likes of John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix

Mine (initial thoughts)

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (Mars Volta, solo, At The Drive-In, De Facto etc.)

Cedric Bixler-Zavala (Mars Volta, At The Drive-In, De Facto etc.)

Thom Yorke (Radiohead, solo)

Mike Patton (Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk, Peeping Tom, Faith No More, Fantômas etc.)

Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz, The Good, The Bad & The Queen)

Ali Farka Touré (solo)

Manu Chao (solo, producing)

Wiley (solo, Roll Deep)

Ry Cooder (solo, producing)

Björk (solo)

for now...
TwoFacedTanner
I always thought Glenn Danzig was pretty talented.
Mattay
What a great idea for a topic.

Jimi Hendrix with his incredible song writing and soloing techniques, mixing with a couple different genres in his unfortunately too short career.

Allen Collins (Lead guitarist of Lynyrd Skynyrd 1973-1977): for his notable guitar solos and jams that was a key ingredient to the band's success.

Steve Gaines (Lead/rhythm guitarist of Lynyrd Skynyrd 1975-1977): for his blues-style writings in a southern rock band that just gave it an amazing sound.

Johnny Cash: one of the world's favorites.

Elvis Presley: inspirational rock and roll "king."

B.B. King: with his famous blues licks and solos (The Thrill Is Gone) and his absolutely amazing work with Eric Clapton.

Stevie Ray Vaughan: another Texas originated blues player that could play the blues with a "true passion." Listen to Texas Flood and you'll be blown away.

Jimmy Page: one great song writer and guitar player.

James Hetfield: a great all-around musician.

To name a few others:
Carlos Santana
Ray Charles
Steven Tyler
Buddy Guy
Duane Allman
Ray Orbison
Buddy Holly
Elton John
Hardcore Ottoman
Oren Ambarchi - Electronics; guitar (Sun, Sunn 0))), Burial Chamber Trio, Grave Temple)

James Plotkin - Electronics; bass (Phantomsmasher, Khlyst)

Mike Patton - Singer extraordinaire (Faith No More, Fantomas, Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk, Peeping Tom, etc.)

Bradley Nowell - Singer; guitar (acoustic)

Fat Mike - Bass (no shit... he's pretty good for a punk act)

Dave Witte - Drummer (Discordance Axis, Burnt By the Sun, Phantomsmasher, Melt-Banana, etc.)

Buzz Osborne - Guitar; singer (Melvins and the Fantomas)

Runhild Gammelsaeter - Vokills (no shit) (Thorr's Hammer *Not with one 'r' like two other different bands have*; Khlyst)

Tim Wyskida - Drummer (Khanate, Blind Idiot God)

Alan Dubin - Vokills (Khanate)

Attila Csihar - Hungarian psycho/vokills (Mayhem, Tormentor, Sunn 0))), Burial Chamber Trio, Grave Temple)

Stephen O'Malley - Guitar (KTL, Khanate, Sunn 0))), Grave Temple, Lotus Eaters, Burning Witch, Thorr's Hammer)

Jacob Bannon - Screaming (Converge)
Kamahl
John Petrucci

Steve Vai

Buckethead

Zakk Wylde

Michael Angelo Batio

Joe Satriani
CutThatCity
QUOTE(gingergenius @ Mar 27 2008, 12:52 AM) [snapback]1401686[/snapback]
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (Mars Volta, solo, At The Drive-In, De Facto etc.)

Cedric Bixler-Zavala (Mars Volta, At The Drive-In, De Facto etc.)


Damn right:)
Cool that know you know about defacto etc

Check this monster out:
Thomas Pridgen
youtube video
J-Mi
Damon Albarn, hands down. Hes been a key factor in the revolution of modern and world music. Totally hard working and an interesting fella all the while. Too under-rated.
Screw Loose
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I always thought Glenn Danzig was pretty talented.


AGREED...

hm, i would say:

Karl Sanders

Ralph Santolla

Dave Lombardo

Atmosphere
Handsome B Wonderful
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QUOTE(TwoFacedTanner @ Mar 27 2008, 01:33 AM) [snapback]1401696[/snapback]
I always thought Glenn Danzig was pretty talented.


AGREED...

hm, i would say:

Karl Sanders

Ralph Santolla

Dave Lombardo

Atmosphere

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Go the colonel!

Some of my most talented

Marty Friedman

Garm (Ulver, Ex-Arcturus vocalist)

Randy Rhoads

Alex Skolnick

Chris Squire (Yes Bassist)

Steve DiGiorgio (Bassist for every 2nd metal band

James Murphy

Prince

Terrance Hobbs

Derek "Rowdy" Roddy

Mike Smith

Pete Sandoval

Peter Gabriel

Rick Wakeman

and so on
Screw Loose
I think Prince takes the cake when it comes to talent... Isn't he a master at like 30 different instruments, write (lyrically+musically), perform, produce, and distribute ALL of his OWN music? He is a pure genius if you ask me.
Sofaking8up
Buckethead, he is a awsome guitar player.
Naphthyloxy
John Coltrane
Thelonius Monk
Sun Ra - Sun Ra and
Gary Wilson - Gary Wilson and The Blind Dates
Charles Grocher - Sun City Girls
Can - If you have not heard of and or listen to Can I suggest you do. The music still to this day is impressing people few and far inbetween
Mike Patton
The Residents
Billy Childish
Fuast
Agitation Free
The Raymond Scott Quintette
Kenny Burrell
Erkin Koray
Ennio Morricone
Rashaan Roland Kirk
The Books
Prefuse 73
Kevin Ayers
Phantomsmasher
Mahavishnu Orchestra
Pere Ubu
Os Mutantes
OOIOO
King Crimson
The Boredoms
Melt Banana
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Nurse With Wound
Matching Mole
Neu!
Naked City
Soft Machine
Muslimgauze
Art Emsemble of Chicago
Múm
Angelo Badalamenti
Amon Tobin
Alec Empire
Mudhoney
Cluster
Marc Ribot
Squarepusher
Aphex Twin
Venetian Snares
Mouse On Mars
Charalambides
Moondog
The Monochrome Set
Cabaret Voltaire
Busdriver
Aesop Rock
Cibo Matto
Shadowy Men on A Shadowy Planet
Merzbow
Buzz Osbourne
Man or Astroman?
DEVO
Ken Vandermark
Creedle
Brian Eno
Art Bears
Derek Bailey
Black Sabbath
Pierre Schaeffer
Bardo Pond
Bauhaus
Rudimentary Peni
Flux of Pink Indians
The B-52's
Autechre
Asturd Gilberto

I cannot decide since there will always be newer music on a daily basis. From these the obvious genres are clear.
Severus Snape
So many good ones named, and yet so many NOT named:

Ray Davies (The Kinks)
Freddie Mercury (Queen)
Geddy Lee and Neal Peart (Rush)
David Draiman (Disturbed)
Sully (Godsmack)
Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)
Sammy Hagar (solo and Van Halen)
Bob Geldof (Boomtown Rats)
Roger Waters and David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
Robert Plant and Jimmy Paige (Led Zeppelin)

I could go on and on, but you get the point.
Thrilla in Manila
All around talented musicians: (lyricism, rhythm, content, mass appeal)
2pac
The Notorious B.I.G.
Jay-Z
Lil' Wayne
Chamillionaire


Other talented guys:
Nas
Eminem
K-Rino
DiO
Some that havent been said yet

Dimebag Darrell, Paul Gilbert, Arjen A. Lucassen
Ex-PS Fanboy
Serj Tankian-former system of a down lead singer, now solo

Tom Morello-Rage against the Machine, Audioslave

David Draiman-Disturbed

The guys from Dragonforce

bOnEs
the best drummer in the history of rock to me is, jean-paul gaster... he's the drummer from the band clutch... he does nothing but throw down hypnotic drum beats that literally carry every single clutch song into rock-awesomness biggrin2.gif...
Kryton
Dimebag Darrell
Flea
Hendrix
Clapton
Dave Mustaine
John Butler
Dave Ellefson
Dave Grohl
Cliff Burton
Layne Stanley
Jerry Cantrell
Slash
Igor Cavalera
Max Cavalera
Jimmy Paige
Marney1
Steve Harris is the best (and fastest) bass guitarist around IMO.
Zacko
B.B. King
Chuck Berry
Bob Dylan
Hendrix
Neil Young

Those five are my pick purely for being so influental to music as a whole and just generally being talented bastards.

PabloHoneyOle
Parry Gripp
Hardcore Ottoman
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B.B. King
Chuck Berry
Bob Dylan
Hendrix
Neil Young

Those five are my pick purely for being so influential to music as a whole and just generally being talented bastards.


How about Scott Joplin? Billy Holiday? These were the ones influencing your artists.
Marney1
Mozart.
TheAnalogKid2112
So many of the guys stated on this thread pretty much sums it up./

Some off the top of my head though that I'm unaware if they're up there: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart, Pete Sandoval Dave Mustaine, Dave Ellefson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Duane Allman, Alex Skolnick and Mike Smith.

Seriously, I could go on for DAYS if I were to list all of my musical heroes.

Oh, and PS Fanboy, Dragonforce is not talent. It's speed.
ThomasH
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Slash


Fuc* yeah, Slash Rocks!

Slash
John Mayer
Jason Mraz
Buckethead

@ TheAnalogKid2112 : Indeed, speed doesn't say anything about talent, If you just practice the same riff over and over again..
Ex-PS Fanboy
QUOTE(TheAnalogKid2112 @ Apr 27 2009, 05:19 AM) [snapback]1498887[/snapback]
So many of the guys stated on this thread pretty much sums it up./

Some off the top of my head though that I'm unaware if they're up there: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart, Pete Sandoval Dave Mustaine, Dave Ellefson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Duane Allman, Alex Skolnick and Mike Smith.

Seriously, I could go on for DAYS if I were to list all of my musical heroes.

Oh, and PS Fanboy, Dragonforce is not talent. It's speed.

I agree. My buddy showed me some live videos compared to their studio songs. They're fucking shit.
DiO
People are too hard on Dragonforce.......As others are too easy on Dragonforce. I wouldn't say they are "fucking shit."
TheAnalogKid2112
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QUOTE(TheAnalogKid2112 @ Apr 27 2009, 05:19 AM) [snapback]1498887[/snapback]
So many of the guys stated on this thread pretty much sums it up./

Some off the top of my head though that I'm unaware if they're up there: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart, Pete Sandoval Dave Mustaine, Dave Ellefson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Duane Allman, Alex Skolnick and Mike Smith.

Seriously, I could go on for DAYS if I were to list all of my musical heroes.

Oh, and PS Fanboy, Dragonforce is not talent. It's speed.

I agree. My buddy showed me some live videos compared to their studio songs. They're fucking shit.

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Ex-PS Fanboy
QUOTE(Baby Fark Marney-zax @ Apr 27 2009, 10:28 PM) [snapback]1499038[/snapback]
People are too hard on Dragonforce.......As others are too easy on Dragonforce. I wouldn't say they are "fucking shit."

Well I don't hate them but the fact that they can't actually play makes me hate them. I usually listen to music that doesn't invlove to much editing.
Zacko
I'd add Muddy Waters to my list aswell.
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