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Rock page 1: guitar and piano excellence

Welcome to our rock: guitar and piano section. This chapter is designated to profile rock bands that placed heavy emphasis on incorporating guitar and piano collaborations into their music. 

Currently we have several artists profiled that excelled in incorporating the guitar and piano listed below.  We are in the process of adding additional artists and related chapters so stop by frequently. We would love your suggestions

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Allman Brothers
Jeff Beck
Chuck Berry
Eric Clapton
Derek and the Dominos 

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Allman Brothers Band 

Gregg Allman has been the staple keyboardist in The Allman Brothers Band throughout their entire career.  Gregg Allman is a wonderful pianist.  For a brief stint the Allman Brothers added Chuck Leavell as a second keyboardist. In that period, the band had its strongest piano attack.  They released two albums during this era, one studio and one live.  This period is the only one which featured one guitarist.  

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Chuck Leavell was a major contributor to the success of the Allman Brothers chart topping  album Brothers and Sisters.    

Wipe the Windows ... is the only live album Allman Brothers band to feature Chuck Leavell. 

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Jeff Beck

Jeff Beck's early material was very blues based. After parting with the Yardbirds he formed a band under his name that recorded two albums that included Rod Stewart on vocals, Nicky Hopkins on piano, Ron Wood on bass, while the drummers varied.

Jeff's interaction with pianist Nicky Hopkins is outstanding on the two albums noted below, Truth and Beck Ola, as they tackle a combination of blues standards, other covers, and a few original pieces.  

A sampling of the material from this line-up can be found on Jeff Beck compilation Best of Beck, two tracks from each album or his Box Set, Beckology.  Those two collections feature the track "Going Down" from his 1972 album that has great piano guitar interplay; this time between Jeff Beck and Max Middleton.  

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Truth the first album by this outfit and the better of them. A few Willie Dixon classics, Yardbirds, and more.

Beck-Ola features more originals than its predecessor. They include a few tracks that Elvis Presley played; "Jailhouse Rock," and "All Shook Up." 

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Chuck Berry 

Chuck Berry is often credited as the father of Rock 'n Roll. In many ways he bridged the gap between blues and rock. He had some of the best musicians backing him including Willie Dixon on bass, and Johnny Johnson or Otis Spann on piano, among others. 

We think the best way to collect Chuck Berry is through one of his compilations. 

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The Great 28 a single disc of Chuck Berry's music. It contains most of his popular hits, a great value.

Anthology a two disc compilation. Chuck Berry paved the road from blues to rock that so many walked down after him.

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Eric Clapton 

Some great Eric Clapton's albums that emphasize the piano and guitar combination include his first solo self titled album with Leon Russell and others. His double live disc 24 Nights, has four songs with a blues band that is incredible, featuring blues legend Johnnie Johnson on piano. The best interchange is on "Worried Life Blues." 

Erick Clapton's jaw dropping work with Derek and the Dominos is noted below.

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Eric Clapton's 24 Nights features four different musical lineups.  The blues band will leave you stunned.  
Eric Clapton's debut solo album came out just before he formed Derek and the Dominos, it is brilliant. 
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Derek and the Dominos 

Some stunning guitar and piano interchange takes place on this album between keyboardist Bobby Whitlock and guitarists Eric Clapton and Duane Allman. The most well known composition is  certainly "Layla" with the much recognized slide guitar and piano finale. 

Throughout this classic collaboration there are loads of great piano in the tradition of blues throughout on tracks such as "Key to the Highway," "Tell the Truth," "Have You Ever Loved a Woman," and more.

For the adventurous fan, the Layla Sessions box set has some excellent piano within the alternative takes disc. Not so much on the jams disc.  

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Derek and the Dominos album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs is truly one of the best albums of all time, for fans of both rock and blues.    
Derek and the Dominos Live at the Fillmore is Eric Clapton's best live album.  
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