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Thread started 01/02/22 11:27am

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Let's talk about Tommy Barbarella.

Let me be as blunt as I can: The dude was not a great musician; he was actually very mediocre, like some bar band guy. He tinkled a kind of cocktail piano, but idiot fans would diss Renato? Renato played rings around Tommy Tinkle. Tommy was picked for his looks me thinks. Mr Hayes is not great but he is at least decent.

All you others say Hell Yea!! woot!
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Reply #1 posted 01/02/22 12:58pm

percy28

Happy new year
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Reply #2 posted 01/02/22 1:08pm

JoeyCococo

Saw him at Crooners in MN 2018, Celebration weekend. Just him on piano with Julius singing..... shockingly good. I even told him so after...saying I had never really heard him play.

You are dead ass wrong
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Reply #3 posted 01/02/22 1:29pm

LoveGalore

percy28 said:

Happy new year


LMAO
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Reply #4 posted 01/02/22 5:19pm

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Prince didn't have any slouch players. And the mid-90s was some of Prince's most prolific times, and music a lot more complex than his 80s stuff (which is its own golden era, we know).

Morris Hayes drips with talent, too.

I don't think people dispute that Neto was talented. Bis musak influences on Prince's music - namely "Baby I'm A Star" becoming some breezy elevator bullshit on the Musicology Tour - weren't that welcome. All that instrumental stuff Prince did - Xpectation, C-Note, N.E.W.S., etc - is just blaaahhh.

Even Blackwell got flack for a while from fans, with reports that he was missing queues and shit, but Prince still used him instead of firing him. He got better. One can't not get better playing with the likes of Prince.

I saw Barbarella when he was with Greazy Meal, and they were phenomenal.

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Reply #5 posted 01/03/22 5:34am

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Greazy Meal

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Greasy Spoon is the diner down the street.

"Whatever skin Ur in
we all need 2 b friends"
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Reply #6 posted 01/03/22 2:22pm

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nayroo2002 said:

Greazy Meal

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Greasy Spoon is the diner down the street.


Dats it.

"eye don’t really care so much what people say about me because it is a reflection of who they r."
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Reply #7 posted 01/04/22 6:27pm

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TrivialPursuit said:

He got better. One can't not get better playing with the likes of Prince.



I mean, for the amount they played with one of the best musicians the modern world has known, it's not unreasonable to wake up one day and think "Huh, they were fine but they weren't amazing". I don't know if playing Cream all day long is good or bad for one's musicianship. He should be the best at playing a certain era Prince though.

Once Prince moved on from his childhood crew he seemed to have a type he liked to play with. Barbarella was kind of Fink and Bobby Z. rolled up into one.

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Reply #8 posted 01/04/22 7:04pm

jjam

2freaky4church1 said:

Let me be as blunt as I can: The dude was not a great musician; he was actually very mediocre, like some bar band guy. He tinkled a kind of cocktail piano, but idiot fans would diss Renato? Renato played rings around Tommy Tinkle. Tommy was picked for his looks me thinks. Mr Hayes is not great but he is at least decent.

You really need to stop posting, Renato.

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Reply #9 posted 01/04/22 9:59pm

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lavendardrummachine said:

TrivialPursuit said:

He got better. One can't not get better playing with the likes of Prince.



I mean, for the amount they played with one of the best musicians the modern world has known, it's not unreasonable to wake up one day and think "Huh, they were fine but they weren't amazing". I don't know if playing Cream all day long is good or bad for one's musicianship. He should be the best at playing a certain era Prince though.

Once Prince moved on from his childhood crew he seemed to have a type he liked to play with. Barbarella was kind of Fink and Bobby Z. rolled up into one.


You misquoted me. I was specifically talking about John Blackwell with "He got better. One can't not get better playing with the likes of Prince."

They don't "play 'Cream' all day long." That's obtuse. The man had hundreds of songs by the 90s when Barbarella came onboard. One also has to remember the fills, flourishes, and such that Prince did in the 90s - a writing style he grew into - I don't think someone like Fink (as talented as he was) could have handled that. However, the Lovesexy Tour was the first real hint of that sort of manic chord progressions and key changes that The Revolution and prior never dealt with. Listen to things like the end of "TMBGITW" on The Gold Experience. That wasn't in the original cut of the song. I'm talking about those sorts of breaks, codas, additions to his songs that someone like Barbarella could easily handle.

That said, on the same tip I'm not sure someone like Levi, Mico or even Sonny could have fully handled stuff he did in the 2010s with 3rd Eye Girl. Barbarella was a step up, I believe, from Fink. Boni Boyer was more a singer, but could hit chords and such. She was musical in many levels.

I believe there's a reason why people note that incarnation of NPG - Tommy, Sonny, Michael, Morris - as the best version of the band.

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Reply #10 posted 01/14/22 9:22pm

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Tommy Barbarela is a great keyboard player.he executed killer solos and harmonic vocabulary while playing with aprince.those who say otherwise r tone deaf.
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Reply #11 posted 01/15/22 9:20am

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I saw Tommy with the NPG after Prince passed and he had a solo piece which was just transcedent. Lots of people I spoke to were blown away by his performance that night.

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Reply #12 posted 01/19/22 6:47am

JorisE73

2freaky4church1 said:

Let me be as blunt as I can: The dude was not a great musician; he was actually very mediocre, like some bar band guy. He tinkled a kind of cocktail piano, but idiot fans would diss Renato? Renato played rings around Tommy Tinkle. Tommy was picked for his looks me thinks. Mr Hayes is not great but he is at least decent.


lol

You obviously never heard the guy play and just watched him with Prince.

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Reply #13 posted 01/19/22 12:37pm

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JorisE73 said:

2freaky4church1 said:

Let me be as blunt as I can: The dude was not a great musician; he was actually very mediocre, like some bar band guy. He tinkled a kind of cocktail piano, but idiot fans would diss Renato? Renato played rings around Tommy Tinkle. Tommy was picked for his looks me thinks. Mr Hayes is not great but he is at least decent.


lol

You obviously never heard the guy play and just watched him with Prince.


Exactly. To compare him to boring ass Renato is apples and onions. Tommy Elms was and is incredibly talented.

"eye don’t really care so much what people say about me because it is a reflection of who they r."
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Reply #14 posted 01/19/22 11:15pm

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Those who think that Renato could play circles around Tommy clearly know nothing about piano keyboard playing cause Tommy would slaughter Neto.check Tommys killer solo on Santana Medley Glam Slam 1994
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Reply #15 posted 01/24/22 11:54am

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