It is with extreme sadness we learn of Keith Emerson’s passing.
The Hammond Family and the entire World mourns the loss of this giant.
His innovations resonate in every corner where a keyboard appears, smashing the boundaries of rock, jazz, pop and classical music. What Jimi Hendrix was to Guitar, Keith was to Keyboards, executing brilliant technique with a master showman’s flair, and the essence of Keith’s voice was found in the Drawbars and Tonewheels of the Hammond Organ. Through his pioneering work with The Nice, and Superstardom with Emerson Lake and Palmer, Keith made keyboards “cool”, harnessing their inherent power, and bringing them up to par with any guitar virtuoso. Before Keith, the keyboard player was locked to his console, be it Piano or Organ, playing a vital, yet supportive role. Keith’s vision hyper-amplified the Hammond, where he took the jazz riffs of Jimmy Smith and his beloved “Brother” Jack McDuff, made them his own, and created a new vocabulary never heard before, but one that stirred everyone’s interest.
Keith’s singular influence insures his immortality, and he will be celebrated for generations to come.
The Hammond Family bows very deep in respect and remembrance for our Brother; the incomparable, incredible, irreplaceable Keith Emerson. Bravo! Bravissimo!
The photo below, taken by Hammond Artist Jon Hammond shows Keith onstage at the 2014 Sound Soul Summit (Winter NAMM). Hammond Artist Terry Lawless looks on.