To this day, my favorite Boney CD is "Trust" from 1994, and Botti's "Midnight Without You." Give me a good contemporary instrumental melody that is original and upbeat, and I am a happy man.
Funny that should come up because I had my WindowsMediaPlayer on shuffle and "Roadrunner" from Trust came on and it sounded just as strong as it did the day it came out.
Actually I'm not into improv at all..I like really structured melodies. But also forward momentum..where a song keeps a pace or builds and doesn't get draggy or stall out..which is why a lot of these acoustic keyboard players don't do it for me..there will be a pretty powerful section of the song then it grinds to a halt and dwindles into grace notes. But I am going for a more AAA/pop-rock oriented and younger sound..this stuff works for the more jazzy/older targeting music mixes.
Speaking of which check out Pete Lacey's "Viccisitudes"