This thread has got me going back and listening a lot to old and "newish" DT, and now I'm even more convinced that Kevin Moore was a better "musician" than Rudess. Moore usually starts his parts drawn back, using textured chords, then builds his parts up slowly. Rudess has a tendency to go balls-to-the-wall right out of the gate Both of them have their own unique parts, and both of them quote the other musicians in the band, but Moore's quotes seemed more interwoven, whereas Rudess seems more formulaic. Rudess does have the technical edge, but a LOT of his playing shows it unabashedly. A lot of Moore's parts are difficult in much more subtle ways, in that they don't stand out as much, tending rather to blend in with the music. Both are very versatile. Moore, however, is easier to identify by his playing as Kevin Moore. To me, that's a big deal. Moore wrote some killer lyrics. Less cheese and fewer bird noises, whistles, and weird shit - when Moore was in the band. But I still love Rudess's playing and his work with the band. Scenes from a Memory was great due in part to his contributions.