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Jan Hammer


Jan Hammer's musical career is as firmly rooted in the fundamentals of classical, jazz and rock as it is committed to the future of electronics, synthesized sound, the possibilities of interactive media, television, film and animation.

His walls are lined with Grammy awards and gold and platinum plaques from around the world. His name is found on scores of recordings spanning the 1970s to the '90s — solo albums, collaborations with the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jeff Beck, Al Di Meola, Mick Jagger, Carlos Santana, Stanley Clarke, Neal Schon, Elvin Jones and many others. Jan has composed and produced soundtracks for a long list of motion pictures, the music for 90 episodes of Miami Vice (which spun-off four soundtrack albums and its worldwide #1 hit theme song), 20 episodes of the popular British television series Chancer, and the music for BEYOND the Mind's Eye, one of the all-time best-selling music videos in Billboard chart history.


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Diamond Dust: The Eccentric Genius of Jeff Beck

Read "Diamond Dust: The Eccentric Genius of Jeff Beck" reviewed by Doug Collette

The man played like he had a love/hate relationship with his guitar. One moment he could be ever-so-gently coaxing bittersweet strains from the strings and the next he could very well be wringing tortuous sounds from up and down the fretboard, as often as not thanks to his instinctively savvy use of the whammy bar. It ...


Jivin' with Joni: The Lost Recordings 1978-1979

Label: April First Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Disc 1: It Goes Like This, Joni I-II-III; Elbow Room; Boogie Woogie Man (Groove 1);Charlie Chatter (1); Joni Replies(1); Screwdriver Monday (Sketch); The Wolf That Lives In Lindsey (Alternate); More Charlie Chatter; Edith and The Kingpin; You're Old Enough To Say Goodnight (False Start); Your Guardian Angel Can't Relax (Demo & Rehearsal Mix); Joni & Charlie. Disc 2: The Whole Outdoor Scene; The Ballad of Toots Banger; Pieces of Wisconsin; Pieces of Wisconsin (End Piece); A Chair In the Sky (demo); Evergreen Eyes (Joni Home Recording); Sweet Sucker Dance (Alternate); God Must be a Boogie Man (Rehearsal & Alternate); Goodbye Pork Pie Hat/ Moanin'/ Woodstock/ Caravan/ All the Things You Could Be By Now If Sigmund Freud's Wife Was Your Mother; You're Old Enough To Say Goodnight. Disc 3: Happy Birthday 1975 (Rap); God Must Be a Boogie Man; Funeral (Rap); A Chair in the Sky; The Wolf That Lives in Lindsey; I's a Muggin'; Sweet Sucker Dance; Coin in the Pocket (Rap); The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines; Lucky; Goodbye Pork Pie Hat.


Seasons Pt. 2

Label: Red Gate Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Streaming; Summer Solstice; Sonar Song; Black Diamond Run; Suite Atmosphere; Codename Ruby Theme; Moon of the Long Night; Waves; Electric Storm; Empathy; Orbit X; Truth Heals; Oceans and Continents; Suite Horizon


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Miles Davis, Return To Forever, Jeff Beck and Jan Hammer

Read "Miles Davis, Return To Forever, Jeff Beck and Jan Hammer" reviewed by Len Davis

Today's show includes music from Miles Davis, Return To Forever, Jan Hammer, and Jeff Beck. Also, new and recent music from Antonio Quijano, Fractal Sextet with Stephan Thelen.PlaylistMiles Davis “Fat Time" from The Man With The Horn (CB) 00:00Return To Forever “Sorceress" from Romantic Warrior (CBS) 08:07Jeff Beck “You Never Know" from There And ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Live music from Igor Wilcox, Third Rail, Soft Machine and Pat Metheny

Read "Live music from Igor Wilcox, Third Rail, Soft Machine and Pat Metheny" reviewed by Len Davis

The live concerts continue with Brazilian drummer Igor Willcox from Live at Jazz Room, Third Rail, Harvey S Trio, Soft Machine, Jan Hammer, Pat Metheny, and Marcus Miller. Playlist Igor Wilcox “Lifetime" from Live at Jazz Room 2019 (Record Label) 00:00 Third Rail “You Rang" from Live across Europe (Aerohead) 08:46 Harvey S Trio ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Alex Skolnick Trio, Mark Lettieri, Jan Hammer and Erik Escobar

Read "Alex Skolnick Trio, Mark Lettieri, Jan Hammer and Erik Escobar" reviewed by Len Davis

Music from Alex Skolnick, Mark Lettieri and Cory Wong. Jan Hammer, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Steve Khan.Playlist Grafitti “Good Groove" from Good Groove (Lipstick) 00:00 Alex Skolnick Trio “Key Of Sea" from Conundrum (Palmetto) 06:03 Mark Lettieri “Magnetar" from Deep: The Baritone Sessions (Leopard) 12:18 Cory Wong “Concrete" from Power Station (Self Produced) 18:26 Jan ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Wayne Krantz, Mark Lettieri, Jan Hammer and Aurora Clara

Read "Wayne Krantz, Mark Lettieri, Jan Hammer and Aurora Clara" reviewed by Len Davis

New York guitarist Wayne Krantz, from San Francisco Mark Lettieri, a new album from Jan Hammer Seasons 2, German drummer Anika Nilles' latest Opuntia, Aurora Clara from Spain, a classic Billy Cobham from Inner Conflicts, plus Kick The Cat and Vasil Hadzimanov Band.Playlist Wayne Krantz “U Can't Touch This" from Good Piranha Bad Piranha ...


News: Recording

Jan Hammer Will Release Seasons Pt. 2 On August 19

Jan Hammer Will Release Seasons Pt. 2 On August 19

In 2018 Jan Hammer re-emerged after a nearly decade-long hiatus with the release of Seasons Pt. 1, a compilation of existing musical ‘sketches’ that he’d developed into longer pieces just for the album. Seasons Pt. 1 was so well received—it was lauded by Something Else Reviews as..." a fully orchestrated sound, all springing from his fertile ...

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Mahavishnu Orchestra

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John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra is considered by many to be the greatest Jazz-fusion group of all time. The group was formed in late 1970-early 1971 by McLaughlin, a brilliant guitarist with a jazz-rock pedigree that included work with the Graham Bond Organization in the mid-60s, and with the electrified Miles Davis on his landmark "Bitches Brew" LP in 1969. The original Orchestra included Jan Hammer (later to score TV's "Miami Vice") on keyboards, Jerry Goodman on violin, Rick Laird on bass, and Billy Cobham on drums. Signed with much hoopla to Columbia in 1971, they released two fabulous studio albums, “Inner Mounting Flame,” (’71) and “Birds of Fire,” (’72) along with a live ‘73 album, “Between Nothingness and Eternity.” A reformation of the group in 1974 brought Jean-Luc Ponty on board to play violin, Gayle Moran on keyboards and vocals, Ralphe Armstrong on bass, and drummer Michael Warden


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