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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. Jan Hammer was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia

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Article: Album Review

Robert Castelli: Party at One World Plaza

Read "Party at One World Plaza" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Third-generation drummer Robert Castelli demonstrates the different aspects of great jazz drumming as he leads his live ensemble through his own compositions in this energetic, bouncy and thoroughly lively Party at One World Plaza. A New York State native based in Barcelona (after living for several years in Austria), Castelli throws this collective BOOM ...

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Article: Radio

Simon Phillips, Virgil Donati, Jan Hammer and much more

Read "Simon Phillips, Virgil Donati,  Jan Hammer and much more" reviewed by Len Davis


Our Fusion fest continues with Simon Phillips and Protocol, Jan Hammer, Jean-Luc Ponty and Weather Report.Playlist Simon Phillips “Moments Of Fortune" from Protocol 2 (Phantom) 00:00 MSM Schmidt “Medusa" from Life (Laika) 07:18 Virgil Donati “Eleven Part 2" from Ruination (Gildon Music) 14:41 Jan Hammer “Red and Orange" from Oh Yeah (Nemperor) 21:57 Marc ...

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Article: BackTracks

Live, Eclectic, And Electrifying

Read "Live, Eclectic, And Electrifying" reviewed by Mike Jacobs


Live albums. Love them, hate them, they are definitely a different animal from the studio album. It may be argued--especially with all of the tools available currently--that the “studio" recording is the means by which music can be crafted and honed into the most accurate representation of the artist's vision. And yes, live albums can be ...

Article: Radio

Jan Hammer, Mark lettieri and Graham Costello

Read "Jan Hammer, Mark lettieri and Graham Costello" reviewed by Len Davis


Music from Jan Hammer and his album Seasons Part 1, guitarist Mark lettieri's Deep The Baritone Sessions Vol 2 and a new single from Graham Costello's upcoming release.Playlist Jan Hammer “April" from Seasons Part 1 (Country & Eastern) 00:00 Mark Lettieri “Magnetar" from Deep-The Baritone Sessions Vol 2 (Ground Up Music) 17:29 Dennis Chambers-Jeff ...

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Sketches in Jazz

Label: Red Gate Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Deep Pool; My Father's Vibes; Solitude; Magic Theater (Jazz Version); Quiet Place; Mood 2; Later On; First Light; Blue 3; Layer Cake.

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Article: Radio

Scott Jones, Pickpocket Funk, Marcus Miller and more

Read "Scott Jones, Pickpocket Funk, Marcus Miller and more" reviewed by Len Davis


Our Tony Palkovic tribute continues, plus Scott Jones, Marcus Miller, Pickpocket Funk and much more. Playlist Niacin “High Bias" from High Bias (Stretch) 00:00 Jan Hammer “Midnight" from Beyond the Minds Eye (MCA) 05:49 Yellow Jackets “Go Go" from Times Squared (Heads Up) 11:37 Brian Auger “Freddies Flight" from Retrospection (Sunset Blvd Records) 17:24 ...

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Article: Radio

The Genius of Kenny Kirkland - Part 2

Read "The Genius of Kenny Kirkland - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


A classical musical upbringing; a deep knowledge of contemporary classical masters; a career that rapidly saw him develop affinities and life-long collaborations with mainstream and forward-looking jazz musicians, both from the US and from abroad; equally at home with fusion, pop and rock. In sum, Kenny Kirkland epitomized that kind of musician that defies categorization which ...

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Article: Album Review

Gergo Borlai: The Missing Song

Read "The Missing Song" reviewed by Jim Worsley


The Missing Song has been heralded as a tribute to Gergo Borlai's nine most influential drummers still alive and performing today. This is much more than just listing them and perhaps covering one of their songs. Borlai composed eight of the nine new songs on this album. He plays them all in the manner, or mindset, ...

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Article: Album Review

Christy Doran's Sound Fountain: Lift The Bar

Read "Lift The Bar" reviewed by Ian Patterson


With four records in as many years Christy Doran's Sound Fountain seems in 2020 to have eclipsed New Bag as the guitarist's going concern. However, just because New Bag hasn't recorded since Elsewhere (Double Moon, 2015) doesn't mean that the band, founded in 1997, won't still make a comeback. After all, who could have foreseen the ...


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