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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.


Article: Album Review

Jeff Beck: Beck Bogert & Appice Live In Japan 1973 Live In London 1974

Read "Beck Bogert & Appice Live In Japan 1973 Live In London 1974" reviewed by Scott Gudell

Will the real Jeff Beck please raise his guitar strumming hand? Will it be the musician who's recognized as one of only a handful of Brit Invasion guitar gods from the 1960s that includes Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page? Will it be the man who absorbed a gritty blues “message in a bottle" that floated across ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Live recordings from John McLaughlin, Jeff Beck-Jan Hammer and Threeo with Gerald Gradwohl

Read "Live recordings from John McLaughlin, Jeff Beck-Jan Hammer and Threeo with Gerald Gradwohl" reviewed by Len Davis

Part 1 of today's show is all live music, from John McLaughlin & 4th Dimension, Jeff Beck-Jan Hammer Group, El Grupo with Steve Lukather and Steve Weingart and Threeo with Gerald Gradwohl and the late Bob Berg. Playlist John McLaughlin & 4th Dimension “Mother Tongues" from The New Universe Music Festival (Abstract Logix) 00:00 ...


Article: Liner Notes

John Abercrombie: The First Quartet

Read "John Abercrombie: The First Quartet" reviewed by John Kelman

With the release of Arcade (1979), Abercrombie Quartet (1980) and M (1981), John Abercrombie's entire ECM discography as a leader is finally available on CD. Looking back at these albums and their position in his oeuvre, they are revealed as seminal documents of Abercrombie's arrival as a distinctive writer, improvising guitarist and bandleader, delivering on the ...


Article: Building a Jazz Library

ECM Records Touchstones: Part 2

Read "ECM Records Touchstones: Part 2" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 This second edition of “ECM Touchstones" explores more of the label's early recordings, repackaged and offered up as a way to present music that had perhaps slipped through time's cracks, into the hard-to-find category. Of these, four were re-released in 2019, one in 2008--32 to 43 ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Musical Tribute To The Late Guitarist Jeff Beck

Read "A Musical Tribute To The Late Guitarist Jeff Beck" reviewed by Len Davis

A musical tribute to the late Jeff Beck in the first half hour. New releases from Greg Spero, Swedish accordionist Anatole Muster, The Resonance Project, and The Headhunters.Playlist Jeff Beck “You Know What I Mean" from Blow By Blow (Epic) 00:00 Jeff Beck “Led Boots" from Wired (Epic 05:26) Jeff Beck-Jan Hammer “Blue Wind" ...


Article: Profile

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 ...


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