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Jan Hammer

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For an instrumental artist, hitting the pop charts is a blessing, but it can also bring along the baggage of stereotyping and higher expectations. If the smash happens to be the biggest sensation of a given decade, it might be that much harder to break the mold. But Jan Hammer, a fusion pioneer with the groundbreaking Mahavishnu Orchestra but best known for his in-your-face guitar-oriented synth assault on the "Miami Vice" theme circa 1985, adheres to his own mixed, moody agenda on his first non-scoring project in years, the percussive yet often sweet and very melodic Drive. From the fluffy tropical pleasures of "Island Dreamer" to the sugary breezes of "Lucky Jane," Hammer seems intent on showing a softer, subtle side in addition to the punchy snap his fans are used to. And just coincidentally, despite the very electronic-sounding landscape he creates, he shows some frequently peppy jazz chops. While an intense, sweeping hummability and inventive, plugged-in percussion wall keep every song on a worthwhile path, the most remarkable aspect of the collection (his second Miramar disc, after the soundtrack to the wildly successful "Beyond the Mind's Eye" video), is the way Hammer chooses various sounds using his synth arsenal. On "Don't You Know," he takes on an electric guitar feel, while "Nightglow" gives a dead-on impression of a smoky, muted trumpet. When he feels like interacting with human voices, he calls on old friends and collaborators like Jeff Beck (whose plucky, raw guitarisma blows the title cut to high heaven) and the more sensuous strains of Michael Brecker.
© Jonathan Widran /TiVo

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1
Peaceful Sundown
Jan Hammer
00:04:14

Jan Hammer, Composer, MainArtist

1994 Country & Eastern Music, Inc. 1994 Country & Eastern Music, Inc.

2
Knight Rider 2000
Jan Hammer
00:03:53

Jan Hammer, Composer, MainArtist

1994 Country & Eastern Music, Inc. 1994 Country & Eastern Music, Inc.

3
Underground
JAN HAMMER featuring JEFF BECK
00:04:16

Jan Hammer, Composer - JAN HAMMER featuring JEFF BECK, MainArtist

1994 Country & Eastern Music, Inc. 1994 Country & Eastern Music, Inc.

4
Island Dreamer
Jan Hammer
00:03:41

Jan Hammer, Composer, MainArtist

1994 Country & Eastern Music, Inc. 1994 Country & Eastern Music, Inc.

5
Drive
JAN HAMMER featuring JEFF BECK
00:03:31

Jan Hammer, Composer - JAN HAMMER featuring JEFF BECK, MainArtist

1994 Country & Eastern Music, Inc. 1994 Country & Eastern Music, Inc.

6
Lucky Jane
Jan Hammer
00:03:30

Jan Hammer, Composer, MainArtist

1994 Country & Eastern Music, Inc. 1994 Country & Eastern Music, Inc.

7
Up or Down
Jan Hammer
00:02:37

Jan Hammer, Composer, MainArtist

1994 Country & Eastern Music, Inc. 1994 Country & Eastern Music, Inc.

8
Curiosity Kills
Jan Hammer
00:04:16

Jan Hammer, Composer, MainArtist

1994 Country & Eastern Music, Inc. 1994 Country & Eastern Music, Inc.

9
Don't You Know
Jan Hammer
00:03:51

Jan Hammer, Composer, MainArtist

1994 Country & Eastern Music, Inc. 1994 Country & Eastern Music, Inc.

10
Coming Back Home
Jan Hammer
00:03:33

Jan Hammer, Composer, MainArtist

1994 Country & Eastern Music, Inc. 1994 Country & Eastern Music, Inc.

11
Capital News
Jan Hammer
00:03:28

Jan Hammer, Composer, MainArtist

1994 Country & Eastern Music, Inc. 1994 Country & Eastern Music, Inc.

12
Nightglow
Jan Hammer
00:04:26

Jan Hammer, Composer, MainArtist

1994 Country & Eastern Music, Inc. 1994 Country & Eastern Music, Inc.

Album Description

For an instrumental artist, hitting the pop charts is a blessing, but it can also bring along the baggage of stereotyping and higher expectations. If the smash happens to be the biggest sensation of a given decade, it might be that much harder to break the mold. But Jan Hammer, a fusion pioneer with the groundbreaking Mahavishnu Orchestra but best known for his in-your-face guitar-oriented synth assault on the "Miami Vice" theme circa 1985, adheres to his own mixed, moody agenda on his first non-scoring project in years, the percussive yet often sweet and very melodic Drive. From the fluffy tropical pleasures of "Island Dreamer" to the sugary breezes of "Lucky Jane," Hammer seems intent on showing a softer, subtle side in addition to the punchy snap his fans are used to. And just coincidentally, despite the very electronic-sounding landscape he creates, he shows some frequently peppy jazz chops. While an intense, sweeping hummability and inventive, plugged-in percussion wall keep every song on a worthwhile path, the most remarkable aspect of the collection (his second Miramar disc, after the soundtrack to the wildly successful "Beyond the Mind's Eye" video), is the way Hammer chooses various sounds using his synth arsenal. On "Don't You Know," he takes on an electric guitar feel, while "Nightglow" gives a dead-on impression of a smoky, muted trumpet. When he feels like interacting with human voices, he calls on old friends and collaborators like Jeff Beck (whose plucky, raw guitarisma blows the title cut to high heaven) and the more sensuous strains of Michael Brecker.
© Jonathan Widran /TiVo

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