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Jan Hammer Group | Live In New York

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Live In New York

by Jan Hammer Group

An amazing live concert of the Jan Hammer Group (10/17/75). Featuring Jan Hammer/keyboards, Steve Kindler/violin, Fernando Saunders/bass and Tony Smith/drums. Six months later Jeff Beck joined this lineup creating the legendary Jeff Beck/Jan Hammer Group
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Darkness
6:24 $0.99
2. Red and Orange
7:44 $0.99
3. Earth
4:56 $0.99
4. Topeka
6:03 $0.99
5. Twenty One
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6. Sixth Day/Country and Eastern Music
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7. I Remember Me
11:18 $1.29
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Album Notes
New Jersey Dispatch - October 18, 1975

Hammer Creates Surreal Session


The Jan Hammer Group’s concert the other night at The Bottom Line, was complex without being pretentious, the performance virtuoso without seeming egotistical, the mood simultaneously relaxed, and nervously exploratory. Hammer, a master of keyboard instruments including pianos, synthesizers, digital sequencers, and the mellotron as well as the drums lit the stage with a blaze of total space age jazz improvisation. Forget Rick Wakeman and Keith Emerson. This 27-year- old Czech- turned American citizen, who bears a vague physical resemblance to Elton John, is undoubtedly the keyboard man of the future. This polyrhythm master gets your pulse beating from the tip of your tapping toes to the last shock of your hair. Hammer, smoothly changing from a piano modified to sound like a guitar to a low register organ as aptly backed up by drummer Tony Smith (formerly of Malo and Azteca) and bassist Fernando Saunders.

Talented Back Up:

The other lead instrument in the four-piece band is the electric violin. Steven Kindler, who like Hammer, is a former member of John McLaughlin\'s Mahavishnu Orchestra, complemented the keyboard solos and handled long passages of seemingly ad libitum jazz passages with the adroitness of a super star. His talent should have been noticed long ago. This music soars into outer space at the speed of light, no holds barred. This observer feels he must warn those listeners who are faint of heart to stay away. This kind of energy might give cardiac arrest to the modern jazz listening neophyte. Unfortunately, Hammer did only one number and the intro to another from his latest album, \"The First Seven Days.\" This piece of craftsmanship is a delight right down to the cover.

Eerie, Celestial Mood:

This album matches the creativity imagined to have gone on in the first seven days of heaven and earth. Especially fine is the final cut, \"The Seventh Day,\" where an eerie celestial mood is intermingled with the earthiness of syncopated piano work that changes its time signature with each measure. It is the final climax to a spellbound creation of the imagination. Hammer\'s music is at once primal and seething, teeming jungle undercurrents, and the most far-out adventures of a star trek to unknown thresholds of the mind. Its success lies in outstanding classical study and unending determination for new frontiers. It is the music of the future and it is older than man.



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John Pear

Jan Hammer Group - Live In New York
What's there to be said!? The amazing and one and only Jan Hammer! In his old country during his mid-teens he was already a legend, and legendary he shall stay forever. Instantly recognizable sound, a masterful touch! The man paints with sound! I'm proud that I knew him at the very beginning of his career, and I shall never forget meeting him during his creative peak, while in Australia with Jeff Beck! - HOWEVER: as for this recorded session, it should come out on VINYL! An mp3 format maybe be "in" today, but it will be forgotten and obsolete in years to come, while the sound of vinyl IS final, and will remain so!

Bert Neikirk

a real gem!
The playing just BURNS! very high energy! This is different from the "Jan Hammer Group w/ Jeff Beck Live" album(enjoyable in its' own right, but more of a "stadium" album.)The audio is REALLY good--much better than typical soundboard tapes. Well worth the $10. There's little banter--just Jan introducing song titles, and a dedication of "Topeka" to Andy Topeka, their resident tech genius (who sadly passed away a few years back.)