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Jan Hammer


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.09 | 51 ratings

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5 stars Jan Hammer: The First Seven Days - Fresh from working with the much lauded John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, the time was right for Hammer to explore the limits of the new fusion of jazz, rock, and world music (before it even had name) on his own. The album and song titles are simply chosen to stimulate the imagination, and they really do. Not a single note is wasted, nor is any track given over to self-indulgence; each track is measured out to just the right length. Themes are often led by piano movements, but Hammer makes judicious use of percussion and violin as well as sequencer-driven rhythm tracks. A master at the synthesizer and keyboard, "The First Seven Days" showcases his skills and imagination, e.g., his use of portamento in simulating electric guitar solos. To sum up, Hammer really makes this fusion master piece musically infectious; he as produced an ageless eclectic mix of nearly all that the progressive music movement seeks to accomplish. Absolutely essential.
convocation | 5/5 |


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