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Jan Hammer's uncanny ability to simulate the pitch-bending qualities of an electric guitar on his Minimoog synthesizer made him an explosive duet partner with rock's Jeff Beck on this live album -- the third of Beck's successful flirtations with jazz-rock. While leaning toward the Mahavishnu Orchestra brand of jazz-rock, with the word "rock" heavily emphasized, this is a looser, less lockstepped variant. The song selection is split almost equally between Hammer and Beck's repertoires, with Hammer's remake of his techno/mechanized "Darkness/Earth In Search of a Sun" making the biggest splash. Beck is a marvel, his stinging guitar darting in and out from everywhere like a hit-and-run guerrilla fighter, and Hammer matches him blow by blow, so to speak, with his purer yet equally agile tone quality on shootouts like "Full Moon Boogie." Hammer is a terrible vocalist, but that indulgence fortunately is limited to one track; Beck himself only vocalizes through a gauzy electronic filter on a reggae-like treatment of the Beatles' "She's a Woman." Though the jazz-rock idiom seemed almost spent by the time this was released, Hammer and Beck happily pretended not to notice.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972377322
catalogNumber: 723773
Rank: 22610

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jan Hammer Group   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Steve Kindler   Synthesizer,Guitar,Violin,Rhythm Guitar,Synthesizer Strings,Group Member
Jeff Beck   Bass,Guitar,Track Performer
Jan Hammer   Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Timbales,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Track Performer,oberheim,Group Member
Freeman   Electric Piano,Timbales,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer
Fernando Saunders   Bass,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Tony Smith   Drums,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Jeff Beck   Composer,Sound Effects,Special Effects
Jan Hammer   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Max Middleton   Composer
Dennis Weinreich   Engineer,Remixing
Tom Werman   Executive Producer
John Berg   Cover Design
Dennis Weinrich   Engineer,Remixing

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