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Jan Hammer (IPA: [jan hamɘ]) (born 17 April 1948, in Prague, then Czechoslovakia, today part of the Czech Republic). His compositions have won him several Grammy awards. He is probably best known for playing keyboards with the Mahavishnu Orchestra in the early 70s, as well as his "Miami Vice Theme" and "Crockett's Theme", from the popular 1980s US television program, Miami Vice. Hammer has collaborated with some of the era's most influential musicians such as Jeff Beck, Al Di Meola, Mick Jagger, Carlos Santana, Stanley Clarke, Neal Schon, and Elvin Jones among many others. He has composed and produced at least 14 original motion picture soundtracks, the music for 90 episodes of Miami Vice and 20 episodes of the popular British television series Chancer. is the 107th day of the year (108th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Prague (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The original lineup in 1972, featuring Billy Cobham, John McLaughlin, Jerry Goodman, Jan Hammer and Rick Laird. ... The song Miami Vice Theme was released in September 1984 and was created and performed by Jan Hammer as the theme to the television series Miami Vice. ... Crocketts Theme was a song written for the hit NBC series Miami Vice, from the episode Calderones Return. ... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized... A television program (US), television programme (UK) or simply television show is a segment of programming in television broadcasting. ... For the 2006 movie, see Miami Vice (film). ... Geoffrey Arnold (Jeff) Beck (born June 24, 1944 to Arnold and Ethel Beck in Wallington, Greater London) is an English rock guitarist. ... Al Di Meola (born Al Laurence Dimeola July 22, 1954 in Jersey City, New Jersey) is an American jazz fusion and Latin jazz guitarist. ... Sir Michael Phillip Mick Jagger (born July 26, 1943) is a English rock musician, actor, songwriter, record and film producer and businessman. ... Carlos Augusto Alves Santana (born July 20, 1947), is a Grammy Award-winning Mexican-born American Latin rock musician and guitarist. ... Stanley Clarke (born 30 June 1951) is an American musician and composer known for his innovative and influential work on double bass and bass guitar as well as his numerous film and television scores. ... Neal Schon (b. ... Elvin Ray Jones (September 9, 1927 – May 18, 2004) was a jazz drummer. ... Chancer was a British television serial produced by Central Television. ...

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History

Childhood

Jan Hammer was born in Prague, the capital of then Czechoslovakia (today the capital of the Czech Republic). His mother was a well-known Czech singer named Vlasta Průchová, and his father was a doctor who worked his way through school playing vibes and bass. Hammer began playing the piano at the age of four and his formal instruction started two years later. He aspired to follow his father into medicine until a family friend convinced him to develop his musical talents instead. Hammer formed a jazz trio in high school, performing and recording throughout Eastern Europe at the age of fourteen. Upon entrance to the Prague Academy of Musical Arts, he completed many compulsory classes including harmony, counterpoint, music history, and classical composition.


Moving to the United States

When the Soviet Union invaded Czechoslovakia in 1968, Hammer's studies at the Academy were cut short, and he moved to the United States and resolved to become a citizen after receiving a scholarship at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Berklee College of Music, founded in 1945, is an independent music college in Boston, Massachusetts with many prominent faculty, staff, alumni, and visiting artists. ... Boston redirects here. ...


Mahavishnu Orchestra

Upon completion of his studies, Hammer moved to Lower Manhattan and joined the original lineup of the Mahavishnu Orchestra with guitarist John McLaughlin, violinist Jerry Goodman, bassist Rick Laird, and drummer Billy Cobham in 1971. A successful jazz fusion band, they performed some 530 shows before their farewell concert on December 30, 1973. Woolworth Building, looking south along Broadway Lower Manhattan, from the Brooklyn Bridge, 2005 Rigid airship the USS Akron over Lower Manhattan Lower Manhattan is the southernmost part of the island of Manhattan, the main island and center of business and government of the City of New York. ... The original lineup in 1972, featuring Billy Cobham, John McLaughlin, Jerry Goodman, Jan Hammer and Rick Laird. ... John McLaughlin John McLaughlin (aka pinyon)(born January 4, 1942), also Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, is a jazz fusion guitar player from Doncaster, Yorkshire in England. ... Jerry Goodman is an American violinist, mostly known for playing in the fusion jazz band Mahavishnu Orchestra. ... Rick Laird is a jazz musician, born on February 5, 1940. ... Billy Cobham performing on Réunion in October 2006. ... Jazz fusion (or jazz-rock fusion or fusion) is a musical genre that merges elements of jazz with other styles of music, particularly pop, rock, folk, reggae, funk, metal, country, R&B, hip hop, electronic music and world music. ... is the 364th day of the year (365th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ...


Red Gate Studio

After recording albums with Goodman and John Abercrombie (ECM session Timeless with Jack DeJohnette) in 1974, Hammer's solo career began with the release of The First Seven Days (1975). He produced and recorded the album at Red Gate Studio, which he'd built in his upstate New York farmhouse and which has been the location of his recordings ever since. John Abercrombie (born December 16, 1944 in Port Chester, New York) is an American jazz guitarist. ... Timeless is jazz guitarist John Abercrombies debut album as leader, recorded in 1974. ... Jack DeJohnette (b. ... The areas highlighted in YELLOW and GREEN are those which are considered to be a bona fide part of Upstate New York from the perspective of New York City. ...


The Jan Hammer Group

The Jan Hammer Group was formed and supported The First Seven Days on tour, receiving good reviews from both jazz and rock critics. The group turned out three LPs the following year: their own Oh, Yeah? and, with Jeff Beck, the RIAA platinum Wired (with Jan's "Blue Wind"), and Jeff Beck with the Jan Hammer Group Live, a chronicle of their 100-show tour together, certified gold. One final album by the group followed in 1977, Melodies. For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... Geoffrey Arnold (Jeff) Beck (born June 24, 1944 to Arnold and Ethel Beck in Wallington, Greater London) is an English rock guitarist. ... The RIAA Logo. ...


Career work through the Late 70s and Early 80s

Hammer returned to solo work with the release of Black Sheep in 1978, on which he played every instrument. He then formed a new band, known as "Hammer." Also in 1978, he wrote and performed on three songs for Jeff Beck's next album, There and Back which was released in 1980. One of the album tracks, "Star Cycle," went on to become the theme for the British television series The Tube. There and Back is an album by guitarist Jeff Beck, released in 1980 on Epic Records. ... Screenshot of The Tubes neon sign trademark The Tube was an innovative United Kingdom pop/rock music television programme, which ran for 5 series, from 1982 until 1987. ...


The '80s arrived with concurrent (though highly contrasting) projects with two of today's most respected guitarists. In 1977 with Al Di Meola, Hammer recorded Elegant Gypsy. Casino, Splendido Hotel and Electric Rendezvous followed. He then joined Di Meola for a tour chronicled the same year on Tour De Force - Live; and finally appeared throughout Scenario, utilizing his then new Fairlight CMI digital synthesizer and contributing to more than half of the album's compositions. Al Di Meola (born Al Laurence Dimeola July 22, 1954 in Jersey City, New Jersey) is an American jazz fusion and Latin jazz guitarist. ... Elegant Gypsy is a 1977 album by jazz fusion guitarist Al Di Meola Tracks Flight Over Rio Midnight Tango Mediterranean Sundance Race With The Devil On Spanish Highway Lady of Rome Sister of Brazil Elegant Gypsy Suite Category: ... Electric Renedezvous is an album by Al Di Meola released in 1981, after their show with John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucía in Friday Night in San Francisco, who make his second performance in a Meolas album. ... Tour de Force -Live- is a live album by Al Di Meola, released in 1982, and recorded at the Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 4, 1982. ... Scenario is a 1983 album by Jazz-Fusion Guitarist Al DiMeola. ... The Fairlight CMI (Computer Musical Instrument) was the first digital sampling synthesizer. ...


At the same time, the duo known as Schon & Hammer, with the mega-platinum band Journey's guitarist Neal Schon, recorded Untold Passion in 1981 and Here to Stay in 1982. Journey is an American rock band formed in 1973 in San Francisco, California. ... Neal Schon (b. ... Untold Passion is the debut album by the duo of composer Jan Hammer and guitarist Neal Schon. ... Here to Stay is the second album by the duo of composer Jan Hammer and guitarist Neal Schon. ...


Despite his active schedule, Hammer took the stage with Jeff Beck in December 1983 for the nine U.S. benefit concerts that raised money for Ronnie Lane's A.R.M.S. (Action Research into Multiple Sclerosis), featuring Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker and a host of others. Into 1984, his various talents were employed on recordings as diverse as James Young's (Styx) first solo album, City Slicker for which he co-wrote and produced; John Abercrombie's Night; Mick Jagger's first solo album, She's the Boss; and Jeff Beck's Flash which included Hammer's song "Escape", winner of the 1985 Grammy award for "Best Rock Instrumental Performance". Ronald Lane (April 1, 1946 - June 4, 1997) was an English singer, songwriter and bass player (nicknamed Plonk) best known for his membership in two prominent English rock bands, Small Faces (1965-69) and Faces (1970-75). ... James Patrick Jimmy Page, OBE (born 9 January 1944) is an English guitarist, composer and record producer. ... Eric Patrick Clapton CBE (born 30 March 1945), nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. ... Joe Cocker OBE (born 20 May 1944) is an English rock/blues singer who came to popularity in the 1960s, and is most known for his gritty voice and his cover versions of popular songs. ... James J.Y. Young (born 14 November 1949, on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois) is a guitarist and member of the rock band, Styx. ... Styx (pronounced sticks) is an American rock band that was popular in the 1970s and 1980s, with such hits as Come Sail Away, Babe, Lady, Suite Madame Blue, Mr. ... John Abercrombie (born December 16, 1944 in Port Chester, New York) is an American jazz guitarist. ... Sir Michael Phillip Mick Jagger (born July 26, 1943) is a English rock musician, actor, songwriter, record and film producer and businessman. ... Shes the Boss is the solo album debut by Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and was released in 1985. ... Flash is a 1985 album by rock guitarist Jeff Beck. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance has been awarded since 1980. ...


Miami Vice

Hammer's original scores for three major motion pictures complement a long list of credits for documentaries, "made-for-TV" movies in the U.S., commercials, and station identifications. But his greatest challenge came in the fall of 1984, when the producers of Miami Vice enlisted him to commence the rigorous weekly schedule of scoring the series. For the 2006 movie, see Miami Vice (film). ...


The popular success of his music on the series was evident after just one season when, on November 2, 1985, the Miami Vice Soundtrack hit number one on the Billboard Top Pop album charts. The album achieved quadruple-platinum status with U.S. sales of more than four million copies. is the 306th day of the year (307th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Billboard can refer to: Billboard magazine Billboard (advertising) Billboard antenna In 3D computer graphics, to billboard is to rotate an object so that it faces the viewer. ...


At the Grammy awards in February 1986, "Miami Vice Theme" earned Hammer two awards; one for "Best Pop Instrumental Performance" and one for "Best Instrumental Composition." He also earned Emmy award nominations in 1985 and 1986, for "Outstanding Achievement in Musical Composition". At the end of 1986, Hammer won Keyboard Magazine's poll as "Best Studio Synthesist" for a second consecutive year. He had previously won the "Best Lead Synthesist" honor for seven years, at which time he was inducted into the Keyboard Hall of Fame. The Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance has been awarded since 1969. ... The Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media has been awarded since 1960. ... The Primetime Emmy Awards are awards presented by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in recognition of excellence in American primetime television programming. ...


In 1988, Hammer bowed out of full-time musical chores for Miami Vice.


Life after Vice

The first project to spring from the new Red Gate was Hammer's original soundtrack for Clinton and Nadine for HBO Films. HBO Films is a division of the cable television network HBO that produces feature films and miniseries. ...


Hammer's next two assignments contributed greatly to his next album. First, at the end of the summer, he was commissioned to compose and perform a theme entitled "The Runner" for a major series of television advertisements in England that starred Bob Geldof. Second, Hammer composed and performed the theme music for the top-rated new bi-weekly pan-European television series, Eurocops, which premiered in seven countries that November. For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Robert Frederick Xenon Geldof[1], KBE[2], known as Bob Geldof (born 5 October 1951) [3], is an Irish singer, songwriter, actor and political activist. ...


Snapshots was the first full album from the new Red Gate studio in 1989, with Hammer composing, performing and producing every track. The promo video for "Too Much to Lose," the album's first European single, featured Jeff Beck, David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, and Ringo Starr. Geoffrey Arnold (Jeff) Beck (born June 24, 1944 to Arnold and Ethel Beck in Wallington, Greater London) is an English rock guitarist. ... David Jon Gilmour CBE (born March 6, 1946 in Cambridge) is an English musician best known as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter in the band Pink Floyd. ... Pink Floyd are an English rock band that initially earned recognition for their psychedelic rock music, and, as they evolved, for their progressive rock music. ... Richard Starkey Jr, MBE (born 7 July 1940), known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known as the drummer for The Beatles. ...


The 90s

The '90s saw a renewed focus on scoring, starting with I Come In Peace, Curiosity Kills and all twenty episodes of the British television series, Chancer, several episodes of HBO's Tales from the Crypt; a television spot for Amnesty International, featuring Czech president Vaclav Havel, two pilots for NBC, Knight Rider 2000 and News at 12, The Taking of Beverly Hills (Columbia Pictures) and New Line Cinema's Sunset Heat. Chancer was a British television serial produced by Central Television. ... For other uses, see HBO (disambiguation). ... Tales from the Crypt is an American horror anthology TV series that ran from 1989 to 1996 on the premium cable channel HBO. It was based on the 1950s EC Comics series of the same name and was produced by The Geffen Film Company in association with Warner Bros. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Amnesty international Amnesty International (commonly known as Amnesty or AI) is an international non-governmental organization which defines its mission as to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience... Václav Havel [VAWTS-lav HA-vel] (born October 5, 1936) is a Czech writer and dramatist. ... This article is about the television network. ... Knight Rider 2000 is a 1991 sequel movie to the television series Knight Rider. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... The Columbia Pictures logo from 1993 to the present Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ... New Line Cinema, founded in 1967, is one of the major American film studios. ...


Hammer next project was asb composer and performer of the original score for the Miramar Productions video album, Beyond the Mind's Eye. The Minds Eye series consists of several art films rendered using computer-generated imagery of varying levels of sophistication, though it is far outstaged by the CGI used in recent movies such as the The Lord of the Rings adaptations, and even by the early examples in Jurassic Park. ...


1994 was dominated by Hammer's recording of Drive, his first full-fledged album of original new non-soundtrack material under his name in several years. He was reunited with longtime partner Jeff Beck on "Underground", reminiscent of their collaborations of the past.


In 1995, Hammer returned to his scoring and soundtrack work. He began with the one hour Universal drama Vanishing Son, then went on to compose the theme and score for 13 episodes of the series. He composed and performed the original music for two feature films, both released in 1996: A Modern Affair and In the Kingdom of the Blind the Man with One Eye Is King. Hammer wrapped up the year scoring Beastmaster III: The Eye of Braxus. Vanishing Son was part of Universal TVs Action Pack. ...


In 1996, Hammer's scoring assignments included the NBC Movie of the Week, The Babysitter’s Seduction, The Secret Agent Club, and The Corporate Ladder.


Also in 1996 (and through 2000) Hammer was commissioned to compose all the original music for TV Nova, the first commercial television network in Eastern Europe, based in the Czech Republic. He composed everything -- including themes for 23 original shows produced by the network, 50 separate station ID’s, the music for all of the network’s special broadcasts, plus the music for all the news, sports and weather programs. TV Nova is a Czech TV station, founded by Vladimír Železný. It began broadcasting in 1994 as the first privately held nation-wide Czech TV station. ...


In 1997, Hammer also composed the hard-driving rock soundtrack for the new CD-ROM game, Outlaw Racers (MegaMedia). His next project was the theme and original music score for the pilot and the series of Prince Street.


Hammer started off 1999 by writing, performing and producing a tune, "Even Odds" for Jeff Beck’s latest album Who Else! (Epic). Also, 1999 saw the release of The Lost Trident Sessions, the third (and last) studio album from his former group, the Mahavishnu Orchestra. The album was recorded in 1973 just prior to the band's breakup. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The original lineup in 1972, featuring Billy Cobham, John McLaughlin, Jerry Goodman, Jan Hammer and Rick Laird. ...


2000 to Present

Cocaine Cowboys

Jan Hammer produced the original score for Cocaine Cowboys, a 2006 documentary depicting the infamous Miami drug trade scene of the 1980's. Cocaine Cowboys is a documentary film directed by Billy Corben and produced by Miami based rakontur. ... This article is about the city in Florida. ...


Recent Projects

Also in the fall of 2004 Hammer released the album The Best of Miami Vice on the Reality label in the U.S. The Best of Miami Vice contains newly recorded versions of "Miami Vice Theme" and "Crockett’s Theme", as well as one bonus track never before released on CD.


In February 2005, after years of anticipation, Universal Studios Home Entertainment finally released the first season of Miami Vice on three double-sided DVDs. One of the package’s discs contained bonus material, including an extensive interview and archival footage of Hammer creating music for the show back in 1985. Universal Studios Home Entertainment (formerly Universal Studios Home Video or MCA/Universal Home Video) is a home video company founded in 1979. ... For the 2006 movie, see Miami Vice (film). ...


To coincide with the release of the DVD, Reality Records released a newly recorded version of "Crockett’s Theme" to AC (Adult Contemporary) radio in America. Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ...


In 2006, Hammer was asked to collaborate with the singer/rapper TQ for a brand new version of his world hit song "Crockett's Theme". The result of their work was The Jan Hammer Project Featuring TQ (Terrance Quaites): Crockett's Theme. A CD single, this fresh new version of the song climbed up the charts all over Europe, hitting #1 on the iTunes Europe download list. Terrance Quaites (born May 24, 1976 in Mobile, Alabama) is an American R&B singer, known professionally as TQ. // History TQ isnt the first artist to combine hard-core hip-hop lyrical scenarios with a melodic r&b vocal delivery. ... This article is about the iTunes application. ...


Complete Discography and Recording Credits

Solo (as Jan Hammer, the Jan Hammer Group, Hammer):

Album
The Jan Hammer Trio

Maliny Maliny (aka Make Love) (1968) MPS

Jerry Goodman & Jan Hammer

Like Children (1974) Nemperor / Sony

Jan Hammer

The First Seven Days (1975) Nemperor / Sony

Jan Hammer Group

Oh Yeah? (1976) Nemperor / Sony

Jan Hammer Group

Jeff Beck with the Jan Hammer Group Live (1977) Epic

Jan Hammer Group

Melodies (1977) Nemperor / Sony

Hammer

Black Sheep (1978) Elektra / Asylum

Hammer

Hammer (1979) Elektra / Asylum

Neal Schon & Jan Hammer

Untold Passion (1981) Columbia Untold Passion is the debut album by the duo of composer Jan Hammer and guitarist Neal Schon. ...

Neal Schon & Jan Hammer

Here to Stay (1983) Columbia Here to Stay is the second album by the duo of composer Jan Hammer and guitarist Neal Schon. ...

Jan Hammer

Miami Vice (1985) MCA For the 2006 movie, see Miami Vice (film). ...

Jan Hammer

The Early Years (1986) Nemperor / Sony

Jan Hammer

Escape from Television (1987) MCA

Jan Hammer

Snapshots (1989) MCA

Jan Hammer

BEYOND The Mind's Eye (1992) Miramar / MCA

Jan Hammer

Drive (1994) Miramar

Jan Hammer

Snaphots 1.2 (2000) One Way

Jan Hammer

Miami Vice: The Complete Collection (2002) One Way

Jan Hammer

The First Seven Days (Remastered) (2003) Columbia/Legacy

Jan Hammer

The Best of Miami Vice (2004) Reality Records

Jan Hammer

Black Sheep/Hammer (2 CD Set) (2005) Wounded Bird Records

Jan Hammer Project (Featuring TQ)

"Crockett's Theme" (2006) LuckySong/Sony/BMG

With the Mahavishnu Orchestra (Columbia): The original lineup in 1972, featuring Billy Cobham, John McLaughlin, Jerry Goodman, Jan Hammer and Rick Laird. ...

Album
The Mahavishnu Orchestra

The Inner Mounting Flame (1971) The Inner Mounting Flame (1971) is the Mahavishnu Orchestras first studio album. ...

The Mahavishnu Orchestra

Birds of Fire (1972) Birds of Fire (1973) is the Mahavishnu Orchestras second studio album and the last one performed by the original Mahavishnu Orchestra line-up, before Jean-Luc Ponty replaced Jerry Goodman on violin and Narada Michael Walden replaced Billy Cobham on drums. ...

The Mahavishnu Orchestra

Between Nothingness and Eternity (1973) Between Nothingness and Eternity is the 1973 live album by the Mahavishnu Orchestra. ...

The Mahavishnu Orchestra

The Best of The Mahavishnu Orchestra (1980)

The Mahavishnu Orchestra

The Lost Trident Sessions (recorded 1973, released 1999) This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

With Jeff Beck (Epic): Geoffrey Arnold (Jeff) Beck (born June 24, 1944 to Arnold and Ethel Beck in Wallington, Greater London) is an English rock guitarist. ...

Album
Jeff Beck

Wired (1976) Wired is Jeff Becks solo album. ...

Jeff Beck

Jeff Beck with the Jan Hammer Group Live (1977)

Jeff Beck

There and Back (1980) There and Back is an album by guitarist Jeff Beck, released in 1980 on Epic Records. ...

Jeff Beck

Flash (1985)

Jeff Beck

Beckology (1991) Beckology by guitarist Jeff Beck was released in 1991 as a 3 CD career retrospective. ...

Jeff Beck

The Best of Beck (1995)

Jeff Beck

Who Else! (1999) Who Else is an album by Jeff Beck, released in 1999. ...

With Al Di Meola (Columbia): Al Di Meola (born Al Laurence Dimeola July 22, 1954 in Jersey City, New Jersey) is an American jazz fusion and Latin jazz guitarist. ...

Album
Al Di Meola

Elegant Gypsy (1977) Elegant Gypsy is a 1977 album by jazz fusion guitarist Al Di Meola Tracks Flight Over Rio Midnight Tango Mediterranean Sundance Race With The Devil On Spanish Highway Lady of Rome Sister of Brazil Elegant Gypsy Suite Category: ...

Al Di Meola

Hotel Splendido (1980)

Al Di Meola

Electric Rendezvous (1982) Electric Renedezvous is an album by Al Di Meola released in 1981, after their show with John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucía in Friday Night in San Francisco, who make his second performance in a Meolas album. ...

Al Di Meola

Tour De Force - Live (1982) Tour de Force -Live- is a live album by Al Di Meola, released in 1982, and recorded at the Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 4, 1982. ...

Al Di Meola

Scenario (1984) Scenario is a 1983 album by Jazz-Fusion Guitarist Al DiMeola. ...

Al Di Meola

The Electric Anthology (1995)

Al Di Meola

This Is Jazz Volume 31 (1997)

Al Di Meola

Anthology (2000)

With Carlos Santana (Columbia): Carlos Augusto Alves Santana (born July 20, 1947), is a Grammy Award-winning Mexican-born American Latin rock musician and guitarist. ...


With Stanley Clarke (Nemperor): Track listing A Love Supreme - (Coltrane) Naima - (Coltrane) The Life Divine - (McLaughlin) Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord - (trad. ... Stanley Clarke (born 30 June 1951) is an American musician and composer known for his innovative and influential work on double bass and bass guitar as well as his numerous film and television scores. ...

  • Stanley Clarke (1973) - Keyboards


With Billy Cobham (Atlantic): Billy Cobham performing on Réunion in October 2006. ...

  • Spectrum (1973) - Keyboards


With John Abercrombie (ECM): John Abercrombie (born October 10, 1780 in Aberdeen; died November 14, 1844 in Edinburgh) was a Scottish physician and philosopher. ...

  • Timeless - Keyboards
  • Night (1984) - Keyboards


With The Freelance Hellraiser (Sony/BMG): Timeless is jazz guitarist John Abercrombies debut album as leader, recorded in 1974. ... The Freelance Hellraiser (née Roy Kerr) is one of the most respected creators of the UK bootleg scene. ...

  • Waiting For Clearance (2006) - Keyboards


With Tommy Bolin (Atlantic): Thomas Richard Tommy Bolin (August 1, 1951, Sioux City, Iowa - December 4, 1976) was an American-born guitarist best known for his work with Zephyr (from 1969 to 1971), The James Gang (from 1973 through 1974), Deep Purple (from 1975 to 1976) and his solo work. ...

  • Teaser (1975) - Keyboards, Drums
  • From The Archives Vol. 1 (1996) - Keyboards


With Elvin Jones (Blue Note): Elvin Ray Jones (September 9, 1927 – May 18, 2004) was a jazz drummer. ...

  • Merry-Go-Round (session December 16, 1971) - Piano
  • Mr. Jones (sessions July 12 & 13, 1972) - Piano
  • The Prime Element (sessions July 24-26, 1973) - Keyboards


With Elvin Jones (P.M.): Elvin Ray Jones (September 9, 1927 – May 18, 2004) was a jazz drummer. ...

  • On the Mountain (1975) - Keyboards


With Glen Moore (Elektra): Glen Moore is a jazz bassist who occasionally performs on piano, flute and violin. ...

  • Introducing Glen Moore (1978) - Drums


With Tony Williams (Columbia): Tony Williams (December 12, 1945 – February 23, 1997) was an African American jazz drummer. ...

  • The Joy of Flying (1979) - Keyboards


With Mick Jagger (Columbia): Sir Michael Phillip Mick Jagger (born July 26, 1943) is a English rock musician, actor, songwriter, record and film producer and businessman. ...

  • She's the Boss (1985) - Keyboards


With James Young (Passport): James Youngs gravestone in Inverkip (photo by Thomas Nugent) James Young (13 July 1811–May 13, 1883), a Scottish chemist, was born in Glasgow, the son of a joiner and carpenter. ...

  • City Slicker (1985) - Keyboards, Drums


With Clarence Clemons (Columbia): Clarence Clemons (born January 11, 1942 in Norfolk, Virginia) is an American musician, best known as the saxophonist in Bruce Springsteens E Street Band. ...

  • An Evening With Mr. C (1989) - Keyboards, Drums

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