Jan Hammer

Maliny Maliny

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In 1968, long before he became a jazz-rock fusion synthesizer hero, Jan Hammer was a 20-year-old pianist/organist just recently departed from his native Czechoslovakia. Before moving to the States, he stopped over in Germany long enough to record this live trio set. MALINY MALINY finds Hammer laying down some bold, visceral keyboard work in a groove-heavy soul-jazz/hard-bop vein, backed by American bassist George Mraz and German drummer Cees See, his bravura style giving only a hint of things to come.

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