Jan Hammer & Jerry Goodman: I Remember Me


I Remember Me


Jan Hammer (keyboards, percussion) and Jerry Goodman (violin, guitar)


Like Children (Wounded Bird Records WOU-430)

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Jan Hammer (keyboards, percussion), Jerry Goodman (violin, guitar).

Composed by Jan Hammer


Recorded: Nederland, Colorado, March 1974


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Jan Hammer and Jerry Goodman got together right after the original Mahavishnu Orchestra disbanded to record Like Children. It was a long and difficult recording due in most part to Jerry Goodman not being satisfied. Goodman has battled the issue of self-confidence his entire career. You may read further about this in my review of Goodman's "Endless November."

The brief "I Remember Me" is a sensitive, dark portrayal of the psyche. Hammer's composition is a slow haunt. Goodman's pining violin floats above a repeating Hammer riff of lost chances. One wonders if the subdued hues on display reflected the attitude of the players at that difficult time. Either way, if music is about communication, then "I Remember Me" graphically and effectively tells a troubled tale. It really makes you think. That is good to do from time to time.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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