Neal Schon & Jan Hammer: The Ride
Untold Passion (Sony SRCS 6188)
Colin Hodgkinson (bass).
Composed by Jan Hammer.
Recorded: Kent, NY, 1981
Rating: 83/100 (learn more)
This isn't the heaviest lifting either one of these guys has ever done. Cheerily joined by bassist Colin Hodgkinson, Schon and Hammer take us for a little trip through a countryside amusement park. It's a bright sunny day. The smell of popcorn and cotton candy is everywhere. There is a bounce in everyone's step, and in Jan Hammer's fingers. If you listen carefully, you can almost hear the sounds of a futuristic calliope. Schon sticks mostly to pleasant power chords until he rides the Goliath. He decides to shred for that. Good for him. I would puke. Roller coasters scare the bejesus out of me. Listening to "The Ride" isn't what I'd consider an E ticket. But it is fun. I would call it jazz fusion served up in a snow cone.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky