Neal Schon & Jan Hammer: The Ride


The Ride


Neal Schon (guitar, guitar synthesizer) and Jan Hammer (drums, keyboards, synthesizers)


Untold Passion (Sony SRCS 6188)

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Neal Schon (guitar, guitar synthesizer), Jan Hammer (drums, keyboards, synthesizers),

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

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