Jan Hammer: Maliny Maliny


Maliny Maliny


Jan Hammer (keyboards)


Maliny Maliny (MPS 1784595)

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Jan Hammer (keyboards), George Mraz (bass),

Cees See (drums)


Composed by Jan Hammer


Recorded: Munich, Germany, August 1968


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

Another one of the great ideas of my life that I never took to fruition occurred to me the very first time I put the LP version of Maliny Maliny, then known as Make Love, on my turntable back in 1976. From the start, I was bothered by the crowd noise from this live recording. You could hear glasses clink and silverware clang. It disturbed me. As I became a more educated listener through the years, I came to realize that such noises were integral parts of performance, and I came to love them. But I was still comparatively young and inexperienced in 1976. I immediately put my mind to thinking about how to eliminate those awful sounds from any future nightclub recordings. It came to me during the second or third cut. Of course, rubber eating utensils were the answer! And why not rubber drinking glasses too? What a brilliant idea. It was such a brilliant idea that it appears no one has attempted it yet. The way live music venues are going out of business these days, the market for "nightclub utensils" has probably dried up anyway.

There is some clinging and clanging that ushers in the title cut. And the crowd talks though much of this quiet ballad as well. But don't let that bother you. Drink it all in. The tune's introduction is a deep Hammer piano exploration. The piano drops out. Bassist George Mraz expresses his feelings in a solo of his own. The trio then introduces one of the loveliest melodies ever to come out of Hammer's head. You can imagine this piece being played in any style with any instrumentation. It would be satisfying under all circumstances. Even as the tune takes on a swinging attitude, the melody remains in your head. After some impressive riffing measures, the gorgeous theme returns to end the piece. You are gloriously sated. "Maliny Maliny" is a beautiful statement of intent and resolution. (Rubber utensils or not.)

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky


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