Jan Hammer + Jeff Beck Perform ‘Star Cycle’ Live

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This video captures a live performance by the late Jeff Beck & Jan Hammer of Hammer’s composition, Star Cycle.

The performance is from a concert at the Hollywood Bowl in 2016, in celebration of Jeff Beck’s 50 year musical career. It highlights the musical chemistry between Beck and Hammer. Hammer is known for holding his own onstage with guitarists, including Beck, Al Di Meola, Carlos Santana, Neal Schon and even Eddie Van Halen.

Star Cycle comes from Beck’s 1980 album There and Back. The track may sound familiar to some listeners, because of its similarity to Hammer’s iconic theme to Miami Vice, from 1984.

The performance features the following performers:

Jeff Beck: Lead Guitar
Jan Hammer: Keyboards
Carmen Vandenberg: Rhythm Guitar
Rhonda Smith: Bass Guitar
Jonathan Joseph: Drums

While Hammer is sometimes celebrated for bring a rock sensibility to television soundtracks, the Miami Vice sound is inextricably tied to jazz fusion of the early 80s. His work with Jeff Beck on There and Back and with Al Di Meola on Scenario are clear precursors to his Miami Vice score.

Check it out and share your thoughts in the comments!

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