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There seems to be an error in this text, it claims that "Miami Vice Theme" is one of two instrumental songs reaching the top of the billboard charts along with "Theme from SWAT", although here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vangelis it mentions that the "Chariots of Fire" Theme was the only other instrumental title to reach the top of the billboard charts?

I'll do some research on that one... Vytal 03:02, 3 September 2007 (UTC)

It turns out that they are several. "Peter Gunn", "S.W.A.T.", "Chariots of Fire" and likely more if one is inclined to keep looking... Vytal 20:30, 3 September 2007 (UTC)


The Discography is missing an album Jan Hammer made with Jerry Goodman called "Like Children" in 1975 - I added this today Lindfib 16:19, 20 December 2006 (UTC)Bruce Lindfield

Also missing from the discography are two albums he made with John Abercrombie: "Timeless" (1974) and "Night" (1984) both on ECM

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Tone and content[edit]

Much of Hammer's biography appears to be lifted directly from the Jan Hammer Homepage (http://users.tkk.fi/~tahola/jhammer/bio2.html). There is an excessively fannish tone, and most of it reads like a press release. Does anyone agree? Vytal 02:59, 3 September 2007 (UTC)

The first half is almost identical to the liner notes of Escape from Television.  That in itself seems reason enough to erase it and start over.    Xeriphas1994 23:49, 15 October 2007 (UTC)

This is Elliott Sears, Jan Hammer's manager since 1975. It appears that whoever started this article is a Jan Hammer fan and lifted things from the Jan Hammer Homepage (an unofficial site). However most of the text on the Homepage was in fact actually lifted from the Official Jan Hammer web site www.janhammer.com. On Jan's site we painstakingly wrote and re-wrote things for the sake of accuracy. It is after all a bio. No personal opinions or bias from our side, strictly facts. Within the Wikipedia article there have been some omissions and inaccurate facts that I will be changing and add/or adding. If you wish to contact me go to www.janhammer.com and on the MAIN PAGE there is a CONTACT button. I will gladly discuss any issue. esearsii —Preceding undated comment was added at 20:18, 8 January 2009 (UTC).

Hello there.  If this is really Elliott Sears, then I personally am very glad you are here; you probably know a lot more about early-70s fusion than any of us.  :>   Please keep in mind, however, that many editors are wary of actions claiming affiliation with an article's subject (due to Wikipedia's prominence, huge amounts in revenue or reputation may be at stake).  For example, some employees of the U.S. Congress watch their representatives' articles very closely [1].  See WP:COI for other advantages and disadvantages of declaring your real-life identity when you contribute.
Biographies of living persons, like this one, can easily become controversial because they carry increased legal and ethical implications for Wikipedia.  I see that the article has been tagged as unsourced since my last visit; that means it is probably on the watchlist of at least one admin.  Interpretations of the BLP policy vary widely, it seems, and editors inserting unsourced material are occasionally reverted and blocked without discussion (even though the current wording of the rule doesn't quite allow that).  Therefore, as it says underneath this edit window, encyclopedic content must always cite independent sources in the bibliography.  "Please contact me with any issues" is not sufficient, especially if someone tries it 100 years from now.  :>
Regarding the bio from the web site, I am sure it was written by responsible persons.  However, according to Wikipedia's terms of use, it cannot be included unless released under a free license (which basically allows unlimited reproduction, modification, and distribution, including commercial distribution).  Such a statement would probably have to come from MCA, not from you, but I suppose you could contact WP:OTRS to get the ball rolling.
Anyway, I hope that's not too much boilerplate for your first venture... and in case no one else has said it yet, welcome to Wikipedia, and happy editing!    Xeriphas1994 (talk) 20:37, 27 August 2009 (UTC)

Neutrality[edit]

As some recent edits were made to this article by someone alledging themselves to be Jan Hammers manager, Elliot Sears III, I would dispute the NPOV of these edits, and am concerned about a possible conflict of interest. Wuhwuzdat (talk) 21:36, 7 January 2009 (UTC)

Hi Jeff:

This is Elliott Sears, Jan Hammer's manager since 1975. Prior to that I was the road manager for the Mahavishnu Orchestra from its inception in 1971 until they broke up so I have actually worked with Jan for 38 years. The edits I recently made were simple additions to the article. For instance in the Background section I added Film Composer to (Genres), Producer to (Occupation) and changing 1971 to 1968 in the (Active) listing. Jan's first album Maliny Maliny was recorded in 1968 and is being reissued by Universal in February of 2009. Also Jan had recorded in Prague prior to that including scoring a famous Czech Film (you can go to IMDB) to verify this. The other additions I made were to his solo discography adding 2 recent albums, the Cocaine Cowboys Soundtrack and Jan Hammer Group Live In New York. I will be making some additional changes for the purpose of clarity and accuracy. If you wish to contact me go to www.janhammer.com and click on the Contact button.

PS I grew up in Chicago and have been friends with Jerry Goodman since thrd grade. He was the one who got me into the music business starting with Mahavishnu. User: esearsii (talk) —Preceding undated comment was added at 19:54, 8 January 2009 (UTC).

pronunciation[edit]

Which language is the pronunciation supposed to be in? It isn't English, and it isn't Czech. kwami (talk) 02:23, 14 May 2009 (UTC)

test —Preceding unsigned comment added by 75.84.126.36 (talk) 11:00, 4 April 2010 (UTC)

Photo[edit]

Would someone please trim some of the top of his photo in the infobox? Thanks. --Leahtwosaints (talk) 22:28, 7 October 2012 (UTC)