The Miami Vice Theme By Jan Hammer; A Living, Breathing TV Theme

Jazz/Fusion Instrumentalist & Film Conposer Jan Hammer

Jan Hammer is a composer and pianist/keyboardist initially known for his role in the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Also, he has successfully collaborated with musicians such as Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Al Di Meola and Stanley Clarke on various projects.

Jan Hammer‘s composition of the Miami Vice theme is remarkable in that the energy though synthesized, to me, always sounds as fresh as if it wasn’t. Palm trees, bikinis and cars oh my, are engraved on my mind’s eyeball as per every time I hear this amazing theme. Jan Hammer credits the success of his efforts to executive producer Michael Mann for allowing him creative freedom in scoring Miami Vice overall.

Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) & Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas) Doing What They Do Best; Looking Good.

The sounds are great because, they don’t pretend to be anything other than what they are when they enter your ear. You may try to pigeon hole them but, you’ll find they don’t really sound like anything other than what you hear- that’s what I love; the sounds, very original in timbre and the composition, very interesting in form, sum it up for me.

So let’s click and take a very fast ride in that beautiful black 1972 Ferrari Daytona Spyder 365 GTS/4 (my fave out of all of them) down Collins Avenue to conjure some fun pastel memories…

Personnel as determined: Jan Hammer music technology.

*The TV themes that stay with me reflect every character, every episode, the times the series took place in AND the genre of theatre applicable; fresh forever in my music mind.


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