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Ronny Jordan

One of the acid jazz movement's most prominent guitarists, London-born Ronny Jordan was widely credited with returning the instrument to its rightful place as a major force in modern-day jazz; despite outcries from purists, few other artists of his era proved more pivotal in knocking down the long-immutable boundaries of contemporary black music. The son of a preacher, Jordan's early musical history was rooted in gospel; his first public performances were with gospel groups, but the outbreak of Brit-funk during the early '80s led him to begin exploring other avenues of music, culminating in a fascination with jazz. A self-taught guitarist, his early influences included Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, and Grant Green, and when hip-hop began to take off, Jordan started exploring ways to fuse jazz and rap together. The first fruit of his endeavors was the single "After Hours," a primitive foray into what would eventually become known as acid jazz. Record companies initially wanted no part of Jordan's music, but when his distinctive cover of the Miles Davis classic "So What" became a hit, it was clear something was afoot. He soon released his debut LP, 1992's Antidote, but it was rapper Guru's breakthrough 1993 album, Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1, on which Jordan's guitar work was prominently featured, that made acid jazz a viable proposition. He subsequently issued such albums as 1993's Quiet Revolution, 1996's Light to Dark, 2000's Brighter Day, and 2003's At Last. Ronny Jordan died in January 2014 at the age of 51. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: After 8

1. After 8

2. 7th Heaven

3. Goin' Uptown

4. Caught Up

5. Say No More

6. Search To Find

7. Steppin' Out

8. I Remember You

9. Lighthouse

10. Bahia Magic

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Track List: At Last

1. At Last

2. Nite And Day

3. Heaven

4. You Might Need Somebody (feat. Crystal Lake)

5. Word Of Mouth

6. Tease

7. Rondezvous

8. Island Paradise

9. (In) The Limelight

10. St Tropez (Club Mix)

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Track List: The Quiet Revolution

1. Season For Change

2. In Full Swing

3. Slam In A Jam

4. Mr. Walker

5. The Jackal

6. Come With Me

7. The Morning After

8. Under Your Spell

9. Tinsel Town

10. Vanston Place (00 AM)

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Track List: The Antidote

2. Blues Grinder

3. After Hours (The Antidote)

5. So What

7. Nite Spice

8. Summer Smile

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Long live Wes Montgomery through Ronny Jordan. Rock on Ronny
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Love his music! I'm 31 & this sound knows no bounds! My parents had me listening to NY's 101.9 Smooth Jazz FM..Was my absolute fave; Any group of ppl that's happened to have been around me while groovin' out to this, Marion Meadows, Spyro Gyra, Fourplay, Cindi Abair, etc. while: driving, at work, lounging about, writing, you name it winds up boppin' along with me..Soothes, yet pleasantly invigorates the soul..My man! Thankful God has allowed you to bless us with your style while here in this Ear
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I think it was 92' or 93' I had Compton's Most Wanted and this was sampled. Good music last forever.
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gthing67
Love this s**t
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rosebrook796
I enjoy his music esp " Heaven " where hopefully he went.
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I love After Hours!!!!! and think about Ronny every time it comes on. I was shocked by his sudden passing. Thank you for the music RJ!
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RIP Ronny! Thank you for the wonderful music.
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One of the best RIP Your music is soul music, Music that is heard in the soul is heard by the universe
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Great Sound
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Man this is a great sound
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very good excelent
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A Classic unmistakable sound......
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love home this!
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Love this music no longer here music lives on
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I Remember You
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Master Piece... classic..
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In January of 2014 the world lost a sensational gutarist and man of soul... Mr. Ronny Jordan... At age 51, his world was just beginning to blossom... Rest in Peace Mr. Jordan... You're music lives on. God be with you.
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patkatny
Say iPhone 5 times
Pick a color
Post this to 5 songs
Look under your pillow
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Stanley Jordan was in Blind Date.
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love this tune!
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The man is real slick!
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I believe he was in the movie "Blind Date with Bruce Willis back in the 80's with Kim Ballinger playing lounge music in the first part of the movie. Can anyone enlighten me on this factoid?
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Hey: dkofvea3. Quit expressing so much negativity. Think more positive. Get a hobby. Get a wife. Get a life. The bottle is half full. Not hall empty. Being alone does not have to be lonely. Do something for somebody less fortunate.
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First Mandela. Jordan. BB king. Damnificados . See what it is.. Life f#cked up. Hemispheres. Rush. Permanent waves. Afterimages. I can feel it in the air tonight. U work u live. U die. Anyone found love? Or is it RIP love ??? F%&$@$%ck. Loneliness sucks. It isnt fair. And God has sense of humor? Where is the joy in being loveless? Homeless? Jobless? Free. Alone. Poor. Primordial. Dogged out. Tired. Useless. Afraid. Called names. Shat upon. Used. Abused. F**ked. Forgotten. Humped. Dumped and pum
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Miss him, RIP
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this is my dude right here pure jazz g.
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One of the greatest Jazz Guitarists .... R.I.P.
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..great talent left way,way too soon....glad to have his songs for all of us to continue to enjoy and listen to.......he' s playin' in the great group upstairs.... .
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Thanks for leaving us After Hours, smooth jazz classic.
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Ronny Jordon
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Gone much too soon.
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I have been a fan since his debut album. He has left a lasting legacy. RIP Ronny Jordan.
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davist19637
This cut is so smooth he was one of the best...RIP!
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RIP Mr. Jordan! One of the best guitarists that ever touched the instrument
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I am liking this Ronnie Jordan... reminds me of Tisdale... cool sound with a hip--hop twist. Love it!
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candythecoug a r
One of myfavorite tunes on 107.5 the Oasis... Thanks Mr. Jordan
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Awesome
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Smooth as silk and just as sensuous-lai d back, stay in bed Sunday lovin' the day away.
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A true smooth jazz classic, a favorite on KKSF 103.7 FM, we lost them but we have you, thank you for that, you play music worth listening to
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Great music Ronnie... RIP BROTHER.
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RIP Ron
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kathy222kay
wow sooo good
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Niki manaj
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OMG, I had no idea that Ronny had passed away back in January, untill I watch the Soul Train Awawds. What a great musician, r.i.p Ronny, 1962-2014.
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Another fine Guitarist ! Mr Jordan hands up ! 10
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Sexy groove not only will this piece talk to you, it will the you what to do!
Grown folk music!
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This has always been one of the favorite guitar pieces, so mellow. Didn't know the guitarist until now. Another talented musician gone too soon.
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phyllyg60
Ronny Jordan was a class act, and would have been a magnificent jazz guitar force, had he lived. I had the privilege of seeing him, solo, in a small club next to Fenway Park, Boston. I will miss his music.
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jazzkaw
His talent will be missed...Sim p l y love him.
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