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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

1. Get To Grips

2. Blues Grinder

3. After Hours (The Antidote)

4. See The New

5. So What

6. Show Me (Your Love)

7. Nite Spice

8. Summer Smile

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janice.johns o n 2
Me too...RIP Ronnie.
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I was sad to hear about Ronnie Jordan last vex his style and his mother sic is so awesome gone but not forgotten
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R.I.P. RONNIE real smooth tune can listen to this all day!
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Jordan is one the best jazz muscian
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The Great one's leave us much to soon. May he Rest in piece. Love ur music. Thank you.
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ebouler3
Didnt no Ronnie J (as i callm) had passed!! Wow!! R i p brutha!! Stil luv ur music. Man cant believe he gone!!
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"May He R.I.P."
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"Man! I LOVE the way he works those Strings.."
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huletgatesii i
Brother had a fresh way of delivering music
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Love, love, love this music! Smooth jazz is my fav kind of music and this is one I truly love!
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DONT READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSES ON THE NEAREST FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you've been reading this don't stop. If you ignore it you will have bad luck. Post this on 15 other songs in 143 minutes. When your done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on your screen. It's freaky cause it actually works
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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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