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Stanley Jordan

Stanley Jordan's discovery in the early '80s rightfully earned a lot of headlines in the jazz world as he came up with a new way of playing guitar. Although he was not the first to use tapping, Jordan's extensive expertise gave him the ability to play two completely independent lines on the guitar (as if it were a keyboard) or, when he wanted, two guitars at a time. He had originally studied piano, although he switched to guitar when he was 11. After graduating from Princeton in 1981, Jordan played for a time on the streets of New York. Soon he was discovered, had the opportunity to play with Benny Carter and Dizzy Gillespie, and, after recording a solo album for his own Tangent label, signed with Blue Note. Since then, his career has been surprisingly aimless. Stanley Jordan can play amazing jazz, but he often wastes his talent on lesser material, so one has to be picky in deciding which of his recordings to acquire. Among his many albums are 1985's Magic Touch, 1986's Standards, Vol. 1, 1990's Stolen Moments, 1994's Bolero, 2003's Dreams of Peace, and 2008's State of Nature. In 2011, Jordan was joined by an all-star lineup featuring saxophonist Kenny Garrett, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Kenwood Dennard for the album Friends. In 2015, Jordan paired up with fellow guitarist Kevin Eubanks for the eclectic, laid-back covers album Duets, which also showcased his piano skills. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography

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Track List: State Of Nature

1. A Place In Space

2. All Blues

3. Forest Garden

4. Insensatez (How Insensitive)

5. Mozart's Piano Concerto #21 (Adante In F Major)

6. Song For My Father

7. Mind Games #1

8. Ocean Breeze

9. Healing Waves

10. Mind Games #2

11. Shadow Dance

12. Mind Games #3

13. Prayer For The Sea

14. Steppin' Out

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Track List: Live In New York

2. Autumn Leaves

3. For You

5. Flying Home

6. Willow Weep For Me

8. Still Got The Blues

9. The Lady In My Life

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Track List: Best Of Stanley Jordan

2. Eleanor Rigby

3. The Lady In My Life

4. All The Children

6. My Favorite Things

7. Georgia On My Mind

8. Stairway To Heaven

9. Flying Home

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Track List: Bolero

1. Bolero

2. Always And Forever

3. Chameleon

4. Betcha By Golly Wow

5. Drifting

6. Plato's Blues

7. Always And Forever (Solo Reprise)

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Track List: Stolen Moments

1. Stairway To Heaven (Live)

2. Impressions (Live)

3. Lady In My Life (Live)

4. Autumn Leaves (Live)

5. Stolen Moments (Live)

6. Return Expedition (Live)

7. Over The Rainbow (Live)

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Track List: Cornucopia

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Track List: Magic Touch

1. Eleanor Rigby

2. Freddie Freeloader

3. Round Midnight

4. All The Children

5. The Lady In My Life

6. Angel

7. Fundance

8. New Love

9. Return Expedition

10. A Child Is Born

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Terrible bio. What about the Grammy. Terrible whoever you are!
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What a horrible bio, and quite disrespectfu l . That's not a bio, buddy. That's an opinion.
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That's not a bio, buddy. That's an opinion.
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jmitchell767
Really Scott? Aimless? Wasted talent? I've heard most of his work and, without exception, it is incredible. He is the finest Jazz musician, and one of the finest musicians of our time.
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carolbeelynx
I want to skip to this. So happy.
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Nice!!!!
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ebouler3
Jordan makes dis classic c*m alive. Unique style n dynamic supporting musicians make dis thang pop!! Long tym follower!!
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Simply smooth keep it going Stanley play 4 da people not da criticism saw him n Detroit n 15 very humble person
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Love this tune, reminds me of living in SoCal in the mid-80's!
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tburnham617
Sunset on the beaches...
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tburnham617
Brings back memories of the 80's.
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tburnham617
Smooth...... .
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VERY NICE VERSION OF "STAIRWAY"
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This may be one of the most musically talented persons out there. Amazing array of music, tones and collaboratio n I have heard in a very long time. Will be getting into his sounds!
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dnishitani
This is the best music to a human;s ears
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Real cool jazz!
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Ladys and gents i had change to watch me grow. I used to watch me play in the hall of old school. And turn around her the song the air amazing!
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ubm3
When sophisticati o n is realized through music, you get this depth of sound.
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fiftygees50
Super Star!
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rgn132
Wow played fast
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Mellow-love this!
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harold.nesbi t t
That's a remake
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Love this song
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As I sit on the beach, watching the sunset over the Golden Gate bridge, with this song playing in the background, I ponder on what my day was like, and I smile, today was a good day and what a way to see it end with a great song, fantastic !!!!!
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bob223489
Aimless? Like some putz critic I guess?
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Tommy Emmanuel can show you how amazing a normal person who practices guitar 8 hours a day for 40 years can become. But Stanley shows you what happens when an other worldly genius picks up a guitar. The world won't see his equal for 100 years.
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Yes, aimless. Aimlessly bringing joy and beauty to the world through his talent and using it to make people happy. I only wish I could be so aimless.
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Oh Yeah!!
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ruslan62
Saw him in Guitar Passions tour last year. Amazing technique!
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calledaccord i n g l y
One of his best
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tomman30
Awesome piece...
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I sat about five feet away from him at the Blue Note in 1989. Got dizzy watching the fingers move.
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Relax.....
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cynt1818
Nice, relaxing, and smooth jazz
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Just saw him last week at the Iriidium in NYC. Was supposed to be a trio with Charnett Moffitt and Kenwood Dennard. Moffitt was out sick. part way through the show they brought up Delmar Brown who jumped right on the keys and the show escalated into a very raucous jam sessions that left eyes wide open and mouths ajar. First time seeing live. Loved every second of it!
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adnovak4
He is totally wrong! Stanley is simply amazing.
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The reviewer should know that bios are based on facts, not opinions...
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9000rpm
That reviewer definitely has a disdain for contemporary jazz artists. It's very consistent and honestly one of the reasons I'm not renewing Pandora One when my subscription runs out.
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He isn't totally incorrect some artist lack a certain ambition for over the fame, I purchased Cornucopia in 1990 my one and only Stanley, but its good.
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This critic doesn't know what he's talking about. Stanley Jordan is great at what he does
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Who's this critic, seemingly to arrogantly state, but he often wastes his talent on lesser material, so one has to be picky in deciding which of his recordings to acquire. You should be so flipping fortunate to able to afford to be...pickyy. Arse...
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I have seen him perform at the last two Moe Downs. Totally blows me away with his talent!!!
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Love his music washes my worries away
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love this song
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jcolon1264
Nice job on MJs song I love it
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If ever a song brought back a flood of happy happy times, its this one. MAGIC.
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Wonderful, timeless Jordan.
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Always fabulous!
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I can understand where the person who did this bio is coming from as far as Stanley's albums. His 1st release is amazing but some of his others like "Stolen Moments" don't do justice to his considerable talents. I will add that I had the honor of not only seeing him play live but my college band opened up for him. He did some of the most outrageously ridiculous things during his sound check with the guitar and piano. Finally I had the blessing of hanging out with him after the show and he is 1
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I had the distinct pleasure of bringing Stanley Jordan on stage with Tim Reynolds, Greg Koch, and a few other amazing guitarists for the All Star Guitar Night benefit concert in Madison, WI. He may be shy and quiet when you meet him but his style and emotional connection to the guitar is something I've never heard before
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