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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. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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bob223489
Aimless? Like some putz critic I guess?
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.
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.
Oh Yeah!!
ruslan62
Saw him in Guitar Passions tour last year. Amazing technique!
calledaccord i n g l y
One of his best
tomman30
Awesome piece...
I sat about five feet away from him at the Blue Note in 1989. Got dizzy watching the fingers move.
Relax.....
cynt1818
Nice, relaxing, and smooth jazz
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!
adnovak4
He is totally wrong! Stanley is simply amazing.
The reviewer should know that bios are based on facts, not opinions...
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.
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.
This critic doesn't know what he's talking about. Stanley Jordan is great at what he does
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...
I have seen him perform at the last two Moe Downs. Totally blows me away with his talent!!!
Love his music washes my worries away
love this song
jcolon1264
Nice job on MJs song I love it
If ever a song brought back a flood of happy happy times, its this one. MAGIC.
Wonderful, timeless Jordan.
Always fabulous!
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
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
rcombs50
Dateline 1-31-2013: I just saw Stanley Jordan at Yoshi's. Having seen Jordan before, he was as awesome as ever and actually seemed fully engaged in a period of exploration and self-discvoe r y , even reflected by his new look, and sharing the stage with other artists (last night with Mimi Fox). I saw him smile on stage more than I've ever seen before, unusual for the usually reserved Jordan I'm accustomed to seeing. Contrary to Scott Yonow's superficial view of Jordon's career being surprisingl
Caught his show at Ruth B Shannon Theater Whittier CA USA 1.25.13 Still marvelous
dbiderman777
Stan The Man!!!
healingtouch 3 2
Stanley made an appearence in the movie Blind Date with Bruce Willis and Kim Bassinger. That was the scene where she drinks the champagne.
motley_milwo o d
Saw him in Rochester, NY in '82 when hardly anyone, myself included, heard of him. To this day, I have never seen an audience as mesmerized by any performer as I experienced at that concert.
i understand a musician needing space.
in other words hes better than the music he puts out.. wich could be a way of keeping intact with his betterself, its probably how he gets better
its basically saying that he transcends everything thats being released as a song/album/w h a t e v e r . . .
I have to disagree with the bio that says his career has been aimless. I saw Stanley play in Princeton when he was going to school there back in 1982. He blew me away so much that I became a convert on the spot. As a result of seeing him play, I have now been playing two hand myself for the last 30 years. Stanley continues to blow me away every time I see him play live. Not only did he pioneer the style of two hand but he will probably never be surpassed for sheer musicality and virtuosity.
Aimless...?? ? ? That's your perspective and your welcomed to it, I don't agree personally. I first met Stanley when he had just arrived in NYC, I was a street musician for some years by then, playing Central Park mostly. Well the DAY Stanley set up on the bench near the bandshell it was obvious to EVERYONE instantly that we were witness to Greatness, wow I turn 55yr old today and that is one of the special memories I've compiled over the years...Than k s Stanley for staying with it and pushing your
stanley is such a bad mother f**ker. the liner notes says he wastes his talents but oooh noo! I saw this mo fo play in State bridge Colorado. under the stars and the CO river roaring. such a freakin great show.
very nice indeed
uniquely talented guitarist(ha s his own sound to it).
matt.daily
I saw S.J. at the Soiled Dove in Denver two weeks ago; hadn't seen him for 10 years or more. It was an intimate setting, and ideal to catch nuances and his sublime talent. Jaw-dropping chops; he's out-of-bound s creatively, and you may shake your head (as I did) while witnessing his talent. And if you don't believe he has the respect of the jazz community, check out who has accompanied him on his latest recordings. Catch him live; you'll be an everlasting fan.
shawn.ortiz
Any one remember that he first played bass? He revolutioniz e d the instrument as a jazz lead instrument as opposed to its traditional use in just keeping and holding down the bottom. Yea, I'm 60 and proud of every moment spent as a percussionis t and a music fan as far back as Miles Dewey Davis playing second bill to the Grateful Dead at S.F.'s Fillmore.... h u m m m m !
alan4404
Seeing and hearing him perform live is something beyond words. He is quite the musical Zen master - innovative, and a deeply spiritual improvisatio n i s t . A delightful gift from God!
samangulo
Saw him play while on 2010 Smooth Jazz Cruise. Went with high expectations of seeing both Earl Klugh and Peter White, while knowing little about Stanley Jordan. As expected, Klugh and White were awesome. But, Jordan absolutely blew me away! You have to see him to believe what your ears are hearing! To this day, he's still a true prodigy! (He's still very youthful looking and is almost painfully soft-spoken. But, what a uniquely talented artist!) Thanks for including him in Pandora inventory.
ra_0608coult e r
Playing the Hell out of this guitar...Sou n d s Very Good....
I can't wait to see Stanley Jordan at the Jazz Festival - Whistler Jazz on the Mountain. Labor Day Weekend.
Check out the video. http://www.y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v = k w v 3 0 2 a G - G Y
tnovest
MEL L. i feel it's insulting and degradeing for scott yanow,rovi to question stanley jordan on what he use's his god given talent's on,it's his choice,all great mind's have greater and less works in their field of expertise such as,micheal angelo,pablo , e i n s t e i n etc. that's their uniqueness
kevin1697
I wonder if he's ever tried the Chapman Stick...soun d s similar.
he plays the guitar like a piano,,,,,no w that's original!!!
His playing was groundbreaki n g when it came out. After all these years he's also shown to be one of a kind. I don't know of anyone as prominent as him that plays this way.
got introduced to Stanley Jordan in the old firehouse club in Houston,Tx. in the mid 80's. Fabulous performer and true pioneer on the six or twelve string. A "beast" on Eleanor Rigby. Just listen to the fret magic this guy puts into his music. Huge Fan!!
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