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Stanley Jordan at Tabarka Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Stanley Jordan at Tabarka Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Andrea Rotili


After a hiatus of several years, Jazz à Tabarka, the festival established in 1973 by Mourad Mathari, ran again from July 22-29. As usual it featured a full program of pop, rock and jazz in the heart of Tunisia. On 28 July the festival featured legendary guitarist Stanley Jordan, who mesmerized the audience with his extraordinary technique by which he approaches the guitar as if it were a piano, tapping the strings rather than plucking them and giving the illusion ...

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My Blue Note Obsession

Stanley Jordan: Standards Volume 1 – 1986

Read "Stanley Jordan: Standards Volume 1 – 1986" reviewed by Marc Davis


In my lust for Blue Note CDs, I've mostly focused on the label's classic period: the 1950s and '60s. That's where you'll find the very best hard bop and soul-jazz ever produced. But nothing good lasts forever, and no particular musical style stays popular for long. As bop and soul faded, so did Blue Note. The label limped into the '70s, producing not much of interest. Finally, inevitably, the label died in the 1980s. It simply stopped producing ...

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Album Review

Stanley Jordan: Friends

Read "Friends" reviewed by David Rickert


Stanley Jordan's breakthrough recording, Magic Touch (Blue Note, 1985), was aptly named; the guitarist's two-handed tapping technique seemed to be achieved through sorcery rather than practice. People had used tapping before, but never to the level that Jordan did--comping and soloing at the same time, and giving the illusions of two guitarists playing at once. Those who have never seen it should view the YouTube clip below, to get their bearings on the guitarist's idiosyncratic style.However, virtuosity does ...

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Album Review

Stanley Jordan: Friends

Read "Friends" reviewed by Larry Taylor


In a successful career of over 25 years, guitarist Stanley Jordan has always displayed his versatility--equally adept at blues, straight-ahead jazz and ever inventive with classical masterpieces. His virtuosity and improvisational prowess are a given, and on Friends, he also shows his skill on piano on two numbers. Primarily, he brings in old pals from various backgrounds and delivers terrific arrangements, ranging across the jazz spectrum, mixing in originals with swing, post bop, samba, blues, pop and a couple from ...

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Album Review

Stanley Jordan: State of Nature

Read "State of Nature" reviewed by John Barron


Guitarist Stanley Jordan has been dazzling audiences since the mid-1980s with his innovative, two-hand tapping approach. His 1985 Blue Note Records debut, Magic Touch achieved commercial success and secured his position in the music industry as a bona fide guitar hero. On State of Nature, Jordan's debut for the Detroit-based Mack Avenue Records, Jordan, along with bassist Charnett Moffett and drummers David Haynes and Kenwood Dennard, showcases his pioneering technique through a well conceived program of standards and original material. ...

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Live Review

Stanley Jordan at Catalina Jazz Club, Hollywood, CA

Read "Stanley Jordan at Catalina Jazz Club, Hollywood, CA" reviewed by Dee Dee McNeil


Stanley Jordan TrioCatalina Jazz ClubHollywood, CaliforniaMay 22, 2008

On this night Stanley Jordan mesmerized the audience with his unique, spellbinding guitar mastery. Using chords that were dissonant yet stunningly beautiful, he dangled the first tune's introduction before his audience like a hypnotist's pocket watch. We tried to guess what song was coming, our eyes glued to his fingers. Then suddenly we recognized Miles Davis' “All Blues," powerfully played by the trio with gusto and excitement. ...


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