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One way to attack the daunting task of describing Stanley Jordan is to think of him as a world class guitarist who marches in all aspects of his life to the beat of his own drummer. Never one to be locked into constraints when it comes to musical expression, genres or applications, the Palo Alto, California-born prodigy is a progressive thinker with goals and ideals that stretch far beyond record deals, fortune or fame. Though he maintains a busy international touring schedule and recently recorded several special independent CDs, his broader interests stretch into the realms of Music Therapy and Sonification. Stanley Jordan came to prominence with the release of his 1985 debut album Magic Touch, a revolutionary project that dually placed him at the forefront of re-launching legendary Blue Note Records into a contemporary entity in jazz and beyond, as well as establishing the then-twenty-something Jordan as among the most distinctive and refreshing new voices of the electric guitar. Key to Jordan's fast-track acclaim was his mastery of a special "tapping" technique on the guitar's fret board instead of conventional strumming and picking

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Onaje Allan Gumbs: Dare To Dream

Read "Onaje Allan Gumbs: Dare To Dream" reviewed by La-Faithia White

Onaje Allan Gumbs is a New York based pianist, composer, lyricist, and bandleader. Gumbs' professional career began in 1971 when Leroy Kirkland introduced him to Kenny Burrell, by sharing a demo tape. The next day Gumbs received a phone call to play with Burrell at Baker's Keyboard Lounge in Detroit. Onaje, (Gumbs) talks about the beginnings ...

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Brand X: Locked & Loaded

Read "Locked & Loaded" reviewed by John Kelman

There are a great many bands whose lineups have been so fluid that keeping track of who was in the band when is no mean feat. Few bands have, however, had as complicated a history as Brand X. Even in its latest re-reincarnation, there's been a lineup shift between the high octane fusion group's January, 2017 ...

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Joy, Joy and More Joy

Read "Joy, Joy and More Joy" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Last week we were not quite done with our theme revolving around Jazz & Joy and playing tunes that either inspired joy or were inspired by the experience of joy by the artists who composed them. So here is more dopamine enhancing jazz for you. Music that should turn a grey day into a sunny one. ...

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TJP: Peace and Love

Read "Peace and Love" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Good singers need a good voice AND good timing, and with the release of Peace and Love, singer Paul Jost demonstrates both. The Philadelphia-based band TJP (formerly known as The Jost Project) has perfectly timed the release of Peace and Love, a collection of iconic songs from the 1960s and '70s with all the beauty and ...

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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 ...

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Charnett Moffett: Music From Our Soul

Read "Music From Our Soul" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Bassist Charnett Moffett is one of those figures that we tend to take for granted, mostly because it seems like he's simply always been here. The once-upon-a-time child prodigy has been omnipresent on the scene since the mid '80s, holding down the low end for jazz's elite while bringing strength, consistency, and creativity to the fore ...

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Roma Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Roma Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Roma Jazz Festival 2016 Auditorium Parco della Musica Roma 8-23.11.2016 Edizione importante per il festival jazz romano che festeggia i 40 anni nella sede ormai stabile dell'Auditorium Parco della Musica, dove si sono svolte le ultime 12 edizioni. Il programma della rassegna è stato molto vario, con proposte per tutti i ...

Duets

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: Morning Sun; Summertime; Nature Boy; Someone Like You; A Child Is Born; Old School Jam; Vibes; Blue in Green; Lights; Goin' On Home.


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