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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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Article: Liner Notes

Charnett Moffett: The Bridge

Read "Charnett Moffett: The Bridge" reviewed by Howard Mandel


Solo bass records are rare, and might seem to appeal mostly to bassists and bass aficionados. But on The Bridge Charnett Moffett, the charismatic bass virtuoso with an impressive past and equally brilliant future, has proven here — without benefit of a band--that his music can touch anyone who loves music, regardless of instrumentation or genre. ...

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News: Music Industry

World's First Live Jazz Platform, Oh! Jazz, Launches Globally, Featuring Iconic Guitarist, Stanley Jordan

World's First Live Jazz Platform, Oh! Jazz, Launches Globally, Featuring Iconic Guitarist, Stanley Jordan

Now launched globally, Oh! Jazz is a live and on-demand subscription platform, which brings live jazz from iconic clubs around the world direct to the homes of global subscribers, turning their living rooms into instant live jazz venues. Founded by Jesus Perezagua (Former President of Fox Networks Europe & Africa) and Dan Bessant (Former Head of ...

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Article: Album Review

Chris Coyle: Phantasma Trio Vol. 1

Read "Phantasma Trio Vol. 1" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Bassist and composer Chris Coyle is based in Philadelphia, and had previously issued three albums as leader which speak to his broad musical interests. Along with original pieces, he has covered a plethora of styles from re-imagined Duke Ellington to Middle Eastern hybrids. Coyle is also a member of the Relâche chamber ensemble which performs modern ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

What Next After Kind of Blue?

Read "What Next After Kind of Blue?" reviewed by Steve Cook


For those dipping a first toe into jazz, the Miles Davis classic Kind of Blue (Columbia, 1959) is a common initial purchase or listen for many plausible reasons. Web searches for “best jazz albums of all time," or the like, bring up numerous lists that put it at the top and on newcomers' radars. Prominent placement ...

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Article: Catching Up With

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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Article: Album Review

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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Article: In Pictures

Stanley Jordan At Borgo Marconi Auditorium in Morrovalle

Read "Stanley Jordan At Borgo Marconi Auditorium in Morrovalle" reviewed by Andrea Rotili


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Article: Radio & Podcasts

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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Article: Album Review

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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