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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Guitarist Stanley Jordan's innovative touch technique, often played in a solo setting at the beginning of his career in the mid-'80s, was a breath of fresh air. He has since been an explorer open to many styles, as heard on this collaboration with a number of different musicians. He is still very much a force as a soloist, yet not one to hog the spotlight with his formidable abilities. Jordan is joined by Kenny Garrett (on soprano sax), trumpeter Nicholas Payton, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Kenwood Dennard for his blazing post-bop anthem "Capital J." The same lineup is used for the mellow contemporary ballad "Bathed in Light" with Dennard overdubbing on keyboard; ...
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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Guitarist Stanley Jordan's innovative touch technique, often played in a solo setting at the beginning of his career in the mid-'80s, was a breath of fresh air. He has since been an explorer open to many styles, as heard on this collaboration with a number of different musicians. He is still very much a force as a soloist, yet not one to hog the spotlight with his formidable abilities. Jordan is joined by Kenny Garrett (on soprano sax), trumpeter Nicholas Payton, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Kenwood Dennard for his blazing post-bop anthem "Capital J." The same lineup is used for the mellow contemporary ballad "Bathed in Light" with Dennard overdubbing on keyboard; the robust solos and crisp ensemble work keep things from degrading into run-of-the-mill smooth jazz. Jordan collaborates with several different guitarists. Octogenarian Bucky Pizzarelli, a master of seven-string guitar who is equally capable playing lead and rhythm, is on hand for a gently swinging, bluesy "Lil' Darlin'," while Russell Malone joins the leader and Pizzarelli for an explosive take of "Seven Come Eleven" (a tune Pizzarelli doubtlessly played many times during his time with Benny Goodman). Mike Stern accompanies Jordan for a brisk workout of "Giant Steps," with Dennard sticking to soft brushwork. Guitarist Charlie Hunter is on hand for Jordan's funky "Walkin' the Dog" and Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl," the latter in which the leader plays piano with one hand and guitar with the other. Perhaps the most unusual track is an adaptation of the "Romantic Intermezzo" from Béla Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra, with Jordan playing piano (his first instrument) accompanied by the brilliant violinist Regina Carter, demonstrating Jordan's love for a good melody regardless of the style of music. Jazz fans who have lost track of Stanley Jordan since his early solo recordings will have their ears opened by this diverse, successful meeting with his many friends.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2011
  • Label: Mack Avenue
  • UPC: 673203106222
  • Catalog Number: 1062
  • Sales rank: 7,892

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stanley Jordan Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano
Ronnie Laws Soprano Saxophone
Bucky Pizzarelli Guitar
Mike Stern Guitar
Russell Malone Guitar
Kenwood Dennard Drums, Keyboards
Regina Carter Violin
Kenny Garrett Soprano Saxophone
Charlie Hunter Guitar
Christian McBride Bass
Charnett Moffett Bass
Nicholas Payton Trumpet
Technical Credits
Béla Bartók Composer
Charlie Christian Composer
Benny Goodman Composer
Stanley Jordan Arranger, Composer, Producer
Neal Hefti Composer
Russell Malone Composer
Cathy Dennis Composer
Kenwood Dennard Composer
John Coltrane Composer
Claude Debussy Composer
Al Pryor Producer
Todd Whitelock Engineer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Max Martin Composer
Ryan Kelly Engineer
Dr. Luke Composer
Raj Naik Art Direction, Digital Composition
Katy Perry Composer
Vernon H. Hammond III Management
Fred Hansen Booking
Gretchen Valade Liner Notes, Executive Producer
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