Friends

Friends

by Stanley Jordan
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/2011
Label:
Mack Avenue
UPC:
0673203106222
catalogNumber:
1062
Rank:
184251

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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
Pryor   Producer
Todd Whitelock   Engineer
Max Martin   Composer
Ryan Kelly   Engineer
Luke   Composer
Raj Naik   Art Direction,Digital Composition
Katy Perry   Composer
Vernon H. Hammond   Management
Fred Hansen   Booking
Gretchen Valade   Liner Notes,Executive Producer

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