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Creatively, Stanley Jordan had more ups than downs during his years at Blue Note. Not everything he did for the label was great, but more often than not, the chances that he took paid off. Spanning 1985-1990, this collection draws on several albums and paints a generally impressive picture of the fusion/post-bop guitarist's Blue Note output. Four of the CD's 11 selections are Jordan originals -- including the lyrical "All the Children," the B.B. King-influenced "Still Got the Blues," and the playful "Jumpin' Jack" -- while the other seven underscore his talents as an interpreter of other composers' material. Jordan has always had eclectic taste in music -- he's far from ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Creatively, Stanley Jordan had more ups than downs during his years at Blue Note. Not everything he did for the label was great, but more often than not, the chances that he took paid off. Spanning 1985-1990, this collection draws on several albums and paints a generally impressive picture of the fusion/post-bop guitarist's Blue Note output. Four of the CD's 11 selections are Jordan originals -- including the lyrical "All the Children," the B.B. King-influenced "Still Got the Blues," and the playful "Jumpin' Jack" -- while the other seven underscore his talents as an interpreter of other composers' material. Jordan has always had eclectic taste in music -- he's far from a jazz snob -- and this album finds him interpreting everything from John Coltrane's "Impressions," Hoagy Carmichael's "Georgia on my Mind," and Rodgers & Hammerstein's "My Favorite Things" to Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven," the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby," and the Michael Jackson smash "The Lady in My Life." Interpret is the key word here. At a time when many NAC artists were offering note-for-note pop covers and calling them jazz, Jordan was giving well-known rock and R&B hits serious jazz-fusion makeovers and bringing something personal and distinctive to them. For those who've never purchased one of Jordan's albums, The Best of Stanley Jordan would be a logical starting point.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/7/1995
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724383150229
  • Catalog Number: 31502

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stanley Jordan Primary Artist, Guitar
Omar Hakim Drums
Kenny Kirkland Piano
Onaje Allan Gumbs Keyboards
Bernard Wright Keyboards
Larry Graham Bass
Jeff "Tain" Watts Drums
Wayne Braithwaite Bass
Sammy Figueroa Percussion
Preston Glass Keyboards
J.T. Lewis Drums
Charnett Moffett Bass
Cody Moffett Drums
Yossi Fine Bass
Technical Credits
Stanley Jordan Producer
Bernard Wright Producer
Michael Berniker Producer
John Bonham Composer
Michael Cuscuna Producer
Al di Meola Producer
Maureen Droney Engineer
James Farber Engineer
Preston Glass Producer
Gene Lennon Producer
Mike Moran Engineer
Tamoo Suzuki Engineer
Franko Caligiuri Art Direction
Jeff Rach Mastering
David Baker Engineer
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    Best of Stanley Jordan: My thoughts on track: One of My Favorite Things

    Stanley Jordan plays an old Mary Poppins tune called One of My Favorite Things. What I like most is that he incorporates his personal style into a song that traditionally is played in an even tempo. Stanley Jordan plays this song with an intentional rush; some urgency to the music and an aggresive effort to play out of tempo. This is what I like most on the CD and while it is anything but Mary Poppins, it tells me a little about Stanley Jordan. As a comparison, a violinist who tends to play music with this effect is Jean-Luc Ponty. Jordan's CD is an older one, but is available through most online bookstores. I would give it a try.

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