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Live In New York by Stanley Jordan

Stanley Jordan came on the national jazz scene in the early eighties and was a revelation. Stanley utilized a style called hammering, in which he taps the fret board, to produce lead, chord, and basslines at the same time. This style caught the ear of Blue Note Records, who offered him a deal, and he was quick to accept. This collection, recorded live in 1989(many cuts being released on CD for the first time) features the guitar phenom in a variety of settings, which showcase his virtuosity and ability to play different styles. Stanley rips through a set of straight ahead numbers highlighted by "Impressions", "Autumn Leaves", and "Cousin Mary" with an acoustic quartet featuring the late Kenny Kirkland on piano, Charnett Moffett, bass, and Jeff "Tain" Watts on drums. Next are 3 solo numbers which really capture Jordan's technique very well. "Flying Home"(different from Lionel Hampton's tune of the same name) is stunning in it's beauty, and effectiveness at selling the listener on Jordan's technique. The end of the piece where Jordan is playing a montage of lines actually gives the listener a mental picture of an angel flying. "Willow Weep For Me" pleases the audience with it's bluesiness, and Jordan's lightning runs, while "Over The Rainbow" is a fitting end to a mini solo set. Finally, Stanley is joined by an electric group featuring Bernard Wright on keyboards, Yossi Fine on electric bass, and JT Lewis, drums. "Still Got The Blues" is the other Jordan original on the album("Flying Home" was the other), and it really is quite cool as Stanley hooks his guitar up to a synth for his solo. The finale is a much funkier(than Stanley's studio version)"Lady in My Life", in which everybody is in a groove. This album features Stanley in terrific form, and guitar, jazz, and even rock fans won't be dissapointed with this one.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Stanley Jordan
  • CD Title: Live In New York
  • Genre: Other
  • Year Released: 1998
  • Record Label: Unknown
  • Rating: Four Stars
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