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In a career that took flight in 1985 with immediate commercial and critical acclaim, guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan has consistently displayed a chameleonic musical persona of openness, imagination and technical wizardry that sets him apart from every known guitarist. His music also is imbued with a combination of passion, sensitivity, humor, daring, and shear brilliance. Whether bold reinventions of classical masterpieces or soulful explorations through pop-rock hits, to blazing straight-ahead jazz forays and ultramodern improvisational works—solo or with a group—Jordan can always be counted on to take listeners on breathless journeys into the unexpected – sometimes playing the piano simultaneously!
Stanley Jordan was born in Chicago in 1959 and studied classical piano at age six before adding the guitar five years later. Obviously quite bright, he attended and graduated from Princeton University. He is a known for his development of the “touch” or hammering technique. Stanley Jordan's particular touch technique employs two-handed tapping. Typically a guitarist uses two hands to play each note. One finger presses down a guitar string behind a chosen fret (the cross-hatched ridges on the fingerboard), while the other hand either plucks or strums the string to play that note. With the touch technique, Stanley’s hands are positioned in parallel positions over the fretboard to tap notes on multiple strings. allowing him to play a melodic line and chords simultaneously. It is also possible, as Jordan has demonstrated, to play two guitars simultaneously. While this is very difficult to do for mere mortals, what is even more daunting is to play guitar and piano simultaneously, which Stanley does with alacrity, even alternating the instrument on which the melody is played!
Mr. Jordan is currently a resident of Sedona, Arizona, and owns Sedona Books and Music. In addition to his newly energized performance career, he continues to study and practice music therapy. For listeners, expect a heavy dose of groove therapy!
Stanley Jordan – electric guitar and piano
Charnett Moffett– acoustic bass
Kenwood Dennard -- drums
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