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Jazz - Released September 27, 2011 | Mack Avenue Records

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1985 | Blue Note Records

This debut record from Stanley Jordan features the guitarist's extraordinarily idiosyncratic tapping technique on a variety of material. Jordan's revolutionary approach to the instrument, consisting of striking the fretboard with both hands to sound notes, allows him access to musical possibilities that are simply out of the reach of other guitar players. It is in his hands that the guitar attains a level of self-accompaniment formerly held only by the piano. Fortunately, Jordan puts his prodigious chops to good use making good music. One area in particular in which he is terrifically talented is in the reinterpretation of modern pop material. His version of the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby," accompanied only by the subtle percussion of Sammy Figueroa, dismisses the British melancholy of the original for a light-as-air interpretation that brings out the playfulness in the melody. Also impressive is Jordan's cover of Michael Jackson's "The Lady in My Life," which the guitarist gives a smooth, sultry reading. On the flip side, Jordan also proves that he is not out of touch with the history of jazz, with delightful versions of "Freddie Freeloader," "'Round Midnight," and "A Child Is Born." The guitarist's sidemen, who include drummers Omar Hakim and Peter Erskine, are all seasoned professionals, and they play well, but no matter how good the group performances on Magic Touch are, they are no match for the shocking polyphony of Jordan's solo material. It is there that the record really comes alive. Jordan's later albums were not to capitalize on the promise shown on his debut, but in Magic Touch the guitarist had something truly special. An instant classic, and one of the definitive moments of modern jazz guitar. © Daniel Gioffre /TiVo
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Jazz - Released January 1, 1995 | Blue Note Records

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. © Alex Henderson /TiVo
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Jazz - Released April 22, 2008 | Mack Avenue Records

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1991 | Blue Note Records

This trio set with bassist Charnett Moffett and drummer Kenwood Dennard features the tapping guitarist Stanley Jordan during a typical live show from 1990 playing many songs that he had previously recorded. While "Stairway to Heaven" is treated as very credible rock and "Lady in My Life" gets funky, "Autumn Leaves" really cooks and Jordan fares well on "Stolen Moments" (during which he does a strong imitation of a keyboard) and "Impressions." Jordan's lone original, the rock-ish "Return Expedition" is, at 15 minutes, way too long and serves primarily as an opportunity for his two fine backup players to take lengthy solos. Jordan's unaccompanied display on the concluding "Over the Rainbow" compensates. An interesting program. © Scott Yanow /TiVo
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Jazz - Released January 1, 1998 | Blue Note Records

This concert was originally intended to be a video release showcasing Stanley Jordan in acoustic, electric and solo settings. His tight rhythm section -- including Jeff "Tain" Watts on drums, Kenny Kirkland on piano and Charnett Moffett on bass -- drives his complex and moving guitar playing through the standout acoustic tracks "Impressions" and "Cousin Mary," both by John Coltrane. But concert highlights are Jordan's two solo pieces, the bluesy "Willow Weep for Me" and classic show tune "Over the Rainbow," where he performs with an exhilarating freedom and virtuosity. Jordan resists the temptation to slip into the then-ubiquitous smooth jazz sound, making this a timeless release. © Ryan Randall Goble /TiVo
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Lounge - Released May 18, 2015 | Nicolosiproductions - soul Trade

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Jazz - Released September 26, 2015 | Groove

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Jazz - Released February 15, 1994 | Arista

Nobody plays the guitar quite like Stanley Jordan. Defying categorization, Bolero is another in a line of Jordan hit releases. After perfecting his skill at playing with two hands on the guitar's fretboard and hammering or tapping the strings to produce melody, countermelody, and rhythm all at the same time, Jordan has gone on to break new musical ground with Bolero in fusing jazz, pop and classical. Besides his jazzy version of "Bolero," Jordan mixes original pieces with "Drifting" by Jimi Hendrix and the funk-pop tune "Chameleon." © MusD /TiVo
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Jazz - Released November 1, 2013 | Nicolosiproductions - soul Trade

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Lounge - Released May 18, 2015 | Nicolosiproductions - soul Trade

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Ambient - Released May 21, 2021 | Salmon Universe

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