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Stanley Jordan: Magic Touch/Standards, Vol.1/Flying Home *

Track List

>Eleanor Rigby
>Freddie Freeloader
>'Round Midnight
>All the Children
>Lady in My Life, The
>Angel
>Fundance
>Return Expedition
>Child Is Born, A
>Sound of Silence, The
>Sunny
>Georgia on My Mind
>Send One Your Love
>Moon River
>Guitar Man
>One Less Bell to Answer
>Because
>My Favorite Things
>Silent Night
>Street Talk
>Tropical Storm
>When Julia Smiles
>Can't Sit Down
>Stairway to Heaven
>Brooklyn at Midnight
>Music's Gonna Change, The
>Time Is Now, The
>Flying Home

Album Notes

Personnel: Stanley Jordan (guitar).

Audio Mixers: Maureen Droney; Preston Glass.

Audio Remasterer: Andrew Thompson .

Liner Note Authors: Charles Waring; Preston Glass; Bill Milkowski.

Recording information: Ponderosa Recording Studios; Power Station Studios; Songshop Studios, New York, NY; The House Of Music; Village Recorders.

Photographers: Aaron Rapoport; Beverly Parker; Timothy White .

Arranger: Preston Glass.

This double-disc reissue by BGO in the U.K. includes three of guitarist Stanley Jordan's early recordings: 1985's Magic Touch, 1986's Standards, Vol. 1, and 1988's Flying Home, all of which were released by Blue Note. Magic Touch features Jordan's unaccompanied playing in a series of jazz and pop standards that showcase the signature, dexterous, tapping guitar style which makes his guitar technique akin to that of a pianist. Standards, Vol.1 is a similar program played in the same manner. Flying Home deviates from that approach considerably. Here, in what was essentially deemed a complete betrayal by jazz purists, Jordan composed all but one tune on the set -- "Stairway to Heaven" no less -- and utilized popular music studio production technology -- overdubbing, layering keyboards, and programmed drum machines -- in an attempt to crossover. While the other two recordings remain stellar examples of Jordan as an utterly unique guitarist, it's the latter album that has become a favorite of an international group of DJs and dance music producers for its sampling possibilities. ~ Thom Jurek



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