Personalities | Stanley Jordan | Eighties | Jazz & Blues

(Guitar, b. 1959)

In the early 1980s, Chicago native Jordan developed a revolutionary approach to the guitar, in which he sounded notes by tapping on the fretboard with the fingers of both hands. This technique allowed Jordan to play completely independent lines on the guitar simultaneously. His dazzling polyphony soon captured the attention of Blue Note Records, which released his debut, Magic Touch, in 1985. He continued to interpret both jazz and pop standards, recording six more albums for Blue Note before switching to Arista Records in 1994. He continues to perform in solo and trio settings and in 2003 collaborated with the Italian pop group Novecento.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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