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In a career that took flight in 1985 with commercial and critical acclaim, guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan has consistently displayed a chameleonic musical persona of imagination, versatility and daring. Be it bold reinventions of classical masterpieces or soulful explorations through pop-rock hits, to blazing straight ahead jazz forays and ultramodern improvisational works, Jordan can always be counted on to take listeners on breathless journeys into the unexpected.
Key to Jordan’s fast-track acclaim was his mastery of a special technique on the guitar’s fretboard. Instead of conventional strumming and picking, Jordan’s innovative “touch technique” is an advanced form of two-handed tapping. Jordan’s touch technique allows the guitarist to play melody and chords simultaneously with an unprecedented level of independence. It also allows Jordan to play simultaneously on two different guitars, or even on guitar and piano.
To date Jordan has performed in over 60 countries on 6 continents. He has collaborated with a diverse array of artists, including Art Blakey, Stanley Clarke and Kenny Rogers. The track with Rogers, “Morning Desire”, became America’s #1 country song in 1986. Jordan has performed with Kevin Eubanks, Les Paul, Eddie Van Halen, BB King, Steve Miller, Brian Setzer, Quincy Jones, Benny Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, the String Cheese Incident, Dave Matthews Band and many more.
Jordan came to prominence with the release of his 1985 album Magic Touch, a revolutionary project that established the then-twenty-something Jordan as among the most distinctive and refreshing new voices of the electric guitar. Though Jordan showcased his “touch technique” in a variety of musical styles from swing to rock, it was radio support for his singular versions of “The Lady in My Life” (first recorded by Michael Jackson) and the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby” that sent Magic Touch to the top of Billboard’s jazz chart for a record-breaking 51 weeks. Jordan has received four Grammy nominations and is also known for creating the seminal “startup” sound for the first generation of Power Macintosh computers. Since the mid 80s he has performed on numerous television shows, including The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, The David Letterman Show and the Grammy Awards.