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STANLEY JORDAN
FRIENDS

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, versatility, respect and maverick daring. Be it bold reinventions of classical masterpieces or soulful explorations through pop-rock hits, to blazing straight ahead ... Read more in Amazon's Stanley Jordan Store

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  • Audio CD (3 Oct. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mack Avenue
  • ASIN: B005EH3D1M
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,974 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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Guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan's career took flight in 1985 with both immediate commercial and critical acclaim for his 'Magic Touch' album for the Blue Note label. On 'Friends', Jordan takes the time-honoured path of inviting a handpicked cadre of guests to perform with him: fellow guitarists Mike Stern, Charlie Hunter, Russell Malone and Bucky Pizzarelli; violinist Regina Carter; saxophonists Kenny Garrett and Ronnie Laws; trumpeter Nicholas Payton; bassists Christian McBride and Charnett Moffett; and drummer Kenwood Dennard.

The resulting music is truly outstanding and ranges from a Bela Bartok piece to a Katy Perry pop smash, a heady original blues and three jazz classics spanning swing, cool and modern. There's a listener-friendly samba, an airy spirit song and an astounding nod to the atonal. Jordan even plays some serious piano on a couple of songs, revisiting his first instrument with newfound confidence and wonder.

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(4 stars) He's still the unchallenged master of his amazing self-developed two-handed guitar-tapping technique...a brilliant patchwork of classy standards and originals. -- Evening Standard, (Jack Massarik), October 28, 2011

Fantastic musicians, a set that includes everything from Debussy to Katie Perry, add Jordan's sublime skills and it's jazz Zion. -- Guitar & Bass, November 2011

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RBSProds TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Five BRILLIANT Stars! Enjoyable, bright & hard-swinging! 6 months after purchase, I frequently listen to this CD by guitar wizard Stanley Jordan & his all-star cast, & it keeps getting better. Jordan is one of the giants of jazz guitar, having the genius to create his groundbreaking "SJ Technique": a two-handed "touch technique" that allows him to play a guitar fingerboard somewhat like a piano keyboard: plucking strings on chords, tapping strings on solos, or a mixture of both, often creating the illusion of multiple guitars (but a standard pick does surface on "Bathed in Light"). And Stanley is an excellent jazz and classical pianist who sometimes plays guitar and piano simultaneously. The 'best of the best' begins with Jordan's own "Capital J" which is a blazing performance with engaging solos from Kenny Garrett on soprano sax, Nicholas Payton on trumpet and Kenwood Dennard on drums. "Walkin' The Dog" is funky, tasty solo stuff from Jordan and guitar ace Charlie Hunter. Coltrane's "Giant Steps" is hard-swinging fare with sweet guitar solos from Jordan and Mike Stern trading melody, bass, and chord duties over Dennard's solid brushwork. Jordan demonstrates his simultaneous guitar and piano technique, transforming Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" into a bluesy romp with Hunter's guitar back on stage. "Samba Delight" has Ronnie Laws on soprano and the hot & sweet violin of Regina Carter, who is outstanding both here and with Stanley on piano on the Bartok variation "Romantic Intermezzo". Charlie Christian's "Seven Come Eleven" is a smoking collage of unison notes and solos from SJ, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Russell Malone that got an immediate replay, as did the mellow "Bathed in Light", featuring Payton's lovely brass tone.Read more ›
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
BETTER & BETTER: GUITAR WIZARD STANLEY JORDAN & FRIENDS 28 Sept. 2011
By RBSProds - Published on Amazon.com
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Five BRILLIANT Stars! Enjoyable, bright & hard-swinging! 6 months after purchase, I frequently listen to this CD by guitar wizard Stanley Jordan & his all-star cast, & it keeps getting better. Jordan is one of the giants of jazz guitar, having the genius to create his groundbreaking "SJ Technique": a two-handed "touch technique" that allows him to play a guitar fingerboard somewhat like a piano keyboard: plucking strings on chords, tapping strings on solos, or a mixture of both, often creating the illusion of multiple guitars (but a standard pick does surface on "Bathed in Light"). And Stanley is an excellent jazz and classical pianist who sometimes plays guitar and piano simultaneously. The 'best of the best' begins with Jordan's own "Capital J" which is a blazing performance with engaging solos from Kenny Garrett on soprano sax, Nicholas Payton on trumpet and Kenwood Dennard on drums. "Walkin' The Dog" is funky, tasty solo stuff from Jordan and guitar ace Charlie Hunter. Coltrane's "Giant Steps" is hard-swinging fare with sweet guitar solos from Jordan and Mike Stern trading melody, bass, and chord duties over Dennard's solid brushwork. Jordan demonstrates his simultaneous guitar and piano technique, transforming Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" into a bluesy romp with Hunter's guitar back on stage. "Samba Delight" has Ronnie Laws on soprano and the hot & sweet violin of Regina Carter, who is outstanding both here and with Stanley on piano on the Bartok variation "Romantic Intermezzo". Charlie Christian's "Seven Come Eleven" is a smoking collage of unison notes and solos from SJ, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Russell Malone that got an immediate replay, as did the mellow "Bathed in Light", featuring Payton's lovely brass tone. By mixing up the personnel (which includes either Charnett Moffett or Christian McBride on bass), using excellent arrangements, delivering great solos, and mostly keeping the musical temperature high, Stanley Jordan and his friends deliver a jazzy musical winner. I'm upping it from Highly Recommended to my HIghest Recommendation. Five SMOKING Stars! (mp3 download of 11 tracks; Time 63m:11s. Stanley Jordan plays Vigier Arpege guitars.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Stanley Brings His "A" Game -- Again 15 Oct. 2011
By Future User - Published on Amazon.com
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From the first note, this musical gem transported me to some kind of hip, old-school juke-joint. The first 8 tracks stand alone, and would make a great little party CD. Then the scene changes to a classical music hall, then to a relaxed interlude on a favorite old couch.... Then, when we think we've figured him out, Stanley takes us to the Twilight Zone on the final cut. Those of us who are longtime listeners know -- it's just Stanley being Stanley. His creative impulse cannot be bound to a single music genre, so he continually re-invents himself, and re-invents the listening experience.

I had often wondered how Stanley's unique touch-style picking would sound coupled with a smooth sax, or a little Count Bassie orchestration, and this CD finally lets it all hang out. Don't miss this trip. Stanley's "A" game is once again front and center.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
JAZZ 7 Nov. 2011
By juda - Published on Amazon.com
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Great listening for jazz afficianados - with some wonderful classical violin as extra frosting on the cake (as if it needed it)! Jordan's interpretations are so pure and easy. Truly a talent with lasting appeal for any genre of music he entertains us with.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A huge Stanley Jordan fan, but... 28 Oct. 2011
By J. Shariat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I personally enjoy his last album, 'State of Nature', far more than this. I think the main difference is that on 'State of Nature', it is all Stanley arranging the songs, while on this album, it is other artists arranging the songs and Stanley tapping over them. This isn't a bad album-- it's decent, just not as powerful as I'd like. There were songs on the last album such as "Song for my Father", "Insensetaz", "Shadow Dance", "Steppin' Out" that I just don't feel are matched on this album. Of course, YMMV.
Favorite Jazz guitarist 31 Dec. 2013
By Robert Y. Lamaute - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Mr. Jordan is by far my favoirute Jazzz Guitarist. There is nothing wrong with this CD, but it's just that Stolen Moments is by far the best so it's hard to match up to that.
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