Blue Monk – 2014

Stanley Jordan


The master of tapping plays a low-down blues

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When Stanley Jordan burst upon the scene in the early-to-mid 1980s, he amazed listeners with his mastery of the tapping technique.

Jordan was able to sound like two or even three guitarists at once even at rapid tempos, soloing and playing harmonies over his bass lines, and playing the guitar as if it were a piano.

While Jordan’s virtuosity has been taken somewhat for granted since that time, he remains as potentially a wondrous guitarist now as he ever did.

On a performance from the Iridium in 2014, Jordan gets into the blues, typically sounding like a full band with two guitars and bass.

-Scott Yanow


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