Picks and Pans Review: Stanley Jordan

UPDATED 05/27/1991 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/27/1991 at 01:00 AM EDT

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You know that old saw about a guy being busier than a one-armed paperhanger? That's Jordan. Rarely has a musician so revolutionized the playing of his instrument as Jordan has the guitar.

This concert tape from the Montreal Jazz Festival in 1990 showcases his extraordinary technique, which features the most frenetic right hand in the history of guitar. By plucking and tapping the strings simultaneously up and down the neck, he manages to lay down a foundation of chords and simultaneously play notes over the top.

That makes such solo numbers as "Flying Home" sound amazingly full-dimensioned. Although Jordan gets a little sloppy on his own composition, "All the Children," he makes up for it on a warp-speed version of the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby."

Joined by Charnett Moffet on bass and drummer Tommy Campbell, Jordan tears into a driving set that includes a deep, bluesy version of "Willow Weep for Me" and Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On." At times this innovator even plays two guitars at once.

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