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Ronny Jordan: Anti-Smooth

Ronny Jordan
Ronny Jordan
Ronny Jordan

Here, soulful guitar meets crunchy rhythms to create a spicy mix that, while still easily accessible, is devoid of even a trace of the saccharine that can be found in some smooth jazz. Throughout Jordan’s decade-long recording career, he has explored ways of fusing his bluesy jazz sound-think George Benson, Wes Montgomery, Grant Green and Kenny Burrell-with hip-hop, club, funk and R&B elements, and he made a name for himself as one of the most significant figures in the acid-jazz movement.

It’s a warm spring day, and we’re sitting in a small conference room in Jordan’s publicists’ busy midtown Manhattan offices. Although previous album covers have sometimes depicted a dramatically-lit and intense-looking Jordan-and the photos inside Off The Record’s CD jacket find him sitting moodily on a building stoop or driving through the city with a grim expression-the casually-dressed artist sitting across the table from me couldn’t be further from the individual portrayed in those pictures. A warm, genial man who starts off the interview by offering to sign the CDs I’ve placed on the table, Jordan’s also an animated and candid conversationalist.

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