Stanley Jordan’s home in Sedona, Ariz., provides the guitarist with ample living, practice and office space, but if you ask him about its best feature, he literally looks outside the box. “I can pretty much walk out the door, pick a direction and go hiking,” says Jordan, 48. “And once I go out in the forest, I can go miles and miles without running into anyone. So while it’s inconvenient to be two hours away from an airport here, it’s worth it. I like to be in a place where nature is all around me.”
Sedona is in northwestern Arizona, just south of Flagstaff. It’s a small, picturesque town at an elevation of between 4,000 and 5,000 feet, with scenic surrounding mountains and rock formations. The remoteness provides Jordan with an escape from civilization, and the setting played a major role in shaping his new CD, State of Nature (Mack Avenue). The disc’s environmental sounds, and titles like “Forest Garden,” “A Place in Space,” “Ocean Breeze” and “Prayer for the Sea,” form a thematic rarity: a jazz concept album.