Ronny Jordan Biography

29 November 1962, London, England. Described by some as ‘the quintessential acid-jazz guitarist’, Jordan has an intimate and readily accessible musical demeanour that has endeared him to many. By the mid-90s he had disassociated himself with the acid-jazz movement, commenting that ‘the way I see acid-jazz, it’s more of a fashion statement and I’m not really about that’. Nevertheless, the high profile of the genre had served him well. After signing to Island Records subsidiary 4th & Broadway Records in 1991, Jordan released two acclaimed albums and participated in a number of collaborative projects. He also enjoyed a UK Top 40 chart hit in 1992 with a funked up cover version of Miles Davis’ ‘So What’. His 1996 release Light To Dark was a more restrained, mature collection, designed to appeal to jazz purists for the first time. A link with the past was maintained in its rhythms - Jordan favouring pummelling beats informed by a love of good hip-hop - while the melodies belonged to an earlier era. ‘It’s You’, the first single to be taken from the album, typified this marriage of the new and the old.


Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.


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