Ronny Jordan, guitarist
birth name: Ronald Laurence Albert Simpson

Ronny Jordan

November 29, 1962, London, England ~ January 13, 2014

One of the musicians who spearheaded the Acid Jazz movement in the early 1990s. ~ BBC News: Ronny Jordan Obituary ~ January 15, 2014 © BBC News

A guitarist at the forefront of the acid jazz movement at the end of the twentieth century. Jordan described his music as “urban jazz,” a blend of jazz, hip-hop, and R&B. He came to prominence after being featured on Guru's Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1, which saw release in 1993. ~ All about Jazz: Ronny Jordan ~ retrieved January 13, 2014 © All About Jazz

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Widely credited by many for restoring the guitar to its rightful place in mainstream music and is also known as the father of Acid Jazz guitar. His very unique style is a hybrid of the classic guitar sound of his legendary forefathers Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, Kenny Burrell and George Benson combined with today's most modern funk grooves and hip hop breaks ~ Ronny Jordan ~ retrieved January 13, 2014 ©

Despite outcries from purists, few other artists of his era proved more pivotal in knocking down the long-immutable boundaries of contemporary black music. The son of a preacher, Jordan's early musical history was rooted in gospel; his first public performances were with gospel groups, but the outbreak of Brit-funk during the early '80s led him to begin exploring other avenues of music, culminating in a fascination with jazz. ~ Allmusic: Ronny Jordan ~ retrieved January 13, 2014 © Allmusic

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