Ronny Jordan – A Brighter Day

Ronny Jordan – A Brighter Day

AMG Review: As the reality of Y2K took hold, no doubt many artists went with forward-thinking album titles for their first efforts of the new millennium. But guitarist Ronny Jordan wasn’t thinking of trendiness or even the calendar shift when he called his Blue Note debut A Brighter Day. His 1992 jazz/hip-hop-fused release The Antidote made him an instant star on London’s burgeoning acid-jazz scene. Over the next few years and recordings, however, his pioneering success in this genre proved as much a curse as a blessing, as his sound got muddled through working with outside producers. The wide stylistic diversity on the self-produced Ronny Jordan – A Brighter Day — which takes him on excursions into Brazilian, Latin, straight-ahead, even Indian music, with only a few passing nods to his acidic roots — makes for his most organic and honest effort to date. The title also celebrates his most effective electric guitar playing thus far. On the aptly titled “Two Worlds,” Jordan spins a crisp, Wes Montgomery-styled melody over an increasingly aggressive bossa-minded percussion pattern, holding occasional but few bar conversations with the uppity, Latin-styled piano of Marcus Persiani. Jordan also goes the Brazilian route on “Rio,” albeit with a subtler, more spiritual edge; his muted guitar dances over a sparse rhythm pattern, as haunting angelic vocals ease in and out. A gentle Indian flute harmony and a soaring female chant alternately wrap around his high-toned strings, all over the patter of Shivas Shankar’s tablas on a spirited reworking of Victor Feldman’s “New Delhi.” …..–by Jonathan Widran

 

Ronny Jordan – A Brighter Day Tracklist

  1.  A Brigher Day 5:42
  2.  Aftermath 6:12
  3.  Mackin 7:02
  4.  Why 4:42
  5.  Mystic Voyage 4:14
  6.  Breauxlude 0:52
  7.  London Lowdown 5:13
  8.  Two Worlds 5:49
  9.  Mambo Inn 5:00
  10. Rio 5:41
  11. New Delhi 4:53
  12. Seeing Is Believing 4:54
  13. 5/8 In Flow 6:22
  14. A Brighter Day 6:18

Ronny Jordan - A Brighter Day

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