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Segueing from the breezy, optimistic flavor of the title cut to the hip-hop feel of "Aftermath," the set finds Jordan exploring new musical terrain. Special guests are Ron Ayers, Stefon harris, DJ Sppinna and more.

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On his fourth recording--his first for Blue Note Records-- guitarist Ronny Jordan moves in a more mainstream direction. He minimizes the hip-hop and rap elements in his mix to favor a more subdued, straightforward jazz approach that brings to mind one of Jordan's role models, Wes Montgomery. While this may furrow the brows of some acid-jazz fans, the results heard on this 73-minute excursion are largely positive and quietly appealing. The London-born Jordan reveals himself as thoughtful and expressive player, notably on self-composed, Pat Metheny-like, pop-jazz cruisers ("Two Worlds," "Rio," "Seeing Is Believing") and in a more mainstream vein, "5/8 in Flow." For some listeners, A Brighter Day may at times stray uncomfortably close to smooth-jazz innocuousness, but Jordan's prevailing inventiveness makes the overall package a pleasant one. Highlights are the soft-but-sweet grooves found on "Aftermath" and "Mackin'," the animated playing from vibraphonist Roy Ayers on "Mystic Voyage," and the nimble finger work heard on "New Delhi." --Terry Wood

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 14, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: March 14, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B00004NJLP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,272 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is a fantastic return to form for Ronny Jordan. What the reviewer above me fails to grasp is the fact that musical tastes are changing and that Ronny Jordan is merely adapting to this change. Acid jazz is dead. Look around: The Talking Loud label - the pioneers of acid jazz - are moving away from this sound and instead going for the hip-hop/R&B market; Incognito now concentrate on making albums that are Brit-funk. Ronny could not have made another acid jazz album. This is a contemporary jazz album which incorporates many strains of jazz: he is not attempting to be another George Benson like the incredibly talented, yet conservative Norman Brown. Tracks like "Aftermath" and "Mackin" are hip-hop influenced with some trip-hop thrown in for good measure. His interpretations of "Why" and "Mystic Voyage" are up to his usual high standard when dealing with covers. Towards the end of the album, Ronny tackles latin jazz with great success - "Mambo Inn" and "Rio" are excellent. Yet, amongst all this fusion of sounds, he finds the time to create "5/8 In Flow," which is pure jazz with one of the best drummers around, Jeff "Tain" Watts. This is what makes Ronny Jordan such a unique talent - few other artists are able to make the switch fusion to straight-ahead jazz with such ease. Trust me, there is no other guitarist around who is on a par with Ronny Jordan. When are Americans going to take notice of this guy. He is the true successor to Wes Montgomerey.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Cairney on March 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I've been a huge Ronny Jordan since the release of his classic debut "The Antidote" in 1992 and have eagerly anticipated every new recording he has produced since. This CD in a move for Ronny into new styles (latin, world, straight ahead jazz) while still retaining the beautiful tone, improvisation, sense of melody and streetwise sensibility that we have come to expect from him. The factor that makes Ronny standout from the rest of the guitarists in contemporary jazz is that he is not locked into a sound or market niche. The variety of styles is reflected in the standout Victor Feldman tune, New Delhi, featuring some excellent acoustic guitar and indian influence. I love the trio of latin tunes (Two Worlds, Mambo Inn, Rio) and the duet with Roy Ayers on Mystic Voyage. A word of warning - don't get put off by the slow start to this recording (the 1st 2 tracks A Bright Day and Aftermath are a bit uninspiring). If you're thinking of purchasing this CD, DO IT!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 2001
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The guy below wouldn't know a "chop" if it hit him in the head... About 3 minutes or so into Mackin' are some of the sweetest guitar chops on the planet. I live for tasty "chops", they're what jazz is all about. Take the thick, smooth brown gravy provided by the bass line in this tune, add some go-go (as distinguished from hip-hop), and mama's gonna have to pry me from the table. That's all I'm talkin 'bout.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lynell wright on April 1, 2000
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I think english jazz has a tight,funky groove. I love R.Jordan and appreciate anything he puts out, I just wish he would tour more in the U.S.A. A BRIGHTER DAY once again pleases my driving experience along with small get togethers. Everyone who comes to my parties enjoys the UK way of grooving! Cats like R.Jordan,Chris Standring,and Courtney Pine fulfill my musical taste and can't seem to get enough. Please R.J. keep the grooves coming and I cannot wait to see you in concert. You got my vote!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dominic Mann on August 9, 2000
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I appreciate Ronny Jordan's music because I can sense his growth and development as a artist with each CD. There are surprises throughout this disc and his hip-hop tinged grooves are his best to date. "Rio" is one of my favorite songs, as the hook is infectious and this song makes it clear that he has taken his acoustic guitar work to another level. Songs such as "Mackin" and "A Brighter Day" prove that he can effortlessly blend hip-hop and jazz. While the merging of these two styles has been attempted by numerous artists, very few artists, like The Roots, Ronny Jordan and Liquid Soul, have been successful in their attempts. Smooth jazz has been transformed into elevator music recently, but Ronny Jordan has proven that their are artists who can break through the boundaries of their music category. I look forward to many more brighter days from Ronny Jordan!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. B. Hopkins on May 29, 2000
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Ronny Jordan's newest CD effort lands somewhere short of perfection, but it doesn't fall flat either, a 3.5 star effort. Nimble fingers are always the rule with Jordan and I really appreciate the effort! My favorites are: A Brighter Day / New Delhi / Mackin' (which could go on FOREVER) and Mystic Voyage with Roy Ayers! Very nice effort, worth a listen..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pedro on February 17, 2004
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Ronny Jordan is mainly a jazz musician, an excellent guitar player with a mature, tastily language, a personal sound that distinguishes himself from other guitarists of the contemporary jazz scene. He can play soft, acid, bluesy, using Wes- Montgomery style,... he is always himself, pertinent... this is not easy!. I noted his talent from the first album "The antidote" (1992), what impressed me was the contrast between the hip -hop, electronic loops he used and his smooth sound, his simply themes and his groovy solos... this is the acid-jazz form I prefer. What I appreciate is that he's coming directly from the contemporary influences (soul, hip-hop, black, funky, rap....), with a strong jazz-classic base. Like every good artist, his in evolution, in search of new situations and atmospheres, although this may disappoint someone, I think this is positive. To my opinion this album mainly marks RJ's turn to a music which is formally better than the one of his previous records: good arrangements, good musicians, good choice of the tracks....all songs of the CD are ok! Ronny switches to a more smoothed, American sound, but not loosing his "British" roots!! My favourite tunes: "New Delhi" has an involving, exotic atmosphere and is a tribute to great British musician/composer Victor Feldman, "Rio" has an amazing theme, "Mackin" is acid and groovy. This CD is substantially a good work, I suggest to listen to it many times, when relaxing at home
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