Ronny Jordan – A Brighter Day (2000)

Artist: Ronny Jordan
Title: A Brighter Day
Year Of Release: 2000
Label: Blue Note Records
Genre: Acid Jazz / Smooth Jazz
Quality: FLAC (image) / MP3
Total Time: 01:13:13
Total Size: 452 MB / 168 MB
WebSite: Album Preview

01. A Brighter Day [05:43]
02. Aftermath [06:13]
03. Mackin [07:03]
04. Why [04:43]
05. Mystic Voyage (feat. Roy Ayers) [04:13]
06. Breauxlude [00:55]
07. London Lowdown [05:13]
08. Two Worlds [05:50]
09. Mambo Inn [05:01]
10. Rio [05:42]
11. New Delhi [04:55]
12. Seeing Is Believing [04:56]
13. 5/8 in Flow [06:25]
14. A Brighter Day (feat. Mos Def) [06:17]
A BRIGHTER DAY was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album.
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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