Ronny Jordan - The Quiet Revolution (1993)

Ronny Jordan - The Quiet Revolution (1993)

Artist: Ronny Jordan
Title Of Album: The Quiet Revolution
Year Of Release: 1993
Label: 4th & Broadway
Genre: Acid Jazz / Hip-Hop
Format: FLAC (tracks) / MP3
Bitrate: Lossless / CBR 320 kBit/s
Total Time: 52:08 min
Total Size: 324 MB / 131 MB
01. Season For Change (4:56)
02. In Full Swing (5:00)
03. Slam In A Jam (5:01)
04. Mister Walker (3:54)
05. The Jackal (7:01)
06. Come With Me (5:18)
07. The Morning After (6:04)
08. Under Your Spell (4:44)
09. Tinsell Town (4:25)
10. Vanston Place [00am] (5:43)
Ronny Jordan (guitar, various instruments, programming);
Dana Bryant, Faye Simpson (vocals);
Guru, Truth Anthony (rap vocals);
Gary Belfield (flute, saxophone);
Joel Campbell (keyboards, synthesizer);
Simon "The Funky Ginger" Law (keyboards, programming);
Tony Mason (drums, percussion);
Akingbola (percussion);
Danny G., Ross Anderson, Lee Hamblin (programming).
Ronny Jordan emerged from the British club jazz explosion of the 1990s seemingly determined to salvage the jazz guitar from middle class cocktail bars and make it hip again. He had a world-wide hit with his jazz-funk cover of "So What" and with The Quiet Revolution had two acid jazz compilation favourites released: "Season For Change", with Gangstarr's lead rapper Guru, and "The Jackal" featuring poetess Dana Bryant. The latter being surprisingly disconcerting for a dance hit: a haunting story of a mysterious ghetto figure it aims at the head as well as the feet.
Throughout the album Jordan's playing is accomplished rather than amazing and is usually to be found propelling amiable jazz-funk tunes. His playing is neat and compact, and if it lacks a little emotional depth it is attractive nonetheless. So maybe the album title is rather misleading, a more accurate one would have been "gentle reform", but then that doesn't quite have the same ring to it. Still, it is well worth your vote.
This is easily one of the best contemporary jazz albums in recent years. Ronny's lucid style is reminiscent of the late, great Wes Montgomery, as well as George Benson. This is a funky collection of tunes that will appeal to acid jazz and hip hop fans. His interpretation of "Mr Walker" (written by Wes Montgomery) is fantastic; almost as good as his cover of "So What" on his first album. There are practically no weak tracks on the album, though some people may dislike "The Jackal", depending on how much you like Dana Bryant. I think he gets away with it. I hope that his new release - "A Brighter Day" - will be in a similar context to this outstanding album.

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