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"Bolero," clocking in at more than 22 minutes, is an intricate interweaving of hip-hop rhythms, Indian flutes, chanting, near-metal-guitar licks, and synth washes that Jordan spent two years compiling. It's an infectious display of high-tech music, but the personality of Jordan's guitar work is barely evident.
"Most of the work on the record was on 'Bolero,' and then we quickly did everything else," laughs Jordan. "Everything else was easy."
Here fusion jazz fans will find Jordan's version of Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon," and the soul/R&B bunch will gravitate toward the Stylistics and Heatwave covers. Jazzers will single out "Plato's Blues." But only one of the cuts shows the intensity of an inspired Jordan: A solo reprise of Heatwave's "Always and Forever" ends the album, the monster guitarist amazingly stripping the piece of its Seventies disco fluffiness with the same complex, visceral chops that snatched him from playing for tips on the streets of New York.
But the tireless Jordan would rather look ahead, already preparing to connect with another segment of his unlimited-but-limiting audience.
"I haven't really decided what I'm going to do for my next project," says Jordan, "but I was thinking of doing a New Age record.