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Stanley Jordan: Magic Touch (1985)

“Magic Touch” is the first studio album by Stanley Jordan, an American jazz guitarist known for his two-handed tapping (touch technique) to play two completely independent lines (melody and accompaniment) on the guitar at the same time, as if it were a keyboard.

Recorded in 1984. Released from Blue Note in 1985.

A pop and easy-listening guitar jazz album in the fusion/smooth jazz style, featuring Jordan’s tapping virtuosity.

A hit album that had topped the Billboard’s Jazz albums chart for 51 weeks.

It includes four originals and six covers: “Eleanor Rigby” (The Beatles), “Freddie Freeloader” (Miles Davis), “Round Midnight” (Thelonious Monk), Michael Jackson’s “The Lady in My Life” (written and composed by Rod Temperton), “Angel” (Jimi Hendrix), and “A Child Is Born” (Thad Jones).

Some tracks are guitar solos, and others are performed with bass, drums, percussion, and keyboards.

Produced by Al di Meola.

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