Multifaceted guitar heroes Kevin Eubanks and Stanley Jordan recording a Duets album: an idea that as soon as you hear it, you wonder why nobody, including you, thought of it until now. Eubanks, the Philadelphia native who took New York by storm starting out in straight ahead jazz clubs then progressive albums for contemporary jazz giant GRP Records and legendary Blue Note Records, frequent collaborations with cutting-edge bassist Dave Holland, then 18 years in Jay Leno’s The Tonight Show Band (15 as Music Director) where he played with seemingly every meaningful musician across genres. Jordan, the Chicago-born/Bay Area-raised phenomenon who mesmerized audiences with his instantly identifiable “touch technique” on guitar beginning with his gold- selling Blue Note Records debut Magic Touch (featuring his radio staple remake of Michael Jackson’s “The Lady in My Life”), followed by a string of wide-ranging endeavors including a one-off for Clive Davis’ Arista Records and explorations into the field of music therapy. Add that, between them, both gentlemen play piano, bass and keyboards – and arrange and compose – and the possibilities become truly inviting. Surely Eubanks and Jordan would make some engaging “beyond boundaries” music together. That they do on their serenely seamless 10- song Mack Avenue Records outing, Duets – spontaneous compositions and passionate arrangements that will send listeners’ imaginations on a series of hypnotic journeys.
The impeccably balanced Duets includes four all new “skull arrangements” (so called because they were jointly created off the top of their heads), versions of four well-known classics: “Nature Boy,” “Blue In Green,” “Summertime” and “A Child Is Born;” plus interpretations of a modern pop song (Adele’s “Someone Like You”) and an electronic dance pop hit (Ellie Goulding’s “Lights”). These were the all-natural uncalculated result of long philosophical heart to hearts as well as a 9-city tour – over 30 years after Eubanks’ and Jordan’s first meeting in the early ‘80s at New York’s famed jazz-fusion club, the 55 Grand.