Jazz guitarist Ronny Jordan has died at 51. Jordan was a pathfinder in the “acid jazz” scene, as Mojo describes:
Jordan was in thrall to Grant Green, Kenny Burrell and Wes Montgomery. (He) came to further prominence when he appeared on Gangstarr leader Guru’s groundbreaking Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1 album in 1993. Fusing hip-hop with jazz instrumentation, the album became a cult classic in the UK and placed Jordan in the company of such players as Donald Byrd, Branford Marsalis, Roy Ayers and Lonnie Liston Smith.
Mojo also quotes a Facebook statement from Jordan’s family:
We are still coming to terms with the loss of our brother. We are taking steps to manage Ronny’s personal affairs and so we ask if you could kindly bear with us as we deal with his matters in the background.
The cause of death has not been announced.
Read more and listen to Ronny Jordan at Mojo.