What Killed Ronnie Jordan?

All Things Music: a Sheftonian Blog II

The question on a lot of peoples mind. Last year we lost one the most influential musicians of out times and a pioneer of acid jazz,  guitarist Ronnie Jordan. This art form  also known as club jazz, is a musical genre that combines elements of jazz, soul, funk and disco.  Acid jazz originated in the London club scene of the mid-1980s in the rare groove movement and spread to the US, Japan, Eastern Europe and Brazil. Just when I was coming to know who the cat was his  blazing unique jazz solos and soulful sound he was taken from us. Unfortunately,  I never had a chance to meet him but as a musician admired his elegance musically and the strength of his large , solid underground movement.  He came to prominence in the early nineties describing his sound as “Urban Jazz”. He debut on Rapper’s “Guru” in 1993 then on a compilation album entitle “Stolen Moment”:Red Hot + Cool.

The London-born performer’s death was announced by his brother and sister through a tribute page on Facebook. Jordan’s best known work was an upbeat reworking of So What by jazz legend Miles Davies.The composition was also featured prominently on Guru’s Jazzmatazz Vol 1 album, bringing jazz to the dance floor. Jordan’s 1992 album The Antidote – which contained So What – first brought him to prominence. Along with Courtney Pine, he was one of the few jazz artists signed to Island Records at the time.He went on to be nominated for a Grammy in 2000 for his album Brighter Day, which was a top 10 hit on the Billboard jazz chart in the US. Jordan also won a Mobo award for best jazz act that year. Also in 2000, his song The Jackal was lip-synched by actress Allison Janney in an episode of hit US drama The West Wing. He spent his career performing extensively all over the world and headlined a number of jazz festivals. DJ Gilles Peterson paid tribute to Jordan’s track So What on Twitter, saying it was a “surefire winner” on the dance floor at London nightclub The Fridge “back in the day”. Jordan’s brother and sister, Rickey and Denise, said that funeral arrangements for the musician would be announced in due course . The cause of his death was not disclosed.