Throwback Thursday: Tribute to Ronny Jordan

A couple of weeks ago, we were extremely shocked and saddened to hear of the untimely passing of Ronny Jordan, British guitarist and good friend of Giant Step. Jordan came onto the scene in the early 90s at the forefront of the acid jazz movement, which combined elements of R&B, hip-hop, and jazz. The unfortunate news prompted us to remember the career of an incredibly talented musician that we’ve been lucky to support from the beginning.
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Rest In Peace, Ravi Shankar

 

Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar passed away yesterday at the age of 92. Heralded for popularizing Indian classical music throughout the world, the three time Grammy winner also taught close friend George Harrison of The Beatles how to play sitar, with whom he also collaborated. He helped make history at the iconic 1969 Woodstock gathering with Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, yet still shunned Western standards of celebrity, stating that he preferred to focus on his music and spirituality.

He leaves behind his wife, and his two daughters sitar player Anoushka Shankar and jazz singer Norah Jones. Shankar played his last show on November 4 in Long Beach, California alongside Anoushka, who often joined him.

His latest album, The Living Room Sessions, Part 1, is currently nominated for a 2013 Grammy Award. Here’s to a true great in music and a life well lived.

Farewell to Etta James

 

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Looks like bad news comes in three’s. It’s been a sad week for soul and funk music with the passing of Jimmy Castor, Johnny Otis, and now, Etta James.

The Grammy Hall of Famer died this morning at the age of 73. She will be revered always for her deeply honest vocal style, inspiring so many after her.

Read more on Etta at the LA Times.

 

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“Lovergirl” – Teena Marie Tribute from Sy Smith and Mark de Clive-Lowe + MP3

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We were deeply saddened to hear about the loss of the legendary singer Teena Marie, who passed away on December 26th, 2010 at the age of 54. Giant Step was lucky to work with Teena, including her 2009 album, Congo Square, a long way from her past as a Rick James protege. She spent much of 2009 and 2010 touring in support of the new album, and delighting fans with her super-hits like “Lovergirl,” “Ooo La La La” and “Lead Me On.”

In one of many many artist tributes, Sy Smith teamed up with Mark de Clive-Lowe to release a syberized version of “Lovergirl.” Check out the Bandcamp page to read words from Sy Smith about the track and the importance of Lady T.

RIP Steve Marston

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We were very sad to hear about the untimely passing of Steve Marston, a founding member of the seminal UK soul band D-Influence. Giant Step was honored to know Steve who was a true gentleman. We presented D-Influence’s US debut way back in the early 90s, and we hope the video above, live in Montreux, is a fitting tribute today.