Various Press with Marcus

After Island Records released his debut album, "The Antidote," in 1993, guitarist Ronny Jordan quickly became part of the acid-jazz buzz. But Jordan says there's always been more to him than groove and he's happy about finally being able to share his other sides on his new CD, "A Brighter Day" (Blue Note). "When people think of me, they think of a guy who loves those beats, and oh yeah, plays a little guitar. But I've always seen myself as a guitarist first, one who ventures into various directions. I really feel this record is giving me the first opportunity to show all I can do." The track "Two Worlds," finds Jordan mining an aggressive bossa-minded groove, holding occasional musical conversations with the energetic, Latin-styled piano of Marcus Persiani.