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No Place Better

by Jordan Tice

Original acoustic tunes with hints of bluegrass, old-time, jazz, and celtic.
Genre: Country: Progressive Bluegrass
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1. Last Summer
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2. Donegal Bay
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2:13 album only
3. Whatever Makes You Happy
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4:35 album only
4. Celia's Reel
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5. Things Left Unsaid
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6. Cuckoo's Nest
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7. Indian Summer
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8. Banjo Bit Me in the Morning
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9. Wicker Basket
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10. Jean's Reel/The Girls at Martinfield
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11. No Place Better
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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In 21 short years, Jordan Tice and his guitar have gone places that people twice his age can only imagine. Drawing from his roots in bluegrass, studies of jazz and classical composition, and love of traditional music of all types, Jordan synthesizes diverse elements into something new.

Starting with the Allman Brothers and an electric guitar at age 12, Jordan got into bluegrass through his parents who are bluegrass musicians themselves. Bluegrass gave him a medium to develop his craft naturally as well as begin to write his own music. Concurrently, he studied jazz and classical guitar which helped him develop greater conceptual and technical understanding of the guitar as well as music theory. He is currently a senior music composition major at Towson University on full scholarship where he has written for jazz ensembles as well as classical chamber groups.

He has toured Europe and the US with bluegrass groups as well as lead his own. He has released two albums as a leader on Patuxent Records as well as one as a part of the trio, "Corbett, Chrisman, and Tice" with Wes Corbett on banjo and Simon Chrisman on hammered dulcimer.

In his most recent solo project, "Long Story", Jordan has achieved an engaging, natural, and extremely musical work. Utilizing the talents of Noam Pikelny on banjo, Casey Driessen on fiddle, Andy Hall on dobro, and Mark Schatz on bass, Jordan composed tunes that, as Chris Eldridge writes in the liner notes, "sound and feel natural on bluegrass instruments while gently opening the door to a much wider world of musical influence". "Long Story" is focused yet diverse. Blending memorable melodies with more modern sounds and compositional techniques, Jordan consolidates a large world of musical influence into a collection of music that is complex enough to intrigue musicians across genres while remaining eminently listenable.

Jordan is currently working to form a group to play his music live. He is also constantly writing new music and developing his guitar playing to further realize his place in the musical world. As a tireless, broad-minded listener, Jordan's interests range from Swedish fiddle music to rap, Be-bop to Bartok, Beethoven to Bulgarian. He distills what he likes from each and it becomes part of his own music. Musicians from many genres have found in Jordan, someone who is intuitive, yet analytical, who is able to see the big picture and expand it.


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Joe Ross

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Playing Time – 41:38 -- Jordan Tice is a young sonic alchemist whose highly-arranged musical elixir is centered around lively flatpicked guitar. With the exception of two tracks (Cuckoo’s Nest, Jean’s Reel/Girls at Martinsfield), Tice also demonstrates his rugged individualism and tunecrafting skills with nine original compositions. A new acoustic pioneer with technically impressive moxie, Jordan Tice’s “No Better Place” is a cut above the rest. The reason is largely because of the illustrious cast of characters who are given plenty of opportunities to strut their stuff on some difficult pieces. These players include Ron Stewart (fiddle), Mike Munford (banjo), Akira Otsuka (mandolin), Mark Schatz (bass), and Sue Raines (fiddle on one cut). Tice colors his musical canvas with paint and hues from the folk, bluegrass, and jazz palette.

From Annapolis, Jordan Tice is a young picker just out of high school who will attend Towson State University on a full music scholarship. His tone on guitar is that of a well-seasoned, exceptional player. His sense of time, balance, rhythm and execution are extraordinary. He drives the music with his dynamic musical pronunciation, and the interplay of the veterans with him is phenomenal. Award-winning Ron Stewart plays his fiddle smoothly, lyrically and effortlessly. Sue Raines also has a silky touch on her bow for her showcased Celtic medley. Munford and Otsuka’s instrumental support is collaborative and supportive in nature, flawlessly executed in their own unique styles without grandstanding. Mark Schatz is right on the money with his bass notes, whether they are plucked or bowed. The title cut which closes the album is a guitar and bass duo featuring a tuneful conversation between Tice and Schatz.

Schatz, from Boston, Philadelphia, Nashville, and now Annapolis, has played bass with Tasty Licks, Spectrum, Tony Rice Unit, Bluegrass Album Band, Tim & Mollie O’Brien, Flatt Heads, & Nickel Creek. The 1994 & 1995 IBMA Bass Player of the Year also plays clawhammer-style banjo that imparts a bit of old-time flavoring to “Cuckoo’s Nest” & “Wicker Basket.” Sleepy Valley Ranch in Paoli, Indiana is Ron Stewart’s home. Before becoming one of bluegrass music’s top session men, he’s worked with Curly Seckler, Gary Brewer & the Kentucky Ramblers, Little Creek, Petticoat Junction, Lynn Morris Band, & now J.D. Crowe & the New South. In 2000, Stewart won IBMA’s Fiddle Player of the Year award.

Jordan Tice’s influences include Strength in Numbers, Bela Fleck, Tony Rice, David Grier, Stuart Duncan, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, Pat Metheny, Keith Jarrett and Bill Frisell. It very possible that, with some luck and determination, Jordan Tice’s name will someday be as well known as their’s. Besides touring and recording with Gary Ferguson and Sally Love, Tice has performed with a bluegrass band called Foxes on the Run. His new band, based in Front Royal, Va. is called “Blue Light Special.” Tice says the best way to understand bluegrass (“hillbilly music” he calls it) is just to “listen to it.” The erudite music he plays on “No Place Better” will take a little more reflection and study to fully comprehend the gravity and importance of this instrumental release. (Joe Ross)