Archive for December 27th, 2009

Chris Standring – Blue Bolero

Thanks to the benefit of a subscription to Chris Standring‘s newsletter I can announce glad tidings about the nearly arrival of his new album Blue Bolero, which will be released on his label Ultimate Vibe Records on March 2nd 2010. The first single will be out in February.

According to Chris Standring’s liner notes he wanted to make a project with musical elements that reflect his musical training, influences and cultural surroundings. The music here is based around several themes and represents a very reflective mood throughout. Chris adapted structures and themes of classic masterworks and brilliantly melted them into his own song literature and melodies.

Orchestral samples are the magic word and the devoted support of musicians like Dave Karasony (drums), Larry Steen (acoustic bass), Barbara Porter (violin), and guest musicians like Rodney Lee (Fender Rhodes), Eric Valentine (drums), Katisse Buckingham (flute), Andre Berry (bass), Dewayne “Smitty” Smith (bass), Tim Landers (bass), Rico Belled (bass), and Mitch Forman (Fender Rhodes).

Following the structure of a symphony Chris Standring starts the album with Overture. In the style of Benjamin Britten’s Simple Symphony pizzicato violin chords are introducing into Chris Standring’s guitar performance. Then the strings are coming in. After this classical introduction the guitar play transforms to a jazzy escapade. Rodney Lee brings in a great solo on Fender Rhodes accompanied by Dave Karasony on drums. Since George Duke’s Muir Woods Suite is this a very innovative and outstanding project melting jazz with symphonic elements.

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