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Chris Standring – Ten

His music style is unique and has a high recognition value. Guitarist Chris Standring is one of the rare guitarists, who invents himself again and again. Thus, each of his albums has the charm of discovery. So it is with his latest album that’s aptly called Ten.

While he focused on his previous album on songwriting, composition and arranging, he allows himself on the new one to improvise and just really play what he defines as jazz guitar performance. The elite circle of musicians accompanying him are Andre Berry (bass), Chris Coleman, David Karasony and Sergio Gonzalez (drums), Dino Soldo (sax), Dan Lutz (acoustic bass), Jeff Babko (Fender Rhodes), and Rodney Lee (organ).

Ready Steady Flow starts the album with a memorable hooking groove, which unmistakably sets this guitarist on the forefront of the smooth jazz genre. He combines a catchy rhythm with classy talk box and his resounding Benedetto Bambino archtop guitar. Don’t miss the remarkable video of this song featuring model Shasta Wonder.

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Chris Standring – Ten

TenChris Standring offers his tenth solo recording with a dazzling soul infused groove-laden jazz set. Digging even deeper into creative territory, Standring continues to stand out from the herd and blaze new trails in the contemporary jazz world.

Celebrating the remarkable milestone of album number Ten – an ever evolving catalog that includes the 2011 re-issue of his 1989 first indie recording Main Course (The Early Tapes) – he’s still got the cool, trippy sonics happening via a colorful fusing of live instrument and DJ sounds. But this time, while keeping his melodies, rhythms and arrangements as infectious as ever, the British born, L.A. based hit maker fashions them as the vehicle for him to unleash his deeper chops as a powerhouse jazz player and improviser.

Soloing with a wild abandon he’s been holding back way too long, the longtime Benedetto endorse introduces us to the latest love of his musical life, his new, gorgeous white Bambino archtop jazz guitar. Perfect combination? Sounds like a perfect Ten. For a very early pre-copy visit Chris’ website and subscribe to his newsletter or place your order at Amazon.

Chris Standring – Don’t Talk, Dance!

When Chris Standring records a new album, you have to expect the unexpected. His upcoming album don’t talk, Dance! is a departure from his earlier style, as we know it from his albums Velvet (1998), Hip Sway (2000), Groovalicious (2003), Soul Express (2006), Love and Paragraphs (2008), Blue Bolero (2010) or Electric Wonderland (2012).

Although he recorded the album with known jazz musicians such as bassists Andre Berry and Neil Stubenhaus, and drummers Dave Salinas, Guy Richman, Dave Karasony, Sergio Gonzales, Eric Valentine, Joey Heredia, Chris Blondal and keyboardist Rodney Lee, he surprises us with some Euro-styled electronic dance music.

Chris explains this decision: “… I have to do something fresh every time out. On most tracks artists record in my genre, there’s a melody, chorus and solo and essentially their featured instrument is the lead voice throughout. On don’t talk, Dance! I didn’t want to play that game, putting my guitar up front every minute. Because when I listen to all the crazy European music that’s been inspiring me lately, I’m finding a lot of it is more about vibe than melody and I didn’t want to change that too much. I chose to keep the ‘danciness’ part of that intact’ but put my own spin on it …”

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Chris Standring – Electric Wonderland

British guitarist Chris Standring is well acquainted with the habits of the music industry. To stay in the public interest of music fans, it is essential to draw their attention with regular publications.

This experience internalized Chris pleased the community with his albums Velvet (1998), Hip Sway (2000), Groovalicious (2003), Soul Express (2006), Love and Paragraphs (2008), Blue Bolero (2010), and Send Me Some Snow (2011), a collaboration with singer Kathrin Shorr.

The year 2012 welcomes him back with his new album Electric Wonderland. There is less orchestration like on Blue Bolero. Chris returned to a personal style playing a Fender Stratocaster instead his archtop jazz guitar and that without a pick. He comments: “When I put it down and played with my fingers and listened back to it, it felt more musical, much more intimate. I found myself gravitating more to that sound. It’s also how I’m playing live now.”

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Chris Standring – Electric Wonderland

The success of Chris Standring’s groundbreaking 2010 CD Blue Bolero, which topped several year-end lists and produced a No. 1 single, made it a tough act for the guitarist to follow. But Standring has managed quite nicely with Electric Wonderland, his brand new 10-song CD of original songs that fuses elements of Blue Bolero’s orchestral touches with a deft jazz-pop touch that’s been a hallmark of Standring’s stellar career.

“I feel like it’s an extension of Blue Bolero, but a bit more playful and upbeat,” says Standring. “It also came out much dreamier. And of course I’m playing electric guitar, so I wanted to merge the two when naming the CD.”

On Electric Wonderland, Standring’s longtime fans, as well as guitar aficionados, may recognize that he’s doing two new things here. The first is that, in keeping with the CD’s title, he’s traded his archtop jazz guitar — which imparts a much more acoustic sound — for a Fender Stratocaster, whose strings and solid-body infuses his music with a more expressive sound. “The Fender Strat guitar gives you an electric quality,” Standring says. “Because I’m a jazz player, I wanted to get a jazz sound out of that instrument, but to be expressive in the way a rock guitarist might, such as with bending the strings.”

The other thing Standring did on Electric Wonderland was to throw away his pick, for the most part. This leads to a difference in tone and an enhanced personal and intimate experience for the listener. “I went through a phase where I didn’t enjoy hearing myself play with a pick. It got in the way in what I was trying to express. When I put it down and played with my fingers and listened back to it, it felt more musical, much more intimate. I found myself gravitating more to that sound. It’s also how I’m playing live now.”

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Chris Standring and Kathrin Shorr – Send Me Some Snow

If you like Christmas music but are looking for something other than traditional holiday songs, Chris Standring and Kathrin Shorr may have what you need. Send Me Some Snow (Ultimate Vibe, 2011) presents 10 delightfully original songs – music written by the pair, lyrics by Shorr.

Standring handles guitars, keyboard, arranging and programming on all tracks. Shorr sings lead and, depending on the song, provides some combination of sleigh bells, glockenspiel, finger snaps, hand claps and ukulele. A variable assortment of musicians provide accompaniment, including drummer David Karasony and pianist. Violinists Nikki Garcia and Jenny Takamatsu, viola player Tom Tally, and cellist Cameron Stone appear on six tracks.

“I’ve Got a Thing for Jack” is a playful piece wherein Shorr yearns for the nippy visits of Jack Frost. The strings add a touch of classical elegance to an otherwise happy-go-lucky song. Overdubs allow Shorr to harmonize.

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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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