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Chris Standring: Sunlight

Read "Sunlight" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

When building a house, who's more important? The architect who designs it or the working stiff that puts hammer to nail? Trick question. They're both important and when it comes to playing that guitar thing, Chris Standring is a working stiff. The world needs working stiffs. The world can't run on dreamers alone. It needs doers too. It needs workhorses, not just show horses. Chris Standring is a workhorse. Sunlight is the 11th album by the ...

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Chris Standring: Ten

Read "Ten" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Eight years have passed since Chris Standring's Love and Paragraphs (Ultimate Vibe, 2008) when he last met expectation as a seasoned, if not splashy smooth jazz guitar slinger. Then Standring had something of a musical epihamy where he became simultaneously restless and ambitious. The result was the lavish Blue Bolero (Ultimate Vibe, 2010), a radical departure for the British born artist where he fused jazz combos with a string section for a distinctive classical feel. Standring followed up ...

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Chris Standring: Don't Talk, Dance!

Read "Chris Standring: Don't Talk, Dance!" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

If jazz is to avoid being relegated to the pit of obsolescence where VCR's, pet rocks and NBC's fall lineup for the last five years has been consigned to it won't be enough to simply continue catering to the true believers and faithful die-hards that currently maintains the genre. Jazz will have to go places it hasn't been before and go after potential listeners who think of it as the music their grandparents listened to. One of those ...

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Chris Standring: Electric Wonderland

Read "Electric Wonderland" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

At some point during every artist's career, if they truly consider themselves as artists, they must ask themselves a question of truth. This question is not so much, “Am I following the truth?" but rather “Am I following my truth?"The answer to this question goes a long way in determining whether the artist plays it safe and stays in their comfort zone, or takes the bolder, but potentially more interesting and satisfying course of following their muse wherever ...

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Chris Standring: Blue Bolero

Read "Blue Bolero" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Playing jazz in America would serve as a great cover for someone in the witness protection program. A musician can labor at jazz for years and put together a nice body of work, but the music industry, the media, and the public may barely notice in their search for the next teenage pop star.

Chris Standring has never made an album quite like Blue Bolero. Standring could have stayed in a smooth jazz comfort zone of safe and innocuous music. ...

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Chris Standring: Love and Paragraphs

Read "Love and Paragraphs" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Once upon a time Wes Montgomery plugged in his guitar and changed the way the world listened to jazz. Since then the guitar pick has been passed on to artists including George Benson, Earl Klugh, John Scofield and Pat Metheny, and each and every one has pushed the genre just a little bit further.With Love and Paragraphs, guitarist Chris Standring makes a fair bid to push it the next step forward. This is as close to being a ...

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Chris Standring: Velvet

Read "Velvet" reviewed by Robert Spencer

Chris Standring is an English guitarist with classical training and a predilection for smooth funk-jazz grooves. His contempo guitar sound has turned up already on recordings by Bebe and Cece Winans, Jody Watley, Omar, the Solsonics, Carole Bayer Sager and Rick Braun.

He's played with Braun, Marc Antoine, Patti Austin, Bob James, Dave Koz, Richard Elliott, Boney James, Peter White, Kirk Whalum, and Al Stewart. Trumpeter Braun and smoothie tenor man Kirk Whalum appear with him on Velvet, his debut ...


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