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Chris Standring

Over the course of five CDs, guitarist Chris Standring has distinguished himself in the contemporary jazz realm with adventurous and lyrical compositions leavened with pure-pop perfection, dazzling guitar solos and thick beats. His jazz leanings and riffs have always been in the foreground, but he expanded his sound with rock, blues, R&B and electronic elements. With his sixth CD, Blue Bolero, Standring returns with a left-turning musical project so daring in its scope but still so true to his sound that it's destined to be one of the year's most-discussed projects, while certainly sure to be remembered in years to come as a highlight of the guitarist's works

Album

Wonderful World

Label: Ultimate Vibe
Released: 2021
Track listing: How Insensitive; Night and Day; Autumn in New York; Estate; What a Wonderful World; On Green Dolphin Street; Alfie; Falling in Love with Love; Sunrise; Maxine; My Foolish Heart.

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Slide Hampton & Steve Million

Read "Slide Hampton & Steve Million" reviewed by Joe Dimino


The 728th Episode of Neon Jazz begins with veteran Chicago by way of Kansas City-based pianist Steve Million. He's had a busy 2021 slate of releases and discusses his activity. From there, we hear a strings infused tune from the always talented Cory Weeds. Our hour continues with music from modern artists like Miquel de Armas, ...

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Article: Album Review

Chris Standring: Wonderful World

Read "Wonderful World" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


Many years ago, there was a radio station, WJBR, broadcasting from Wilmington, Delaware. The call sign stood for Just Beautiful Radio and that was precisely what you got. No-one called it easy listening or anything like that--it was the early 1960s--but listeners got a predictable dose of Percy Faith, Ray Conniff, Frank Chacksfield, nothing too challenging. ...

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Article: Album Review

Chris Standring: Wonderful World

Read "Wonderful World" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Chris Standring is a Los Angeles-based contemporary jazz guitarist who was originally raised in Buckinghamshire, England. He has always had an itch to record an album of standards and that was scratched with the release of Wonderful World . Through the marvels of technology, Standring was able to record the trio tracks in several locations in ...

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Article: Album Review

Chris Standring: Wonderful World

Read "Wonderful World" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Wonderful World, the fourteenth album as leader by British guitarist Chris Standring, was no doubt recorded with the best of intentions. And make no mistake, the music is warm and lovely, furnishing an opulent showcase for Standring's mellow guitar. Aside from that, however, there's not a whole lot to say. Standring's “orchestra" consists of a nineteen-member ...

Album

Sunlight

Label: Ultimate Vibe
Released: 2018
Track listing: Static In the Attic; Aphrodisiac; Love Street; The Revisit; No Explanation; God Only Knows; Like Paradise; Moon Child; Do Not Adjust Your Set; The Principle of Pleasure; Static In the Attic (reprise).

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Article: Album Review

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 ...

Album

Ten

Label: Ultimate Vibe
Released: 2016
Track listing: Ready Steady Flow; Snake Oil; Magic Carpet Ride; Carousel; Like This, Like That; Soul Vibration; Bossa Go Go; Parisian Blue; A Piece of Cake; Never Too Late

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News: Festival

West Michigan's Free Weekend-Long Jazz Festival Announces 2016 Lineup

West Michigan's Free Weekend-Long Jazz Festival Announces 2016 Lineup

GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation has announced the performance lineup for the fifth annual festival being held Saturday, August 20, and Sunday, August 21, at Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Eleven diverse acts are on tap for West Michigan’s only free, weekend-long jazz festival. The performance lineup: Saturday night headliner / main headline ...


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