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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.

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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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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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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 ...

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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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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 ...

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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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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 ...

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Chris Standring: Don't Talk, Dance!

Label: Ultimate Vibe
Released: 2014
Track listing: Sky High; Inside Outside; Sneakin’ Out the Front Door; Voices In My Head; Soul Symphony; Another Fine Mess; Crazy Bom Baizy; Ride; Absolute Madness; Yesterday’s Heaven; Imagine That; Scatterfunk; Nothing Lasts Forever

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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 ...


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