Home » Jazz Articles » Album Review » Chris Standring: Ten


Chris Standring: Ten


Sign in to view read count
Chris Standring: Ten
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 with three releases from his Ultimate Vibe label. Send Me Some Snow, a Christmas album of original compositions with vocalist Katherin Shorr, Electric Wonderland, a slightly lesser follow-up to Blue Bolero, but still enjoyable on its own merits and 2014's Don't Talk, Dance! as Standring stuck a toe in the waters of electronic dance music.

Back after two years, Ten is the sound of Standring idling in neutral. That's not a bad thing, but even in the liner notes when Standring says, "Finally, I wanted to make an album that got my jazz rocks off but was still accessible to people who weren't musicians," it feels like he's pulling back instead of pushing forward.

"Ready Steady Flow" opens Ten with a nice bouncy groove with Standring engaging in a call-and-response between his guitar and talk box. "Bossa Go Go" is fanciful fun and "Snake Oil"benefits from Dino Soldo's tenor sax solo, but all n' all there's a lot of nice sounding grooves that don't fully leave a lasting impression. It's all good, but never transcends into greatness.

The Standring style is to show don't tell, but even when showing doing it without showing off. "Economical" may be misconstrued as not being a compliment, but Standring is a prudent player who keeps things tight. At a time when flashy technique and piling notes upon notes are often confused with being brilliant, his "less-is-more" approach may not be dazzling, but it is in the pocket because everything fits on Ten. While it is more pleasant than astounding, it's a perfectly fine way to spend 48 minutes.

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


Chris Standring: guitars, talk box, keyboards, programming; Andre Berry: bass (1, 5, 6, 7, 9); Chris Coleman: drums (1, 2, 6); Dino Soldo: saxophones, EWI, tenor sax solo (2); Dan Lutz: acoustic bass (2, 3, 4, 8, 10); David Karsony: drums (3, 4, 7, 8, 10); Jeff Babko: Fender Rhodes (3); Jim Wilson: acoustic piano (4); Rodney Lee: organ (5) ; Sergio Gonzales: drums (5, 9)

Album information

Title: Ten | Year Released: 2016 | Record Label: Ultimate Vibe

< Previous
The Golden Measure




Aug 3 Sat
Aug 14 Wed
Aug 17 Sat
Aug 17 Sat
Aug 17 Sat

For the Love of Jazz
Get the Jazz Near You newsletter All About Jazz has been a pillar of jazz since 1995, championing it as an art form and, more importantly, supporting the musicians who create it. Our enduring commitment has made "AAJ" one of the most culturally important websites of its kind, read by hundreds of thousands of fans, musicians and industry figures every month.

You Can Help
To expand our coverage even further and develop new means to foster jazz discovery and connectivity we need your help. You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky ads plus provide access to future articles for a full year. This winning combination will vastly improve your AAJ experience and allow us to vigorously build on the pioneering work we first started in 1995. So enjoy an ad-free AAJ experience and help us remain a positive beacon for jazz by making a donation today.


Ill Considered
My Prophet
Oded Tzur
Hearts of Palm
Eden Har-Gil


For Real!
Hampton Hawes
My Prophet
Oded Tzur
Nimble Digits
Geoff Stradling
Time Again
Koppel, Blade, Koppel

Get more of a good thing!

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories, our special offers, and upcoming jazz events near you.