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Electric Wonderland (Bonus Version)

Chris Standring

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Album Review

Buoyed by the success of his first guitar/strings-themed album, Blue Bolero, British jazz-soul multi-instrumentalist Chris Standring adopts a similarly adventurous method for its follow-up, Electric Wonderland, by abandoning his usual plucked acoustic style for a fingerpicking Fender Stratocaster approach. It's a move that results in arguably his most expressive and playful record to date, its ten original instrumentals drifting from seductive bossa nova ("Oliver's Twist") to infectious brass-led soul ("Almost September") to dreamy lounge-funk ("Castle in the Sky") with the effortlessness and grace that fans of his smooth contemporary sound have become accustomed to. The funky grooves, wah-wah riffs, and vocodered vocal loops of "Pandora's Box" and the languid acid jazz of "Wishful Thinking" are affectionate nods to his Solar System background, while the mellow blues of "Nightingale's Bridge" and the stripped-back shuffle of "Heart of the Matter" are tender romantic numbers likely to have many listeners hearts aflutter. But it's when Standring fully utilizes his newfound love of the string quartet that the album flourishes, whether it's the suitably amusement park-style waltz of "Merry Go Round," the skittering drum'n'bass of "Escapade," or the percussive new age of "All That Glitters." A convincing foray into new territory, Electric Wonderland more than lives up to its name. ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Electric Wonderland

Stunning album! Fresh, exciting and pushes the boundaries !! Buy blind !!! Can't recommend enough

More Excellence from Chris !

As a keen fan of Chris Standring for many years i was awaiting this album eagerly,the album opens with the superb 'Pandora's Box' which is one of the best on the album,a great groove with Chris's trademark guitar.
Another superb track 'All That Glitters' reminds me of Pat Metheny,drifting percussion intermingled with some heavenly piano and superb licks of guitar,superb!
'Escapade' is certainly one of my favorites,a great driving track with some great percussion/guitar interplay.
All in all a superb album,let's have some more soon Chris!
Without Doubt one of the best and most underated jazz guitarists in the World.
Brilliant.

Biography

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Smooth jazz guitarist Chris Standring was born and raised in Buckinghamshire, England; classically trained at the London College of Music, he further honed his skills during a decade spent working for the BBC as well as a number of theatrical orchestras on London's West End. From there Standring relocated to Los Angeles, where he became a top session player after recording with everyone from Bebe & Cece Winans to Jody Watley to Carole Bayer Sager; in 1996, he also teamed with keyboardist Rodney...
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