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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

Very Good Album

This is really great! Thanks Chris. My favourites are Merry Go Round, Castle in The Sky and the bonus track. It shows you Chris's versatility. Just close your eyes and let the music play, folks. You'll know what I mean.

groovier

I know he had some good success with Blue Bolero, but this cd goes back to grooving rather then the gloomier/moodier sound of Blue Bolero. I am digging this one allot, fans of Soul Express I think will agree. Nice job Chris !

Great music!

Way to go Chris,this is outstanding music! Get to just chill to have some adult beverage and enjoy this music and life. Very relaxing and smooth.

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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