Electric Wonderland

Electric Wonderland

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by Chris Standring
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/20/2012
Label:
Ultimate Vibe
UPC:
0091037112989
catalogNumber:
5
Rank:
60041

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Standring   Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Talk Box,Guitarelle
Andre Berry   Electric Bass
Rick Braun   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Mitchel Forman   Piano
Barbara Porter   Violin
Dino Soldo   Clarinet,Saxophone,EWI
Tom Tally   Viola
Cameron Stone   Cello
Larry Steen   Acoustic Bass
Jimmy Earl   Electric Bass
Rodney Lee   fender rhodes
Oscar Seaton   Drums
Dan Lutz   Acoustic Bass
David Karasony   Drums
Nikki Garcia   Violin

Technical Credits

Chris Standring   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Liner Notes,Orchestration
Patty Palazzo   Graphic Design

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Electric Wonderland 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JEANPIERREFORRES6 More than 1 year ago
I had the great pleasure of hearing Chris at a small venue at the very top of the Corning Tower in Albany. I asked him his Zodiac sign and he told me he was a Sag and then he signed my Groovalicious CD. This new one is extremely plessing and I'm glad I have it.