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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 ...
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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2012
  • Label: Ultimate Vibe
  • UPC: 091037112989
  • Catalog Number: 5

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
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
Barbra Porter Violin
Technical Credits
Rodney Lee Mastering
Chris Standring Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Liner Notes, Orchestration
Patty Palazzo Graphic Design
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  • Posted June 26, 2012

    Highly Recommended-you must check it out!

    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.

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