Chris Standring is one of the rare guitarists, which have been
blessed with significant success. Toughly earned, this success rests
on numerous pillars. Chris knows the music business and runs his own
record label. He seeks collaboration with other artists. And remains
on everyone's lips through numerous appearances and record releases.
In the end, however, it is his style with high recognition value
that distinguishes him from other musicians.
His new album Real Life (2020) fits seamlessly into this
chain of success. Chris performs on his new project guitars, keyboards
and programming. He is accompanied on selected tracks by Andre Barry
(bass), Chris Coleman, David Karasony (drums), Mitchel Forman
(acoustic piano), Ronnie Gutierrez (percussion), Kevin Axt (upright
bass), Hans Zermulen, Matt Rhode (Fender Rhodes), Iris Almario
(handclaps), Vanessa Haynes (vocals), and Lauren Christy (background
Is There A Doctor In The House? With this provocative
question, which today even implies political meaning, Chris titles his
introductory song. What sounds like the harmonic intro chorus of Take
6 is based on a finely programmed vocal sample. In earlier time we
called Chris' guitar style acid jazz, meanwhile it's the sonic
highlight of every event.
Another musical gem is the mellow Out Of The Blue. We had not
heard from Mitchel Forman for a long time. Here he grows to true
greatness at the piano. Concise guitar riffs accompanied by powerful
organ chords are the characteristic of Whatever She Wants.
In Other Words is inspired by Pat Metheny's music, which
makes this tune very sympathetic.
The orchestral hits of the danceable Shake You Up might be
influenced by Paul MacCartney's Simply Having A Wonderful
Christmas Time, while the bass run has some Wham effect. The
spark will quickly fly. Ronnie Gutierrez provides the necessary swing
on What Goes Around with jingling sleigh bells. The late
George Jinda comes into mind.
Living The Poetry is the product of a fruitful collaboration
between Chris and the seven-time Grammy nominated singer Lauren
Christy, who sings here only in the background while Vanessa Haynes
takes over the lead vocals. The song is spiced up by vigorous Talkbox
use and a funky intro, which, however, does not dominate the piece
throughout. Another Train brings the guitar melody back to
its core element and elevates it to concentrated lightness.
Tell Me A Bedtime Story was originally recorded in 1969 by
jazz keyboardist Herbie Hancock for his Warner Brothers Records debut
Fat Albert Rotunda. Chris integrates the song brilliantly
into his own sound cosmos. This Mess Is A Place opts for a
theme that is always repeated in hypnotic features.
Prelude From Bach Cello Suite 1 is part of a cycle that
Johannes Sebastian Bach wrote in the years 1717-23. Although conceived
for the cello, Chris takes the artistic freedom to celebrate this
well-known classical piece on his new Spanish acoustic guitar. A
Chris Standring's intention was to create an album as authentic as
possible. Thus, Real Life reflects the entire spectrum of his
personality as a person and musician. A versatile album that clearly
stands out stylistically and musically from current new releases.
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Title: Real Life
Artist: Chris Standring
Genre: General Jazz
Label: Ultimate Vibe Recordings
1. Is There A Doctor In The House?
2. Out Of The Blue
Whatever She Wants
4. In Other Words
5. Shake You Up
6. What Goes Around
7. Living The Poetry
9. Tell Me A Bedtime Story
10. This Mess Is A
11. Prelude From Bach Cello Suite 1
Shades of Cool
Don't Talk, Dance!
Send Me Some Snow
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