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The success of Chris Standring’s groundbreaking 2010 CD Blue Bolero, which topped several year-end lists and produced a No. 1 single, made it a tough act for the guitarist to follow. But Standring has managed quite nicely with Electric Wonderland, his brand new 10-song CD of original songs that fuses elements of Blue Bolero’s orchestral touches with a deft jazz-pop touch that has been a hallmark of Standring’s stellar career. “I feel like it’s an extension of Blue Bolero, but a bit more playful and upbeat,” says Standring. “It also came out much dreamier. And of course I m playing electric guitar, so I wanted to merge the two when naming the CD.”
On Electric Wonderland, Standring’s longtime fans, as well as guitar aficionados, may recognize that he’s doing two new things here. The first is that, in keeping with the CD’s title, he’s traded his archtop jazz guitar which imparts a much more acoustic sound for a Fender Stratocaster, whose strings and solid-body infuses his music with a more expressive sound. “The Fender Strat guitar gives you an electric quality,” Standring says. “Because I’m a jazz player, I wanted to get a jazz sound out of that instrument, but to be expressive in the way a rock guitarist might, such as with bending the strings.”
The other thing Standring did on Electric Wonderland was to throw away his pick, for the most part. This leads to a difference in tone and an enhanced personal and intimate experience for the listener. “I went through a phase where I didn’t enjoy hearing myself play with a pick. It got in the way in what I was trying to express. When I put it down and played with my fingers and listened back to it, it felt more musical, much more intimate. I found myself gravitating more to that sound. It’s also how I’m playing live now.”
With Electric Wonderland, Standring is sure to draw more accolades from both music critics and his ever-growing fan base. JazzTimes Magazine has twice named his CDs the best of the year, while 2010 s Blue Bolero was named CD of the year by the influential Art Good s JazzTrax, and the song “Bossa Blue” which was No. 1 for nine weeks was named Billboard s Contemporary Jazz song of the year in 2010.
I'm listening now and WOW is the word. I wish Chris could come to Corning,NY to perfrom.
The sound is smoooooooth and funky and sweeeet. Read more
The master of smooth jazz has delivered a new gem, with lots of harmonics and original jazz solutions. Love itPublished 11 months ago by Karin
I first heard snipets of these songs on Chris's website, which I visited after being impressed by Fast Train Everywhere. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm enjoying this release very much...my favorite track being Oliver's Twist. I would recommend it for anyone who is a Chris Standing fan.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
Part of my 'instrumental only' collection.
Up beat yet easy to listen to while working on the PC, etc. Read more
Renowned Jazz player Chris Standring's latest CD. Very exciting line-up and relaxing to listen. This will certainly be appreciated by all, especially the Jazz enthusiasts.Published 22 months ago by Sati
Chris Standring shows versatility, dynamic punch and inspired flair. Themes such as the beautiful ballad Nightingale's bridge,Oliver Twist, Pandora's box, Castle in the sky, All... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Hiram Gomez Pardo
I expected something a little funkier from Chris. totally disappointed however it might be okay for easy listening I like heavy rhythm this CD did not come closePublished on September 25, 2012 by jimmy guitar Taylor