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Electric Wonderland

Chris StandringAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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listen  2. Almost SeptemberChris Standring featuring Rick Braun 3:52$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. All That GlittersChris Standring 5:15$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Oliver's TwistChris Standring 3:47$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Wishful ThinkingChris Standring 4:25$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Heart Of The MatterChris Standring 4:28$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. EscapadeChris Standring 3:36$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Merry Go RoundChris Standring 4:50$0.89  Buy MP3 
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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 (March 20, 2012, Ultimate Vibe Recordings), a 10-song CD of original songs that fuses elements of Blue Bolero’s orchestral touches with a ... Read more in Amazon's Chris Standring Store

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  • Audio CD (March 20, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ultimate Vibe Recordings
  • ASIN: B006STHW9E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,254 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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.


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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing and dreamy sound April 4, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Chris Standring has with this album made the summer. A cool, relaxed sound and feel to all the songs. I'm amazed how he can make a guitar express a mood like this. Almost September is a really summery song that makes me think of a warm sunny day with a cool beer or a soft drink with ice. It is also a cruiser song along with Pandora's Box. For the guitar interested the album is available as play-along as well, that I can recommend, as I try to do just that, but its very funny. I listen to a lot of artists like Peter White, Norman Brown, Dwight Sills, Brian Simpson and Jonathan Fritzén, Chris Standring is top notch to me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent musical journey April 11, 2012
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We were first introduced to Chris with "Blue Bolero" a great album and decided to try "Electric Wonderland". We are again enjoying a different side of his music. He creates wonderful pictures with his sound and I recommend this album to anyone who enjoys beautiful flowing jazz.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous Music Master April 5, 2012
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I first heard Chris Standring on an email ad for Spaghettini's in Seal Beach. I listened to his music and was immediately hooked. This latest album of his is fantastic. I saw the video for 'Oliver Twist' off the Electric Wonderland album and was blown away. I watch it every day. Couldn't wait for the album release. If you like smooth jazz guitar music(and I do) he is one of the best. His Blue Bolero was amazing, but Electric Wonderland transcends. And as Oliver said in Oliver Twist "More, Please." Can't wait for his next album, they just keep getting better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chris improves upon perfection April 4, 2012
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I have enjoyed everyone of Chris's albums, thinking that with Blue Bolero he had reached his zenith. I am glad to say that I am wrong as Electric Wonderland has set new standards not only for Chris but the whole smooth jazz genre. Regardless of your mood or temperment, the music utlimately soothes and relaxes. I look forward to driving to and from work as this album continues to me feel good about the world! Keep up the great music, Chris.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Alan's take April 4, 2012
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Once again, Chris Standring has done it again. I've caught most of his stuff and really like it. Hell, I can even go back to when he played backup for the group Solar System. Remember those days Chris?? Mr Standring's guitar always has "bite" to it. A lot of musicians these days play some pretty watered down stuff and try to sound like everyone else. That's what sets him apart from most. Would love to see him in concert someday....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Electric wonderland says it all! April 21, 2012
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I have purchased this CD, Electric Wonderland by Chris Standring to my good fortune! I first heard Mr. Standring on an earlier tune, Liquid Soul, then Blue Bolero, but I had only purchased individual songs. I am happy that I purchased Electric Wonderland in its entirety! I hope to tell you in mere words how much of a treat it is to listen to Mr. Standring make his guitar "sing!" Oliver's Twist is already an ol friend and I dare you to try and sit still. It makes me happy. Another sweet tune is a collaboration with trumpet player Rick Braun, Almost September. Yeah man, it is a rich song you gotta hear it for yourself! My favorite is an intimate tune called Heart of the Matter. I been "feeling" music for awhile, but when real talent and raw creativity plow together to emit such a wonderful arrangement, I have to applaud! There are many tunes for you to explore, and I encourage you to experience Chris Standring on Electric Wonderland, and write of your own review and favorites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Homerun ! April 13, 2012
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I have every album Chris Standring has ever produced. This is an absolute must have for those who enjoy his music. All I can say is buy it, you will love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars About Electric Wonderland April 7, 2012
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A great follow-up to Chris Standring's 2010 'Blue Bolero' with a new approach that will delight his existing fans and make a lot of new fans as well. 'Pandora's Box' is the perfect start into the journey of Electric Wonderland and each piece is refreshing and breathes a new sound into smooth jazz.

The 'wonderland' of the album are the orchestration pieces 'Almost September', 'Heart of the Matter', 'Castle in the Sky' and 'Merry Go Round' are quite lovely really. Chris plays with his fingers on a Guitarlele and that gives a more mello, expressive and intimate sound. The winning combination of violins, the clarinet and cello make for the dreamy and romantic feeling of a motion picture soundtrack. 'All That Glitters' and 'Nightingale's Bridge' are two of my favourites where Chris' electric Guitar shines.

There's something for everyone on this album. The fun and upbeat 'Oliver's Twist' will make you want to dance. The funky beat and doo-wops of "Wishful Thinking and 'Escapade' add to the eclectic mix. You will feel thoroughly entertained. Electric Wonderland
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars You Will Be Groovin
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
Published 2 months ago by Daniel H. Paquette
4.0 out of 5 stars Chris has delivered (again)
The master of smooth jazz has delivered a new gem, with lots of harmonics and original jazz solutions. Love it
Published 4 months ago by Karin
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Listen
I first heard snipets of these songs on Chris's website, which I visited after being impressed by Fast Train Everywhere. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great listening!
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 8 months ago by sherj
4.0 out of 5 stars Great background music!
Part of my 'instrumental only' collection.
Up beat yet easy to listen to while working on the PC, etc. Read more
Published 14 months ago by FHH
4.0 out of 5 stars Renowned Soul/Jazz player
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 14 months ago by Sati
5.0 out of 5 stars Kaleidoscopic inspiration!
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 more
Published 16 months ago by Hiram Gomez Pardo
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
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 close
Published 19 months ago by jimmy guitar Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
had never heard of this artist. heard on radio and just had to have it.All the songs are serene and make me feel good when i'm down. arrived on time and in great shape.
Published 20 months ago by Mary A. Shores
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
Great rhythm and beat to this cd. ThIs is my first cd of Chris's and won't be my last. His music just swoops you up and takes you away to a cool and breezy oasis of musical... Read more
Published 21 months ago by MWJII
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