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Soul Express

Chris StandringAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 9, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Trippin & Rhythm
  • ASIN: B000P29B7G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,042 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Catwalk
2. Kaleidoscope
3. Constellation
4. A Method To the Madness
5. I Can't Help Myself
6. Soul Express
7. Through the Looking Glass
8. Mumbo Jumbo
9. As
10. Shooting Stars
11. Giant Steps

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than 1 catchy tune May 31, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I recently got XM radio and I kept hearing this tune, looking at the display and by the 3rd time, this name Chris Standring soaked in. I've actually heard of hm before but this is the first of his CDs I purchased. Now that I have listened to the whole thing, I didn't even need to listen to a 2nd time to heartily recommend it for anyone who likes a jazz guitar CD. I can't say it is this or that, This guy has a distinctive sound. The first tune Catwalk is simple but resonates. The title track Soul Express has a quiet sophisticated mood. And the tune that caught my attention on XM was I Can't Help Myself. This was money well spent!!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An AWESOME CD!! July 8, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Chris Standring's latest CD, "Soul Express" is truly awesome. If you like smooth jazz, smooth techno music, and some acid jazz, this CD is a highly recommend for your collection. It's a mix of groovy, funky, and melodic music. This CD is mostly instrumental with some melodic background vocals. If you like George Benson, Ronny Jordan, or Avenue Blue, you will enjoy this CD.

"Catwalk" has groovy beats with soul guitar licks. "Kaleidocscope" is little more like chill music. "Constellation" is pretty much like ambient club music. "A Method to the Madness" has a funky smooth jazz sound with George Benson-like background vocal. "I Can't Help Myself" is a smash hit on smooth jazz radio. The title track, "Soul Express" is hypnotic with a lyrical guitar synthesizer. "Through the Looking Glass" is a song that he recorded back in the 90's as a single and was not available on any of his CD's in the U.S. until now with improved re-mixed version. "Mumbo Jumbo" also has a melodic George Benson-like vocal sound along with deep rhythmic bass. Stevie Wonder's "As" has a harmonica added to the mix, and you'll hear soothing vocals in the background. The swinging rhythmic of "Shooting Stars" is filled with a dexterous guitar. John Coltrane's "Giant Steps" is kind of like a smooth electronica with an acid jazz guitar in the foreground.

I really enjoy listening to "Soul Express," and it can be addicting. I probably will never take this CD out of my CD changer. It's perfect for your workplace, driving, playing fun games, or else that keep you going smoothly. Grade: A
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A highly recommended piece of work! May 21, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Having known Chris for more than 30 years and his various tastes in music, I was not surprised when he stamped his mark on the Smooth Jazz scene with Velvet. He went from strength to strength with Hip Sway and then the follow up 'Groovalicious', but his maturity has really moved with the times and his melodic mix of smooth jazz with the DJ scene has created an all round and outstanding album. The melodies and the hooks all create a real smooth jazz junkies trip of melodic surprise, which leads up to the finale - 'Giant Steps'. Chris has done himself proud with this new album and has put his heart and soul into a recording which I have no problem recommending. So what are you waiting for, you know you wanna buy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars soul express/chris standring May 27, 2006
By Tom R.
Format:Audio CD
If you're looking for something upbeat, funky, & at the same time relaxing, then you'll love this one!!! Chris' unique guitar playing is great, as always. With a bit of techno in songs like Constellation, this is another cd by chris that'll leave you wanting more!!!

Tom R.

Albany N.Y.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul Express, definitely a KEEPER!!! May 5, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I'll be the first to say that I miss rummaging through used record and CD bins looking for those undiscovered gems. Heck, that's how I "discovered" most of my music. The Internet and Amazon has forever changed the CD discovery game. However, I'm not sure if I would have found Chris without Amazon. His CD was one of the recommended CD's for another CD I was scoping. So I listened to a few of his samples & decided to take a chance on Standring's "Hip Sway." Now I'm hooked. With me being a lover of jazz music, I can't believe Chris was not on my radar screen. Well he's squarely in the cross hairs now; I'm two CD's into his catalog and lovin' it!!! "Soul Express" is phenomenal! You know how Smooth Jazz can get, well how do I say it, umm boring? Well, Chris' sound is just the right tonic to beat the smooth jazz blahs!!! From his funky originals, Kaleidoscope, Through The Looking Glass, Mumbo Jumbo (although the bass line in this song reminds me of another song that I can't recall right now) and his cover of Stevie Wonder's As, Strandring's creativity and musicianship is STELLAR. "Soul Express" is definitely a keeper, I won't be returning to the Used Record store to sell it back!!

Ah Hah. I remember the song that the bass line in Mumbo Jumbo reminds me of, Outstanding by the The Gap Band (The 12 Inch Collection & More)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST HAVE! July 10, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
this is simple. if you love smooth jazz, especially guitar, this album is an absolute must. smooth, crisp, melodic, and funky. it's beautiful, from BEGINNING to END. when was the last time you enjoyed a cd in it's entirety? i've purchased two copies, one for the car, and one for the house. it's that good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul Express August 16, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is by far one of my best musical purchases this year! And... I should know because I run an internet station and buy a lot of music!!

This album, and really, all of Chris' albums, are smooth and sexy - extremely multi-layered with fantastic instrumentation that's easy to get lost in!!

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul Express Rides Again.
One of the most awesome cd's I've bought, every single song is always beautiful to listen to.
Published 9 days ago by Cathy Deviney
4.0 out of 5 stars soul express
very pleased great sound and excellent recording would reccomend... excellent example of smooth jazz... well recorded and great soundstage you wont be dissapointed
Published 5 months ago by vernon gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous CD!!!!!!!!!
i try to listen to some of this CD every day...Chris really knows sweet notes like nobody....Buy this CD for your every day journey...
Published 9 months ago by william peeler
2.0 out of 5 stars Elevator DJ Music
The first Chris Standring album I bought was Groovalicious and I would highly recommend it over this selection. Read more
Published 17 months ago by J. Dietz
4.0 out of 5 stars I like the product
I have become a Standring fan and not necessarily a reviewer or critic , this recording was as expected and was delivered promptly. Thanks
Published 17 months ago by John W. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
I love this album for my jazz collection. Always like Chris Standring's works very sultry. You will love them too.
Published 18 months ago by Cinamonbear
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Standring
The CD exceeded my expectations. The musical voyage Chris creates is brilliant and one of his best works!! Truly one of the best jazz guitarists of our time.
Published on September 8, 2012 by Tylami
5.0 out of 5 stars soul express
I was intrigued by the album ocver. But I wsa very immpressed by the Artist Mr. Standrig. It is very fine music and very nice on the ears and mind.
Published on September 4, 2012 by drburtondc
5.0 out of 5 stars Chris has magic fingers.
This CD takes you away to a tranquil place where you can relax and forget everyday chores. Soul Express is fantastic with a feeling of dreams and embrace. Read more
Published on October 30, 2011 by Göran Wik
4.0 out of 5 stars Up Tempo Good Jazz
I like his sound very much and find it unique and enjoyable.
Though not as good as "Loves and Paragraphs".
Great driving music.
Published on March 4, 2010 by Music Man
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