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Chris Standring

Smooth jazz guitarist Chris Standring was born and raised in Buckinghamshire, England; classically trained at the London College of Music, he further honed his skills during a decade spent working for the BBC as well as a number of theatrical orchestras on London's West End. From there Standring relocated to Los Angeles, where he became a top session player after recording with everyone from Bebe & Cece Winans to Jody Watley and Carole Bayer Sager. In 1996, he also teamed with keyboardist Rodney Lee to helm the acid jazz combo SolarSystem. After touring for a year-and-a-half with trumpeter Rick Braun, Standring issued his solo debut, Velvet, in 1999, scoring the smooth jazz radio hit "Cool Shades." Hip Sway appeared a year later, followed by Groovalicious in 2003. In 2006, Standring delivered his fourth solo effort, Soul Express, which featured more chilled-out instrumental R&B, as well as a reworking of John Coltrane's "Giant Steps."

Starting with 2008's Love & Paragraphs, Standring began releasing albums on his own Ultimate Vibe Recordings label. Along with the label change came a somewhat more ambitious musical direction that found the guitarist incorporating strings, Latin rhythms, and expansive compositions to his repertoire. His 2010 release, Blue Bolero, featured collaborations with violinist Barbara Porter and included the single "Bossa Blue," which hit number one on the contemporary jazz charts. Two years later, he returned with the similarly ambitious Electric Wonderland. His 2014 album, Don't Talk, Dance!, showcased an electronica-influenced sound and featured the single "Sneakin' Out the Front Door," which hit number one on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Songs chart. In 2016, Standring returned with Ten, a more hardcore jazz-influenced production inspired by his love of both Pat Martino and George Benson. Included on Ten was the single "Ready Steady Flow." ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Don't Talk, Dance!

1. Sky High

2. Inside Outside

3. Sneakin' Out The Front Door

4. Voices In My Head

5. Soul Symphony

6. Another Fine Mess

7. Crazy Bom Baizy

8. Ride (Feat. Lauren Christy)

9. Absolute Madness

10. Yesterday's Heaven

11. Imagine That

12. Scatterfunk

13. Nothing Lasts Forever

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Track List: Electric Wonderland

1. Pandora's Box

3. All That Glitters

4. Oliver's Twist

5. Wishful Thinking

6. Heart Of The Matter

7. Escapade

8. Merry Go Round

9. Castle In The Sky

10. Nightingale's Bridge

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Track List: Love And Paragraphs

2. Love & Paragraphs

3. As Luck Would Have It

4. Have Your Cake And Eat It

5. Liquid Soul

6. Ooh Bop

7. C.S. In The Sunshine

8. That's What I Thought You Said

9. Qu'est-Ce Que Tu Fais?

10. Reflection

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Track List: Soul Express

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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Track List: Groovalicious

1. I Ain't Mad Atcha

2. Miss Downtown Sugar Girl

3. All In Good Time

4. Say What?!

5. Hypnotize

6. Gentle Persuasion

7. Come Back Home

8. Fat Tuesday

9. Snowfall

10. Groovalicious

11. Ray Of Sunlight

12. Shadow Dance

13. Do What You Do

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Track List: Hip Sway

1. Hip Sway

2. Glamour Girls

3. How Deep Is Your Love

4. Big Feet ... Big Shoes

5. What Is Is

6. Pins & Needles

7. Good Medicine

8. I'm Not In Love

9. Big Pant People

10. Smile

11. Ultraviolet

12. Small Talk

13. Georgina

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Track List: Main Course (The Early Tapes)

1. Tabbouleh

2. Look No Strings

3. Baklava And Cream

4. Touchdown

5. Pastourelle

6. City Shuffle

7. Prelude

8. Who Knows

9. What Was That

10. Sticky Fingers

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Relaxing, I love it!
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This is one of afternoon chill tunes, When you haven't a damn thing to bother you. Enjoy!!
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cbhelms8
Nice!
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Real music Love it
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garyr_709
Smooth!
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Say nothing just listen and sip
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And my drink as well!!!
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Porcelain version
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Very, very, very good music!!!!
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dumadagdj
Nice!! Goes well with my drink!!!
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Love his Blue Bolero CD!
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Smoooooth I go on long hikes in nature with your music or to the beach where ever I am it enhances the moment thank you
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This song sound like the new song called Classic Man but Chris Standring been around first. This is original! Love it.
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Da da da da, da da da da, wow thats good!
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gliennaj
This is a very smooth track. really nice. i wish i could hear this live!
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Liquid soul is a very mellow piece
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What an amazing counterpart with the synthesizer. I think that's the other instrument.
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Saw his concert at Colorado College 1984ish, he had Kenny G in the bad. Most incredible performance I had ever seen. My favorite artist. Love how he show case the talent!
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The guitar is talking, please listen.
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Like the way he plays that guitar!! gotta check him out music is smooth and has a funky beat.
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jwsf150 your. music. is. thru. the. looking. glass.
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from. me. jwsf150. he. is. too. dam. good
love. his. music
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Chris Standring is a best kept secret...but why....he is phenomenal
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cool and smooth, just like I like it
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In this particular song a Norman Brown twist to it. But his own style also.
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corniecob
Love chris
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lavonnefield s
He looks so cool just like his music :-)
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he has a little soul in his sound that i really really like. he is good
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Chris l sandring
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I think Chris has a little twist on his sound that makes very easy to listen to
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Electronic are great in providing new music
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washingtonsh a r o n 5 4
Absolutely love his vibe...yes, yes!
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this guy got it going on he's very good!
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That album cover is so wrong. Can we please have good music without nudity? Please?
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Real smoothness man u one of the best
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tess_webb
Very Smooth. Love it.
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Very nice and smooth. I can actually turn off the television and just listen.
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janiseldridg e
Love this jam. I was at work and was bobbing my head and moving my hips. I forgot where I was. It makes me relax and makes me happy.
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lanita.spenc e
YayaJ2 Love it, just jazz'in!!!
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The man has skillz...the y jam like this across the pond like this?
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The man plays a mean guitar and he does some scatting, he's pretty good too, nice jam
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cas_bklyn
I love, love this piece! It takes me to a safe, loving place in my mind and spirit. It makes me feel like the sun is shining on my face.
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fbenedetto
Fantastic... . . . P a r t i c u l a r l y , Imagine That
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Very relaxing
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Love this
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Nice
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On a scale of 1 to 10, off the this reading and no further information listed.
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biking333
Let's try to play "As" off Soul Express.
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Good riding in the rain music. You relax me
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