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Chris Standring

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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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Albums by
Chris Standring

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    11 songs

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    Ten

    13 songs

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    Don't Talk, Dance!

    10 songs

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    Electric Wonderland

    10 songs

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    Main Course: The Early Tapes

    14 songs

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    Blue Bolero

    10 songs

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    Love & Paragraphs

    13 songs

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    Groovalicious

    13 songs

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    Hip Sway

    11 songs

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    Velvet

    11 songs

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    Soul Express


Top Songs by
Chris Standring

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  2.   Sneakin' Out the Front Door
  3.   Pandora's Box
  4.   Have Your Cake and Eat It
  5.   Imagine That
  6.   Soul Vibration
  7.   Ready Steady Flow
  8.   Hip Sway by Richard Elliot
  9.   Oliver's Twist
  10.   Love & Paragraphs
  11.   Bossa Blue
  12.   Sneaky
  13.   Finale (Bolero Reprise)
  14.   Silhouette
  15.   Baklava and Cream
  16.   Sanke Oil
  17.   Kaleidoscope
  18.   Fast Train to Everywhere
  19.   Overture
  20.   Castle in the Sky
  21.   Regarding Tetchwick
  22.   What Is Is
  23.   Cool Shades
  24.   Piece of Cake
  25.   Sticky Fingers
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Chris Standring

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    Smooth Jazz

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    Smooth Jazz Instrumentals


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