Chris Stan­dring

Ten

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Ul­ti­mate Vibe

If you like gui­tar to sound cool but with a funky feel look no fur­ther than this lat­est al­bum from Chris Stan­dring, who is a real mas­ter of the style. This, his 10th al­bum, is a crack­ing col­lec­tion of tracks full of jazzy tones, tem­pos and se­ri­ous grooves. The funk drops now and again to make space for tracks like the gor­geous Magic Car­pet Ride with its warm, ‘late night in the city’ feel. Chris switches to ny­lon-string for Carousel, adding yet an­other sonic di­men­sion. It’s also full of mood swings: check out the glo­ri­ously sleazy Parisian Blue. Most im­por­tantly, the whole al­bum is laden with melody so when the gui­tar goes off on tan­gents you still know ex­actly where you are. This is mod­ern jazz at its most com­fort­able. It’s a lis­tener’s de­light from start to fin­ish and comes very highly rec­om­mended in­deed.

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