Over the course of five CDs, guitarist Chris Standring has distinguished himself in the contemporary jazz realm with adventurous and lyrical compositions leavened with pure-pop perfection, dazzling guitar solos and thick beats. His jazz leanings and riffs have always been in the foreground, but he expanded his sound with rock, blues, R&B and electronic elements.
With his sixth CD, Blue Bolero, Standring returns with a left-turning musical project so daring in its scope but still so true to his sound that it's destined to be one of the year's most-discussed projects, while certainly sure to be remembered in years to come as a highlight of the guitarist's works. He's taking a chance with Blue Bolero, but it's one his fans will certainly embrace as they follow Standring's ever-evolving career. I think this one is probably the most honest CD I have recorded so far, Standring says. I didn't care about commercial constraints. I didn't care about having special guest performers on the album for the sake of creating a sales and marketing perception. Everyone who performed on this CD was there because I felt they were the absolute best to help realize this album.
Read more articles
He raises the bar from competency to mastery and nails it on each and every minute of Blue Bolero! - Jeff Winbush/All About Jazz
Chris Standring's most striking release. Blue Bolero demands repeated listens! Guitarist Magazine (UK)
One of the most creative guitarists in the contemporary jazz genre! - jazz Times