After fourteen albums released and twenty years as a recording artist, I have finally got around to releasing a music book of tunes I recorded. Like all jazz musicians, I practiced jazz back in the day with 'real books'. A real book chart is all a jazz musician needs to have in order to interpret the music. Essentially a real book chart is a piece of music with only the melody and chords written. Any integral rhythms and bass lines are usually sketched in too, but for the most part, any instrumentalist is in their element with this format. And so jazz musicians collect real books by the dozen so they are never at a loss in a professional performing situation.
So here is mine. Seventy six songs taken from eleven recorded albums. (Instrumental compositions only).
You can order the PDF version, the spiral bound print version, or both. (When you order the print version, you also get the PDF version). Many of these songs are available as mp3 backing tracks (not quite all), and there is an option to order those, along with the original album recordings.
Both PDF and print version charts are super high rez. Take a look at one example here. Open the index here to all songs included in this collection.
I love it when I hear other musicians playing my compositions. So feel free to use these charts to make your own arrangements. Have fun!
76 Chris Standring compositions all in jazz real book format.
Spanning 11 solo albums. Including songs from the albums:
Love & Paragraphs
Don't Talk, Dance!
* PDF version!
* Spiral Bound Print Version!
* Audio Mp3s & Backing Tracks!
Absolutely incredible news today. Sunlight, my brand new album just went to number one on the Billboard album sales chart. This is a first for me. I've had many number 1 songs at radio but sales is a whole different ball game and this is so good to hear.
This album is turning out to be quite a special one with rave review after rave review. I couldn't be more happy about the response from the industry, but most importantly, you the listener because at the end of the day no matter what the music biz big wigs have to say, if the people don't connect it means nothing. And it seems the people have connected and I thank you!
I'm getting ready to come to Atlanta in a couple of days and more gigs are coming in as I write. As soon as I have 100% confirmations I will post. Meanwhile, I hope to see you at one of these shows coming up soon....
Chris on the road this year...
Suite Lounge, Atlanta, GA
Pompano Joe's (Seabreeze "Sunlight" record release party)
Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Florida (with Cindy Bradley)
Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival, Spain (with Cindy Bradley)
African-American Performing Arts Center, Albuquerque, NM
Spaghettini, Seal Beach, CA (record release party)
Spaghettini, Seal Beach, CA (record release party)
Blue Note, Napa (record release party 7:30pm show)
Blue Note, Napa (record release party 9:30pm show)
Laguna Festival Of The Arts, Laguna Beach, CA
On sale soon
Bogie's, Westlake, CA
The March 23 album release, featuring appearances by Bob James and Mica Paris, will be preceded by the rousing radio single, "Love Street."
STUDIO CITY (18 January 2018): Much like a prism refracts light into a colorful spectrum, guitarist Chris Standring's "Sunlight" reflects rays of multihued jazz into a vibrant sonic palette of joy and positivity. The Los Angeles-based, native Brit will drop his twelfth album on March 23 on the Ultimate Vibe Recordings label, marking the twentieth anniversary since the release of his debut disc ("Velvet"). Paving the way for the new collection penned and produced by Standring is the jaunty "Love Street," set to cast an alluring spell as the first radio single.
Diverse strains of jazz reign on "Sunlight" with Standring's clean electric jazz guitar shining brightly throughout the ten tracker plus a reprise that closes the session. The prevailing sounds and engaging textures create warm, organic backdrops for his nimble fretwork forays that traverse lush rhythms and grooves. Wave after wave of Fender Rhodes keyboards and Hammond B3 organ wash over the taut beats serving as the rhythmic spine. Vintage elements offer a compelling contrast to the imaginative electronic nuances, deftly making the recordings feel retro, futuristic, experimental and visionary all at the same time while Standring's cool-toned guitar slices through to the fore cranking out nifty licks, precision fills and impassioned melodic sojourns.
Helping flush out his vision for "Sunlight," Standring shares the spotlight with contemporary jazz forefather Bob James (piano) on the stratospheric exploration "The Revisit" and UK soul-pop chanteuse Mica Paris on the lusty R&B, jazz and electronic hybrid "No Explanation," the latter a tune he wrote with seven-time Grammy nominee Lauren Christy. Also lending their artistry to the platter are noted saxmen Pete Christlieb and Brandon Fields, keyboardists John Novello, Mitchel Forman and longtime collaborator Rodney Lee; bassists Jimmy Haslip, Andre Berry and Roberto Vally; and drummers Chris Coleman and Dave Karasony.
"For the first time, I feel a huge degree of comfort stylistically. 'Sunlight' seems to be a much more refined version of who I am. Musically, I can't shake off who I am. It just is. It's a fusion of my traditional be-bop background with infectious soul and funk grooves, and a sense of arranging and orchestration that comes very easily now. My influences are not from my contemporaries. They come from orchestral music, traditional jazz and European chill, lounge and progressive club music plus a good dose of R&B. It's a weird mix, but I guess that's what results in everything sounding like me when it all comes together," said Standring who purposely infused the set with uplifting notes of hope and glee.
Perhaps a commentary on our times or just a thoughtful embrace of a longtime personal favorite, Standring reimagines Brian Wilson's "God Only Knows" as a serene guitar meditation.
"The album is upbeat and joyful for the most part. Perhaps it is somewhat reactionary to these challenging times we are presently living through, but I am inherently a positive soul who tends to see the bright side of things, albeit with a touch of British cynicism. Sunlight represents positivity and joy to me, hence the title."
Standring celebrated three No. 1 singles in 2017: his solo hit "Like This, Like That," and duet collaborations with trumpeter Cindy Bradley ("Category A") and two-time Grammy-winning producer-guitarist Paul Brown ("Piccadilly Circus"). The classically-trained guitarist's ambitious catalogue of instrumental R&B, soul jazz and electronica includes his hit debut single, "Cool Shades"; the No. 1 Billboard Contemporary Jazz Track of the Year in 2010, "Bossa Blue"; and a 2014 Billboard No. 1 single, "Sneakin' Out the Front Door." Coming to the U.S. after a lengthy and prosperous run at the BBC and on London's West End in theatrical orchestras, Standring was a session ace who recorded with Jody Watley and Bebe & Cece Winans among many others. He partnered with Lee to form the acid jazz outfit SolarSystem before touring extensively backing trumpeter Rick Braun. Standring issued "Velvet" soon after, launching his solo mission that continues to climb in trajectory and scope.
"Sunlight" contains the following songs:
"Static In The Attic"
"The Revisit" featuring Bob James
"No Explanation" featuring Mica Paris
"God Only Knows" featuring John Novello
"Do Not Adjust Your Set"
"The Principle Of Pleasure"
"Static In The Attic (Reprise)"
For additional information, please visit http://www.chrisstandring.com.