MMMM: Chris Standring

One of my favorite "smooth jazz" artists is British-born, Los Angeles-based guitarist Chris Standring. He started playing classical guitar when he was six, and, although he was a jazz fan, it wasn’t until he started attending the London College of Music that he started improvising and got totally immersed in the genre. He has 14 studio albums and a live album, many on his own record label, Ultimate Vibes Recordings. I love his tone, his use of octaves, and the laid-back grooves of his songs. Here are ten of them, which, if you prefer, I’ve gathered into a playlist.

Oliver’s Twist


Sneakin’ Out The Front Door

Pandora’s Box

Shake You Up

Is There A Doctor In The House?

Static In The Attic

Love Street

Face To Face

Fast Train To Everywhere

I hope you’ve enjoyed Chris Standring. That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for May 22, 2023.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by Marie, Cathy, Alana, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.

20 thoughts on “MMMM: Chris Standring

  1. So SORRY I didn’t make it here last week, but my back was acting up & I just couldn’t sit long enough, but I FINALLY made it even though I’m a week late… truly very sorry! Dude, did you go to school for music. I swear you know more about music than the musicians know! You’re awesome! At least if I have a question I know who to come too! My friend I’ll be back to see today’s blog also, but for now have a great day my friend! Marie


    1. If you like Ottmar Liebert, there’s a guy named Estas Tonne that sounds a lot like him. I saw a blog post recently about him, and saw a couple of his videos, and was quite impressed.

      Chris has had a lot of different influences, including a lot of rockers. You can hear Latin, rock, jazz, and even the odd world music influences in his playing. Seems like a great person, too.


    1. There’s plenty more where that came from. He’s had a pretty prolific career – 16 studio albums, one live album, and two compilations – so there’s plenty more to hear. Glad you liked it!


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