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Hip Sway (2000)

Artist: Chris Standring
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Format: CD
Sku: 60384551
UPC: 720841050223
UPC 14: 00720841050223
Release Date: 2/22/2000
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Hip Sway - (with Richard Elliot) ~ Chris Standring
2. Glamour Girls ~ Chris Standring
3. How Deep Is Your Love ~ Chris Standring
4. Big Feet...Big Shoes ~ Chris Standring
5. What Is Is ~ Chris Standring
6. Pins & Needles ~ Chris Standring
7. Good Medicine ~ Chris Standring
8. I'm Not In Love ~ Chris Standring
9. Big Pant People ~ Chris Standring
10. Smile ~ Chris Standring
11. Ultraviolet ~ Chris Standring
12. Small Talk ~ Chris Standring
13. Georgina ~ Chris Standring

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Chris Standring (acoustic & electric guitars); Rodney Lee (keyboards, programming); Dino Soldo (tenor saxophone, harmonica); Richard Elliot, Derrick Edmondson (tenor saxophone); Tony Guererro (trumpet, flugelhorn); Stan Sargent (acoustic bass); John Menzano, Andre Berry (bass); David Karasony (drums).
Muze PNote Recorded at Innocent Bystander Studios, Los Angeles, California between 1998 and 1999.
Muze PNote Personnel: Chris Standring (guitar); Dino Soldo, Richard Elliot (tenor saxophone); Tony Guerrero (trumpet, flugelhorn); Rodney Lee (keyboards, programming); Stan Sargeant (acoustic bass).
Muze PNote Recording information: Innocent Bystander Studio, Los Angeles, CA (1998-1999).
Muze PNote British electric guitarist Chris Standring launched his Stateside career playing edgy fusion in Los Angeles clubs, but he came upon a better path for himself when he met keyboardist Rodney Lee while touring with pop singer Lauren Christy. Blending Standring's bebop nurturing and Charlie Parker/Wes Montgomery influences with Lee's heavy R&B leanings, the two released the dual acid jazz dual Solar System in 1996. Finally confident of where he was headed, Standring found his footing on Velvet and comes into his own by on the far funkier, thickly blues-based and more self-assured Hip Sway (Instinct Records). Even without the ultra-cool poses and sharp, bleeding image cover photography of Kimo Easterwood, Hip Sway beautifully invokes a sense of old-school jazz sensibilities mixed with the acid-jazz ambience and powerful soul of co-producer Lee. The title track finds Standring echoing his muted Wes-bound melody with wah-wah punch lines, then duetting casually with the eager tenor of Richard Elliot before exploding into an irresistible brassy hook -- all over Lee's moody blue synth harmony. "Glamour Girls" features a propelling "Sidewinder"-like vamp under Standring's note-for-note duet with tenorman Dino Soldo, which builds after each verse to a rousing, brassy crescendo (synth-created); Lee does double duty on this tune, playing a Hammond B-3 solo over the vamp. Fast forwarding to the present, Standring invokes a bit of ambient master Brian Eno on "What Is Is," as he and Lee exchange distant, distorted melody lines over a spaced-out synth wash as Dave Karasony's train-track drum patter continues to hypnotize. Ditto the gentle hypnosis on a cover of 10cc's mystical "I'm Not In Love"; Standring doesn't do much improvising with the melody, but his alternating guitar tones and the enveloping atmosphere -- complete with barely audible synth horns -- are just like, well, Velvet. ~ Jonathan Widran

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-This Is Smooth Jazz
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 3-Smooth Jazz Radio Hits
Muze Music Compilations Smooth Operators Greaat Smooth Jazz
Muze Music Compilations This Is Smooth Jazz

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/22/2000
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2000
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 502
Music Label Name Label : Instinct
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00720841050223

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