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Ghost Canyon

Title - 'Real Life'
Artist - Chris Standring

One of contemporary urban jazz's most prolific hitmakers since the late '90s with 13 Billboard Top 10 singles and 6 #1's, Chris Standring takes the opportunity on his 13th solo album to acknowledge the sometimes harsh twists and turns of Real Life.

Yet rather than give into circumstances beyond his control, the British born, L.A. based guitarist offers a truly uplifting way forward on this joyful soul-jazz infused retro-flavored set (out March 20th, 2020 via Ultimate Vibe Recordings).

Indeed, whilst Standring tackles all the guitars, keyboards and programming, here on Real Life he calls on L.A.’s best to help bring his eclectic sonic palette alive: Mitchel Forman (piano) Andre Berry (bass), Kevin Axt (upright bass), Matt Rohde and Hans Zermulen (Fender Rhodes), Chris Coleman and Dave Karasony (drums) and Ronnie Gutierrez (percussion).

1. 'Is There A Doctor In The House?'
2. 'Out Of The Blue'
3. 'Whatever She Wants'
4. 'In Other Words'
5. 'What Goes Around'
6. 'Living The Poetry'
7. 'Another Train'
8. 'Tell Me A Bedtime Story'
9. 'This Mess Is A Place'
10. 'Prelude From Bach Cello Suite 1'

The atmospheric 'Is There A Doctor In The House?' is a brilliant way to open any album, especially one as vibrational as this, and that's backed by the finger-snappin' joy of 'Out Of The Blue,' the funky one-two drum and guitar line of 'Whatever She Wants,' and then the lush orchestrations of 'In Other Words.'

Up next is the upbeat fun of 'Shake You Up,' which is backed seamlessly by both the mood-setting R&B shuffle of 'What Goes Around' and then the funky R&B approach to the vocalized 'Living The Poetry' (featuring Vanessa Haynes) comes thereafter.

The beautiful, gossamer-edged 'Another Train' is next and that's backed by the percussion-led 'Tell Me A Bedtime Story,' with the album coming to a close on the breezy 'This Mess Is A Place' and then the unexpected, but nonetheless adored, solo guitar orchestrations of 'Prelude From Bach Cello Suite 1.'

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