LYN STANLEY -FEMALE JAZZ VOCALIST OF THE YEAR 2018

LYN STANLEY RECEIVES LOS ANGELES METRO AREA’S LARGEST JAZZ STATION KKJZ-88.1 PROGRAMMER’S AWARD FOR FEMALE JAZZ VOCALIST OF THE YEAR 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SAUL LEVINE NAMES LOS ANGELES SINGER
LYN STANLEY AS FEMALE JAZZ VOCALIST OF THE YEAR 2018.

LOS ANGELES, CA: Saul Levine, fifty-year veteran programmer for public radio station California State University, Long Beach’s highly regarded KKJZ-88.1 FM radio (and also former iconic jazz station KBCA) names Los Angeles based vocalist, Lyn Stanley as his Female Jazz Vocalist of the year for 2018. This coveted Programmer’s Award by Mr. Levine is in recognition “..for the achievement of releasing three incredible recordings, 1) The Moonlight Sessions, Volume One, 2) The Moonlight Sessions Volume Two, 3) London Calling-A Toast To Julie London and 4) an upcoming rare vinyl master Direct-To-Disc recording (released in May 2019) entitled London With A Twist- Live At Bernie’s.

Mr. Levine notes that Ms. Stanley’s recordings “…are a revival of some of the greatest hits ever produced for Broadway Shows and Hollywood movies. They are chestnuts deserving to be reintroduced to the America public. The great American Songbook lives again with the added benefit of ‘State Of The Art” recording techniques thanks to Lyn Stanley.”

 

The Julie London Project–A Two Album Tribute (London Calling-A Toast To Julie London and London With A Twist-Live At Bernie’s – Home Page

Watch a mini-documentary about the process of making a rare direct to disc recording called London With A Twist, part two of Lyn Stanley’s Julie London tribute project:

Listen to a Sample:  Pink Cadillac from London With A Twist

Sample Track #2: Route 66 from London With A Twist

 

Lyn Stanley Announces “London Calling-A Toast To Julie London” Hi Fidelity Double Vinyl Album

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION–SIGNED AND NUMBERED 500 UNITS–OF THIS ALBUM  CLICK HERE.

To watch a video about The Making of London Calling-A Toast To Julie London CLICK HERE.

Listen to a sample from the album:  Blue Moon

Listen to a sample:  Summertime

Lyn Stanley announces her 6th album–a collection of 17 songs–15 are well known covers of Julie London and Lyn adds two more songs she wished Julie had recorded.  These include “It’s Impossible” and “Heard It Through The Grapevine.”   This album includes state of the art engineering for exceptional audiophile quality, analog mixed and mastered by Allen Sides and Bernie Grundman.

Musicians for this album are the best of the best and they also created the arrangements with Lyn.  You’ll hear new approaches to old standards and popular songs in Julie’s performing days.  The Featured Artist is guitarist, John Chiodini and he is supported by a cast of notables:  Piano:  Mike Garson and Christian Jacob; Bass:  Chuck Berghofer (who played for Julie London) and Mike Valerio; Percussion: Luis Conte, Aaron Serfaty and Brad Dutz; Drums: Aaron Serfaty and Paul Kreibich.  All vocals by Lyn Stanley.

Listen to a sample: Heard It Through The Grapevine

Engineering:  Recorded by Steve Genewick, Rouble Kapoor and Spencer Guerra.  Mixing by Allen Sides.  Mastering by Bernie Grundman.  

Anticipated release of this version of the tribute project is December 2018.  A “Live” direct to disc version will be limited to fewer songs and released as a 45RPM album hopefully in February 2019.  The initial retail pricing of the 33RPM version is $79.99 signed and numbered (500 units only) and $59.99 for units after Special Limited Edition 500 albums.  More information to come on how to pre-order this album through various websites/distributors.  Packaging includes a beautiful 20 page full color booklet with liner notes by jazz historian, Scott Yanow and comments by Lyn Stanley.

Listen to a Sample:  Goody Goody

Song list includes (subject to order change):

 1. Goody Goody (2:51)
2.    I’ve Got A Crush On You (2:51)
3.    Call Me Irresponsible (3:35)
4.    Bye Bye Blackbird (2:51)
5.    Sway (5:13)
6.    Light My Fire (3:34)
7.    Blue Moon (3:14)
8.    As Time Goes By (5:23)
9.    It’s Impossible (3:55) [bonus track]
10.Cry Me A River (4:10)
11.You The Night And The Music (2:24)
12.Summertime (5:10) [band version]
13.Go Slow/Nice Girls Don’t Stay For Breakfast (2:51)
14.Heard It Through The Grapevine (5:27) [bonus track]
15.How About Me? (2:52)
16.Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye (4:07)
17.Summertime (6:21) [piano vocal] 
 

Lyn Stanley Press Release “London Calling”-a Toast To Julie London

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Los Angeles, CA: When sultry singer Lyn Stanley aims her attention on a topic, you can count on her to jump in with both elegantly clad feet. She immerses herself in research till she’s satisfied she can more than hold her own on the subject. These days, the Southern California-based jazz vocalist has her laser focus on another SoCal chanteuse, Julie London, a frequent presence on radio airwaves in the 1950s and ’60s with hits like “Cry Me a River.” 

The upcoming Julie London-inspired project is the sixth release for vocalist Lyn Stanley, who was discovered in 2011 by the iconic pianist Paul Smith, a studio giant who was Ella Fitzgerald’s musical director and frequent collaborator over several decades. Lyn put out her first album in 2013, and since then has released four others to critical and popular acclaim. Her 2017 dual release, The Moonlight Sessions, Volume One andVolume Two, reaped glowing reviews and stellar sales—earning more than $200,000, a rare figure in the tiny independently produced jazz market. (Jazz overall accounted for only 1.2 percent of total music album consumption in 2017, according to Statista.com.)

In preparation for the upcoming sessions, Stanley is studying London’s timing, phrasing, musical preferences, and song selections. She’s also taking vocal training to forge greater understanding of London’s style. Lyn points out, “For delivery, it’s going to be my stuff, my way. But I want to understand her breathiness and laid back vocal technique.  We both are known for our sensual delivery but the technique differs.” 

A long-time Julie London fan, Lyn recalls: “I unknowingly had her songs in my repertoire, and when my first album came out and critics compared me to her, it was a pleasant surprise.” Julie London recorded dozens of albums and sold millions of singles; besides her vocal ventures, she also enjoyed a successful 50-year movie and television career that included the TV show Emergency! But despite her success as a vocalist, Julie primarily considered herself an actress rather than a singer.  

For Lyn Stanley, understanding that mind-set is key to grasping London’s way with a song: “Julie London described herself an actor, not singer, and had to get in character as a way to decide how the music should be delivered,” Lyn notes.  A project video link is here:  https://youtu.be/Zx4kwNOtDxs

While both Lyn Stanley and Julie London could be described as sultry and sophisticated singers, the upcoming session will be an appreciation, not an imitation. This album will offer new tunes not yet recorded that are London covers. To date, the exact song lineup for the album hasn’t been set in stone, but in addition to the likes of “Body and Soul” listeners will be treated to timeless tunes covered by London such as sultry and swinging versions of “What Is This Thing Called Love?,” “Girl Talk,” and “Route 66’.” Some of the song selections will be in London’s song keys in keeping with a tribute.

In addition to acclaim for her velvety alto, choice of material, and her unique and personal approach to songs, Stanley’s attention to detail in the studio has garnered raves.  

Lyn can be counted on to surround herself in the studio with the crème de la crème of musicians. For this venture, she’s aiming for the intimate sound of piano, bass, drums, and guitar and percussion. This time Lyn is teaming up with pianist, Mike Lang, who was an acompanist on her debut album Lost In Romance (including her popular version of Fever) and also played in her Potions [from the 50s] album. Chuck Berghofer (bass), John Chiodini (guitar), Aaron Serfaty (drums and percussion) and Luis Conte (percussionist).

Always the perfectionist, Lyn looks forward to recording some of the tunes direct-to-disc; not only does she appreciate the sound the process yields, she also enjoys the challenge.  “We’ll have great engineering it but our performance is critical. You have to be into the musical moment as there will only be chord change charts-no set arrangements. The pressure is on all of us to create our best performances. But, it’s a great format if we execute it well.”

Stay tuned for more details on this exciting project. Who knows, this could be the start of a great new series of tribute albums from the ever-creative Lyn Stanley.

“Lyn–I have seen you evolve from a very good vocalist to now among the MOST OUTSTANDING. You get top billing on KKJZ. The new album…is marvelous!!” –Saul Levine, Mt. Wilson Broadcasting Inc.

Saul Levine, KKJZ, proclaims The Moonlight Sessions Volume Two“One of the best albums of the century!” 
 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  info@lynstanley.com

 

Lyn Stanley, International Recording Artist

 

New Reviews London With A Twist Live At Bernie’s (ATM 3108)

Media Alert: Lyn Stanley’s Favorite Takes London With A Twist Live At Bernie’s (ATM 3108) Street Date: June 30, 2019

Lyn Stanley, vocals; Otmaro Ruiz, piano; Mike Lang, piano; Chuck Berghofer, bass; Aaron Serfaty, drums; John Chiodini, guitar; Luis Conte, percussion

UPC Code: 672713983095

https://lynstanley.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIh39s3cqTQ

CD Review: http://midwestrecord.com/MWR1547.html

 LYN STANLEY’S FAVORITE TAKES/London With a Twist-Live at Bernie’s:  Talk about taking unplugged to a new level of the game… Stanley revisits a bunch of the Julie London tunes she recorded on her tip of the cap to London, but she cuts them all over again, live direct to disc in a session that crackles like it was in front of a live, appreciative audience.  There’s a few curve balls in the song stack so that you don’t feel like you are buying the same album twice but over all, this top jazz vocalist could have you buying the same album twice without you registering a complaint.  The first time was solid and this one matches it and goes even farther.  This really is a true artist cruising along at the top of her game.  Hot stuff.

 

CHRIS SPECTOR,   Editor and Publisher

 

Lyn Stanley’s “London With a Twist Favorite Takes Live at Bernie’s” charms with modern classics

 

 

 

Lyn Stanley continues to amaze fans and critics alike. Her latest release, “Lyn Stanley’s Favorite Takes London With a Twist Live at Bernie’s” is a direct-to-CD recording. Without the convenience of magnetic tape, or the opportunity to edit or “fix” later, the music is recorded directly onto an analog disc. The musicians play straight through, and if a mistake is made, either they stop playing or they continue.

The result is a vibrant album that finds Stanley making classics sound like her own. Songs originally done by a range of artists from Cole Porter to Bruce Springsteen, take on a different vibe with Stanley’s sultry voice giving them life.

Two songs not to miss on the album are “Pink Cadillac” and “In the Still of the Night.” Her voice and phrasing and the stellar soundscape created by the skilled musicians she plays with make songs that people have found exciting for decades will allow audiences to re-think them, and perhaps find a new appreciation for them.

In 2018, Stanley was named Female Vocalist of the Year by Saul Levine, programmer for KKJZ-FM, Los Angeles’ top jazz station. She has been amassing an audience since 2010. Her albums have sold steadily, which is no easy feat for someone who built a jazz career seemingl y out of nowhere, except from a place that loves the genre.

Stanley is joined on “Favorite Takes…” by Otmaro Ruiz and Mike Lang on piano, Chuck Berghofer on bass, Aaron Serfaty on drums, John Chiodini on guitar and Luis Conte on percussion.

 

We got our first review of my D2D album. Many thanks to Jim Hynes of Making a Scene.

https://www.makingascene.org/lyn-stanley-favorite-takes-london-with-a-twist-live-at-bernies/

Favorite Takes – London With a Twist- Live at Bernie’s
Catalog # ATM3108

We introduced you to jazz vocalist Lyn Stanley back in December 2017 with her double CD-set of the Great American Songbook classics., Moonlight Sessions Vol. 1 and Vol 2. You may want to reference that for her amazing back story. In 2018 she released her tribute to Julie London, with London Calling; A Tribute to Julie London and now we have another, her most unique project yet with her seventh album, Favorite Takes – London With a Twist- Live at Bernie’s. Although London is in the title, there are only four selections here that are reprised from her tribute album, the others are Songbook and (some surprising) pop and rock songs including Springsteen’s “Pink Cadillac” and Chuck Berry’s “You Never Can Tell.” Lyn says, “I always find something of my own. Julie did pop songs, and if she can segue into pop, why can’t I? I’m not pretending to be Julie, I’m honoring her.” Notably, even though London’s husband Bobby Troup wrote “Route 66” London never performed it although Stanley kicks off the album with it.

Beginning her career from literally nowhere in her fifties, under the mentorship of legendary jazz pianist Paul T. Smith (Ella Fitzgerald) in 2011, It’s not only Stanley’s sultry voice that sets her apart from other vocalists in the intensely competitive field of female vocalists; it’s her attention to details. She has impeccable taste in selecting songs, almost like jazz’s version of Emmylou Harris. Beyond that though, is her knack for planning , whether it’s cover art, liner notes, sound quality, arrangements of selection of musicians. On the latter, she consistently plays with the world’s best jazz musicians. She’s a Do-it-yourselfer in a major way, having sold over 40,000 albums worldwide. She has accumulated a fervent fan base and audiophile following. Her time is now. Stanley was awarded Female Jazz Vocalist of the Year for 2018 by Saul Levine, programmer for KKJZ- FM Los Angeles, the station with the largest jazz audience in the states.

The unique and adventurous nature of this album is perhaps a bigger story than the exquisite music. This is recorded live in the studio as a direct-to-disc album with instantaneous mixing and no editing. This process bypasses magnetic tape, recording directly onto an analog disc. The sound quality is impeccable, as would be the case for Stanley’s penchant for audiophile pristine production. The process requires nerves of steel, no flubs allowed. There is no opportunity to “fix’ mistakes later. Not many of these are made in the modern era and Stanley has become just one of five singers who have created a direct-to-disc vocal album containing at least three songs and over 12 minutes of music.

Stanley says, “There’s a stigma about achieving ‘perfection.’ It takes the art out of what you’re doing if you have to follow what someone else declared to be the rules of engagement,” Stanley declares. “You can run with your creativity if you don’t have to have perfection. What you hear on London with a Twist is what you’d get on stage for real.”

She would have to have world class musicians to pull this off. There is no stopping except for a few precious seconds between songs. The high-stakes can inhibit musicians and make them stick to the tried and true instead of breaking creative ground. However, the band–guitarist John Chiodini, pianists Otmaro Ruiz and Mike Lang, bassist Chuck Berghofer, drummer Aaron Serfaty, and percussionist Luis Conte–“didn’t hold back, they played as live as they could,” Stanley notes. She points out that she chose to release the takes based on their performances rather than her own: “I picked the ones where I loved what they did.” There was a buzz of solidarity in the studio, with the vocalist and the musicians brainstorming and collaborating to develop arrangements on the spot. By the end of the session, the players had devised a new moniker for themselves: “The Jazz Mavericks.”

Another challenge is adjusting to the shifting moods of the tunes in the three- to five-second separations between songs. On just one album side, Lyn Stanley’s interpretations run the emotional gamut from the easy swing of “Route 66,” through rollicking “Pink Cadillac,” to the heartfelt “Lover Man” But despite the pressure-cooker situation, Stanley and The Jazz Mavericks shift through all the feelings, including “You Never Can Tell,” seemingly effortlessly, delivering a dozen tunes with a relaxed, creative, swinging sound.

As the title of this CD suggests, these are a dozen tunes culled from two days of recording. A limited pressing of 2000 albums are available (unless they are already gone) for audiophiles. Here are some other pertinent details:

Recorded live at Bernie Grundman’s Mastering Studio, Hollywood, California, January 19-20, 2019. Recording and mixing engineer: Allen Sides; assistant engineers: Steve Genewick, Beno May, Scott Sedilla; disc mastering engineer: Bernie Grundman. Formats: Double LP, Super Audio CD

Lyn Stanley is fearless and continues to push the envelope.

Jim Hynes