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After the success of two previous recordings comes this album Interludes by singer Lyn Stanley along with the new band to celebrate the nuances of a complicated subject which is love, as she writes in the liner notes. And so with the help of critics Michael Fremer and Scott Yanow goes fishing in the enormous wealth of American music, not just the older classics by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Al Dubin, but also throwing in a 180 degrees into contemporary. They arrive as well interpretations of famous songs like Black Velvet brought to success by Alannah Myles and Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin and the South American music is represented by Last Tango in Paris Gato Barbieri. The band as accompanists consists of Bill Cunliffe (9 tracks) or Mike Garson (4 tracks) on piano, John Chiodini on guitar, he’s the one that worked with Mrs Peggy Lee, Chuck Berghofer on bass and Ray Brinker (9 tracks) or Paul Kreibich (4 tracks) on drums, percussion is Brad Dutz and stand out among the guest soloists are cellist Cecilia Tsan, present on three tracks, especially on Boulevard. of Broken Dreams gives a nice contribution shifting its focus toward the solo of her instrument and making a new song from the `30 comes from a musical dedicated to the Moulin Rouge and Hendrik Meurkens’ harmonica on four songs and great phrasing on Don’t Explain, a Billie Holiday song . After listening to this recording we can safely say that Stanley is not only a singer, but a great singer of contemporary jazz. Knows how to choose the songs, find the best arrangements -they are anything but trivial–and her voice knows extract from the verses those feelings that authors have expressed in words. It’s Crazy with the harmonic Meurkens is another gem, sung with an ease and a swing that run without problems, soon after comes the famous In A Sentimental Mood, she practically remade again, along with notes of Meurkens and cellist of his voice seems to tell a story just lived. It is one of the best moments of the album and also a beautiful interpretation of this standard. The last track in the lineup is I’m a Fool to Want You by Frank Sinatra, realized in duo together with John Chiodini guitar, just perfect in its minimalism technical interpretation. First rate recording sound by Al Schmitt in ten songs and Steve Genewick other four -they have done their best to convey this great music to the audience of audiophiles.