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THE MOONLIGHT SESSIONS, VOLUME TWO ONE OF THE BEST AMERICAN SONGBOOK RECORDINGS, OF THIS DECADE

I AM RE-LISTENING TO THE MOONLIGHT SESSIONS VOLUME TWO.
AND EVERY ASPECT OF THE CD IS PERFECTION. THE CHOICE OF SONGS
BRING BACK SOME OF THE BEST STANDARDS OF ALL TIME, SOME OF WHICH HAVE BEEN TOO LONG NEGLECTED, THE MIX, THE  MUSICIANS,
AND THE INCREDIBLE DELIVERY BY LYNN STANLEY MAKE THIS CD, IN MY OPINION, ONE OF THE BEST  AMERICAN SONGBOOK RECORDINGS, OF THIS DECADE.
SAUL LEVINE
KKJZ (KJAZZ)

 

FIVE STARS ***** THE MOONLIGHT SESSIONS VOLUME ONE-Review by Grady Harp

“Lyn Stanley redefines what a ‘song stylist’ is-“

Wildly popular Southern California vocalist Lyn Stanley’s new project ventures into new musical territory with her creative approach to American music. This time, she’s borrowing from the classical composers–Chopin, Beethoven, Debussy, Mozart, and Ravel to breathe a new excitement into a few jazz standards like you’ve never heard them before. This series begins with this Volume One. She has also added songs to this special project from the country and pop genres and added arrangement twists with jazz applications that modernize them as they delight your ears. Lyn delivers every song with the finesse and confidence of a veteran song stylist – and she is only a few years into her vocal career.

The ensemble is Lyn Stanley – vocals, Mike Garson – piano, Christian Jacob – piano, Tamir Hendelman – piano, Chuck Berghofer – bass, Ray Brinker – drums, Bernie Dresel – drums, Joe LaBarbara – drums, Luis Conte – percussion, John Chiodini – guitar, Chuck Findley – trumpet, Rickey Woodard – tenor saxophone, Bob McChesney – trombone, and Hendrik Meurkens – harmonica.

The tracks are as follows: All of Nothing at All, Willow Weep for Me, Moonlight Serenade, My Funny Valentine, Embraceable You, Why Don’t You Do Right, Girl Talk, Crazy, Close Your Eyes, How Insensitive, Break It to Me Gently, and In the Wee Small Hours.

The lady steams with talent and surrounds herself with the very best musicians and arrangers in the business. A total Winner!-June 2017

George Fendel reviews ‘Interludes’

George Fendel reviews ‘Interludes’

The CD marks my first encounter with singer Lyn Stanley, but I hope it is not my last. She sings spot-on key, phrases with practiced ease, and simply interprets this set of juicy songbook goodies in such a way that one knows she has done her homework. Her accompaniment, by a variety of Los Angeles jazz stalwarts, includes Bill Cunliffe (piano), Chuck Berghofer (bass), Ray Brinker (drums), Hendrick Meurkens (harmonica), and a number of others.

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Review on ‘Lost in Romance’ from the Netherlands

Review on ‘Lost in Romance’ from the Netherlands

While waiting in line for the beginning of the ‘Monster’ concert of the’ Jackson Four ‘at the entrance to the auditorium of Casino Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas January 6 J.L. I was waiting with Danielle de Kock and Michel Keyner (Audifile.com) and I met Ken Kessler against in the company of an unknown to me lady. Ken introduced her to me and she turned out to be a singer and gave me this SACD. I promised not to pay attention to my column; deed of. And with great pleasure. What a find!

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‘Interludes’ receives review from Italy

‘Interludes’ receives review from Italy

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.

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Music Review: Lyn Stanley – ‘Interludes’

Music Review: Lyn Stanley – ‘Interludes’

Once again Lyn Stanley makes it evident that when it comes to sultry jazz singing she is a force to be reckoned with. First there was her exciting debut album Lost in Romance which set a hell of a bar for a first attempt. Potions, her collection of songs from the ‘50s, raised it another notch. Expectations for her newest release were high and Interludes meets those expectations in spades.

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“More smooth sounds from Lyn Stanley”

“More smooth sounds from Lyn Stanley”

But the major credit must go to Ms Stanley’s radiant vocal artistry. Her flawless intonation and sumptuous warmth combine with a full bodied resonance whether in the darkest deep tones a la Sarah Vaughan or the penetrating register where Dinah Washington lived. Her lyrics – precisely enunciated, perfectly phrased and vividly rhythmic – tell her stories not only through the words, but in the emotional content with which she sings them.

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‘Jazz Mostly’ Reviews Lyn Stanley’s Interludes

‘Jazz Mostly’ Reviews Lyn Stanley’s Interludes

“On another album reviewed here a few months ago Lyn Stanley chose her repertoire from songs composed in the 1950s. On this, her third album, Lyn has delved a little further back in time for many of her songs. Although some of these are familiar, they are given interpretations that render them new and fresh while remaining true to the original intentions of composers and lyricists.”

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Joe Lang Reviews Interludes

Joe Lang Reviews Interludes

Listening to Interludes (A.T. Music – 3104) by LYN STANLEY, you would expect that she has been singing professionally for more than five years, but that is the reality. Having a cast of first call Los Angeles musicians enhances her natural talent, with the likes of pianists Bill Cunliffe or Mike Garson, bassist Chuck Berghofer, drummers Ray Brinker or Paul Kreibich and guitarist john Chiodini, and occasional contributions from Bob McChesney on trombone, Henrick Meurkens on harmonica, Brad Dutz on percussion and Cecilia Tsan on cello.

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