Announcing Pre-Sales For Direct-to-Disc 45RPM Now Open
Lyn Stanley -“Here’s To Julie!”
When sultry singer Lyn Stanley approaches a song, she immerses herself in research till she’s satisfied she can make the tune her own. 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 will be the seventh 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 and Volume 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 September and October 2018, Lyn and her band tracked 17 songs as a precurser to the Direct To Disc “live” performance. This album will be released in as a Special Limited Edition numbered and signed 33 1/3rd double vinyl record album in December 2018 as a Super Audio CD (SACD) to be pressed in Austria by DADC. Two of the songs on this album were not covered by Julie, but were popular during her recording years. This album was recorded “live” at United Recording Studio A in Hollywood and one track at LAFx in the Los Angeles area.
Lyn has a date with the recording studio, where she’ll concentrate on songs associated with London. 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 had to get in character, get into the part, as a way to decide how the music should be delivered.”
While both Lyn and London could be described as sultry and sophisticated singers, the upcoming session will be an appreciation, not an imitation. Not only will Stanley put her own distinctive stamp on material London performed—a set list, if you will—she has also compiled a list of tunes she wishes London had tried on for size. “I have an ‘I wish’ category—songs that were popular in that era that she missed, and most on my list are love songs. She seemed to pick songs that avoided declarations of her emotions and strong love connections, like the song ‘It’s Impossible’ ”
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. This recording must utilize the best possible lathe in Los Angeles, so it will be tracked at Bernie Grundman Mastering’s studio in Hollywood. The ever so fastidious mastering guru, Bernie Grundman, will commandeer the coveted Grundman studio lathe. In addition, Bernie’s long time associate and fellow audiophile, multi-Grammy winning engineer, Allen Sides will ensure the highest quality sound and mixing. Allen will also be supported by Capitol Studios top engineer, Steve Genewick.
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/percussion, and guitar, with possibly a horn soloist added. The band lineup hasn’t been finalized, but previous collaborators have included including legendary studio pianist Mike Lang, Wrecking Crew and Frank Sinatra’s bassist Chuck Berghofer, plus featured guitarist John Chiodini (Peggy Lee and Natalie Cole), percussionist Luis Conte (James Taylor touring artist) and award winning Latin percussionist/drummer, Aaron Serfaty.
All musicians are subject to change.
Always the perfectionist, Lyn looks forward to recording a direct-to-disc. “You have to be into the musical moment. There’s pressure on everyone—me, the musicians—we have to be totally prepared. But it’s a great format if we execute it well.” We are planning on this album to be pressed by Record Technology Inc. with a late Spring 2019 anticipated delivery date.
Stay tuned for more details on this exciting project. including a worldwide touring show for 2020. Who knows, this could be the start of a great new series of tribute albums from the ever-creative Lyn Stanley.