Lyn Stanley | The Moonlight Sessions Volume One -Special CD-SACD

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The Moonlight Sessions Volume One -Special CD-SACD

by Lyn Stanley

Lyn Stanley, the Sultry Jazz singer of the decade, offers this collection of love songs where she'll spins tales of love's make ups and break ups. Accompanied by the some of the best talent in jazz--with incredible arrangements--this album is steamy.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. All or Nothing at All (feat. Christian Jacob)
4:57 album only
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2. Willow Weep for Me (feat. Tamir Hendelman)
4:07 album only
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3. Moonlight Serenade (feat. Christian Jacob)
4:35 album only
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4. My Funny Valentine (feat. Mike Garson)
5:16 album only
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5. Embraceable You (feat. Tamir Hendelman)
4:53 album only
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6. Why Don't You Do Right?
3:01 album only
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7. Girl Talk (feat. Mike Garson)
3:00 album only
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8. Crazy (feat. Mike Garson)
4:19 album only
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9. Close Your Eyes (feat. Mike Garson)
3:07 album only
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10. How Insensitive (feat. Tamir Hendelman)
4:39 album only
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11. Break It to Me Gently (feat. Mike Garson)
4:59 album only
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12. In the Wee Small Hours
3:49 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Brilliant album!"-America's #1 Jazz Station, KKjz. This is the ultimate CD format for music lovers-SUPER AUDIO HYBRID CD. You can play this disc on most CD and car CD players AND for an ultimate sound treat, play it on your BluRay or DVD player. The files are not compressed like typical MP3s and the quality of the sound and listening experience is the best in the CD world.

The Moonlight Sessions is the title of the newest chapter in Ms. Stanley's remarkable singing career, with Volumes One (release date is May 30, 2017) and Two anticipated for release August 15, 2017. With this project, Lyn creatively offers a number of jazz standards with classical twists together with refreshingly new takes on iconic pop songs. For example, she's combining Chopin with Jobim’s How Insensitive and including her rendition of the rarely covered 1970's hit “At Seventeen ” by Janis Ian.

Recognized as “a force to be reckoned with in sultry jazz,” Stanley has become a worldwide unsigned artist sales sensation who's now famous for going first-class with all her productions. The Moonlight Sessions is certainly no exception. Volumes One and Two will tie jazz standards with music by Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin, Ravel and Mozart. The songs include “Angel Eyes,” “Over The Rainbow,” “That Old Feeling,” “The Summer Knows,” plus a distinctive new version of Patsy Kline’s 1950's hit “Crazy” – all Stanley’s ideas with the creative support of arrangements by Mike Garson, Tamir Hendelman, Christian Jacob, John Chiodini and Doug Walter.

Lyn Stanley’s sultry vocals will be joined by the playing of an impressive array of jazz greats, including pianists Garson, Jacob and Hendelman and guitarist Chiodini, plus bassist Chuck Berghofer, drummer Joe La Barbara, percussionist Luis Conte and other soloists including harmonica maestro Hendrik Meurkens, tenor-saxophonist Rickey Woodard, and trumpeter/trombone player Chuck Findley, plus even a swing string section. The 23-time Grammy winning Al Schmitt will be at the engineering command station recording the tunes at The Village Recording Studio in Los Angeles CA and Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA. Bernie Grundman mastered the albums, while legendary big band arranger Sammy Nestico (a big time Stanley fan) gets the album dedication based on his contributions to and encouragement of her career.

Ms. Stanley has become a skilled producer who's involved in every step of her high end productions. She always makes certain that her albums have both superb music and sound by overseeing the recording, mixing and mastering of her music. The result: her recordings are not only highly rated musically but are prized possessions in the audiophile market as 45RPM Vinyl, SACDs, high resolution downloads, and 15ips reel-to-reel tapes. These recordings have become best sellers around the world with top marks for sonics as audiophile reference recordings - the gold standard in this industry. Among CDBaby's over 600,000 titles, her albums all have earned Top 100 Seller and #1 Jazz Vocal ratings.

Since 2013, Stanley’s music in five releases has gained the attention of jazz music critics from Asia to Australia and Europe, who've applauded her style as reminiscent of jazz golden era singers like Peggy Lee, Julie London and Sarah Vaughan. Discovered in 2011 by the late jazz legend pianist Paul Smith (known best as Ella Fitzgerald’s accompanist) she has grown as a singer to the point where Stereophile magazine named her “The Audiophile Jazz Chanteuse of the Decade.” In the company of megastar Nora Jones, who began her career with an audiophile audience, Lyn's previous recording include: Interludes (2015), Potions [from the 50s’] (2014) and her 2013 debut release, Lost In Romance.

With her uniquely sultry, multi-colored alto, Stanley has gained a reputation as a “musician’s singer.” Out of appreciation for her fresh approach to timeless standards, from jazz to pop ranging from classics like Peggy Lee's “Fever” to Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” Sammy Nestico, recently wrote about her to a colleague, “What a thrill to work with such great talent!”

More information about The Moonlight Sessions project can be found at www.lynstanley.com.

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GRADY HARP

Lyn Stanley redefines what a ‘song stylist’ is--A TOTAL WINNER!
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!
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John Crossett

Best yet
Lyn Stanley – The Moonlight Sessions Vol. 1
AT Music LLC # 3105 SACD
Released: 2017

Music: 5
Sound: 5

“The Moonlight Sessions Vol. 1” is the fourth album by jazz chanteuse Lyn Stanley that I have had the honor of listening to and reviewing. And while each has been a musical and sonic spectacular, and each has shown incremental improvements in both Ms. Stanley’s singing and the musical production, nothing prepared me for what I was about to hear the first time I placed this SACD in my player and hit the play button. For here, on this album, the improvements are crystal clear sonically and on the performance side, far subtler to hear (especially if this recording is your introduction to Lyn Stanley), while yet being almost as much of an improvement once heard. Why? Because on this album it isn’t how much Stanley digs deeper into each song, for she has been doing that on each of her previous efforts. You see, Lyn Stanley has that innate ability that only the very best jazz singers have of finding the essence of each song she sings and making it seem as if the composer is writing the song with just her in mind. Once again skimming the cream off the top of the Great American Songbook, Ms. Stanley’s improvements are of a subtler nature. Her singing style is still impeccable. Her diction is spot on. Her timing is still perfect. No, what she adds here to “The Moonlight Sessions Vol. 1” that sets this album apart from her previous efforts is the way she uses emphasis, pitch and inflection. I’ve not heard her more in tune with each song, and how tiny variations in all the above traits that lifts these songs from merely well done to “oh my God!” Pick any song on this album and listen to how she’ll hold a note, twist a note, bend a note, change the pitch of a note, put a tiny bit more (or less) emphasis on a note in ways that make each of the twelve song here sound like they are hers and hers alone, and that she’s singing them just for you.
Sonically, “The Moonlight Sessions Vol. 1” is a tour-de-force. To my ears, it is her most spectacular sounding album yet. Now maybe I can chalk the improvements I hear up to my upgrade to the Jeff Rowland Design Group’s Continuum S2 integrated amplifier, but since I hear improvements in her previous albums as played the S2, I don’t think that’s the only answer. Maybe she and her musical friends simply decided to hunker down and give this album the very best effort they could. But then, given the caliber of musical talent she has surrounded herself with, I find it hard to believe that any of them would give less than 110% effort as a matter of course. Or, maybe engineer Al Schmitt, mixing engineer Michael Bishop, and mastering maven Bernie Grundman simply dug down deeper in their vast well of knowledge to produce this spectacular album. But I think maybe it’s a little bit of each that has produced this live-in-my-listening-room sounding album. Lyn Stanley’s voice is front and center with a vivid sense of three dimensionalness that has just eluded her on her previous albums. (And those albums were no sonic slouches, let me tell you.) Then listen to how each instrument sounds both alone in its own acoustic space and a part of the recorded whole. They too display a sense of realness and liveness that goes beyond what Lyn Stanley’s albums have produced previously.
“The Moonlight Sessions Vol. 1” is Jazz. It’s Jazz singing. It’s pure, unadulterated music, produced in a fashion that few other albums even approach. You need this album, even if you think you don’t like the music. Why? Because the next time one of your smart-ass friends thinks it funny to point out how much you’ve invested in your “stereo system,” simply play this disc and, if they’re not deaf or stupid, watch their jaw hit the floor as Ms. Stanley and her cohorts suddenly appear out of thin air before them. This album comes with my absolute highest recommendation.
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allan

mad about lyn
lyn Stanley came out of the blue and produced stunning work. listen and you will buy period
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