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To make the music all it should be, Stanley hired world renowned jazz pianist/composer and producer Kenny Werner to produce the album, adding Werner, Bill Cunliffe and Mike Lang along with Steve Rawlins and Tamir Hendelman as the arrangers to work on the album concept and song selections, and secured the talents of some of Los Angeles and New York’s finest musicians to participate. Returning to the elements that made her first album so successful she again hires Al Schmitt, this time as both the recording and mixing engineer along with Bernie Grundman for mastering the album.
The recording venue also changed to Hollywood’s legendary Capitol Recording Studios Studios (Studio A–musician tracking and some vocals); Studio B (percussion and some vocals), and Avatar Recording Studio C in New York City where she could record with Kenny Werner and his trio. The vocalist microphone used in Los Angeles and NYC tracking for vocals was a Neumann U47, and those vocals recorded at Capitol were recorded with the same Neumann U47 that Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra used.
The album contains 15 tracks-12 of the tracks are pure analog from musicians through vocals, mixing and mastering. Two of the 15 tracks were original musician and vocal recordings in ProTools (PCM-192/32bit). This high level is considered to be comparable to analog to some engineers and not many vocalists utilize this higher level of recording due to its sensitivity. One of the 15 tracks is a hybrid of musician and vocal tracks using 24 track analog tape and ProTools PCM (192/32bit). Every song on the album was mixed in and mastered in analog tape.
Lyn Stanley, a unique sultry jazz vocalist from the Los Angeles area, became an international success with her debut standards album, Lost In Romance, released August 27, 2013. The album received several accolades in the hi-fi world of audiophiles including Album of Choice, Best of 2013 Albums, #6/100 Top Vinyl Albums the highest rated Chinese reviewer, Jack Lui in his 2014 book, “All About Vinyl” and awarded Top Rated Album by AnalogPlanet.com “a must have album for any audiophile collector” by renown international critic, Michael Fremer, who calls Lyn the “Chanteuse Extraordinaire.”
A former USA amateur ballroom dance Pro/Am champion, Lyn Stanley’s unique voice has been described as “beautiful,” “Rich in low tones,” with “phrasing and storytelling that makes her music very personal.” Her dancing background adds a feel few artists can deliver. LA Jazz radio personality, Bubba Jackson, describes her as “the real deal – she has brought the songstress back to jazz!” She was discovered by world-class jazz legend, pianist Paul Smith best known as Ella Fitzgerald’s accompanist/conductor. Stanley has become known for her lush low notes, beautiful intonation, rich interpretations, and phrasing.
Her flawless intonation and sumptuous warmth combine with a full bodied resonance throughout her extensive range. 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, and with a grace and sensuality that coats every syllable she sings with a fluidity that is simply mesmerizing.
“The Gershwin selection, especially, with Stanley backed only by Kenny Werner on piano, was profoundly communicative and stunningly well recorded—the silent audience collectively exhaled at the end of the song.” -Andrew Quint, The Absolute Sound
“Here’s a holy grail of analog…I have never heard this lady before but wow talk about presence and finesse. Analog – Analog – Analog. What a combo. My god Lyn you knocked it out of the park. Your putting a tear in my eye dear, your singing is so beautiful. And your band, just wonderful. I played the first LP 3 times in a row. The sound field is never in your face, always stable, height, depth and width are all full size.” -Stephen Q., Canada
“Wow, so I have played all four sides and just have to say that it is one outstanding release. The vinyl quality is superb with absolutely no noise, ticks, pops, etc and you come out all sultry from a dead black background that is very beguiling.” -Larry C., Alaska
“The sound quality is astonishingly good, and Lyn’s singing is beautiful, as is the sensitive playing of her band. Lyn and her recording team have set a new bench mark in audiophile music quality and pressing quality…Do yourselves a favor and buy this masterpiece.” -Jake P., U.K.
“If the word “jewel” exists in the world of vinyl this is it, this album is a rare pearl you gave as a gift to us. The sound is so crisp, clean and natural that this album can be used as a reference by the audiophiles to adjust their turntable…this album deserves 11/10 for the sound and 11/10 for the music.” -Nuri E., Belgium
• 180g 45rpm Double Vinyl
• Mastered by Bernie Grundman
• Recorded and mixed by Al Schmitt
• Pressed at RTI
• Gatefold Jacket
Lyn Stanley, vocals
Glenn Drewes, trumpet, flugelhorn
Thom Rotella, guitar
Tom Rainer, clarinet
Luis Conte, percussion
Rickey Woodard, tenor saxophone
Kenny Werner, piano, organ
Mike Lang, piano, organ
Bill Cunliffe, piano, organ
Mike Valerio, bass
Johannes Weidermuller, bass
Joe La Barbera, drums
John Robinson, drums
Ari Hoenig, drums
1. Lullaby of Birdland
2. Cry Me A River
3. Fly Me To the Moon
4. Hey There
5. I’m Walkin’
6. You Don’t Know Me
7. In the Still of the Night
8. The Thrill Is Gone
9. A Summer Place
10. Love Potion #9
11. Teach Me Tonight
12. After the Lights Go Down Low
14. The Party’s Over
15. The Man I Love (bonus track)