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Elusive Disc is the exclusive audiophile distributor in the USA for The Moonlight Sessions Volume Two!
Analog Tape Original Recorded Album! Audiophile Hybrid Stereo SACD!
Mastered by Bernie Grundman!
Recorded by Al Schmitt and Steve Genewick! Mixed by Al Schmitt!
Upon hearing the Test Pressings for Volume Two, renowned mastering engineer Bernie Grundman said that they were "The Best I Have Ever Heard!"
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Lyn Stanley has been awarded Female Jazz Vocalist of The Year 2018 from one of the most visible public radio stations in the USA, KKJz-Los Angeles who have the highest Nielsen ratings for jazz radio audiences in the U.S.
The Moonlight Sessions has a total of 26 song divided into two albums (Volume One has 12 tracks and Volume Two has 14 tracks). Supported by the best jazz musicians in the business--Mike Garson, Tamir Hendelman and Christian Jacob take the listener on a journey that combines classical music with jazz standards plus some POP tunes with new approaches-including Willie Nelson's "Crazy, "Why Don't You Do Right?," "Over the Rainbow," and "At Seventeen."
"Does the release of Lyn Stanleys latest album, her fifth since 2013, warrant a full page of coverage in this magazine? I think it does, as Stanley is one of us. She recognizes the importance of good sound to advancing a musical message and spares no expense to achieve this end. " - Andrew Quint, The Absolute Sound, December 2017
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You will hear Chopin, Ravel, Beethoven, Debussy and Mozart references to breathe a new excitement into a few jazz standards like you've never heard them before! Critics are raving about this project and the #1 Jazz radio station in the USA, KKjz proclaims Lyn to be one of the "most outstanding" vocalists in jazz, calling the project "Brilliant!"
"Hot on the heels of her late-spring release of the well-reviewed The Moonlight Sessions, Volume One, Southern California songstress Lyn Stanley issues her fifth recording, The Moonlight Sessions, Volume Two. The award-winning, internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist once again demonstrates her gift for mining classic material and making it her own. Stanley takes listeners on a delightful sonic journey, from her unique takes on familiar tunes including Somewhere Over the Rainbow and The Very Thought of You to her sensitive approach to too-seldom heard gems like That Old Feeling and Smile. Stanley ventures beyond the Great American Songbook to turn her tasteful eyeand voice!to popular songs from the mid-70s such as At Seventeen and The Summer Knows (from the film The Summer of 42)."
"Highlights from The Moonlight Sessions, Volume Two include: How Deep is the Ocean: Stanley shows off her range on this tune, which opens with a tender vocal-piano duet before giving way to a cool, All Blues-flavored swinger with some very tasty trombone from Bob McChesney. Ill Be Seeing You: Rich strings and understated guitar combine, with Stanleys voice floating lusciously on top. Since I Fell for You: From the rarely heard verse to the final note, Stanley delivers the lyric with a persuasive ache. Rickey Woodards bluesy saxophone offers a brilliant contrast with her velvety voice. Makin Whoopee: Stanley lives up to her sultry reputation, bringing a leisurely tension to this long-time fave. At Seventeen: Check out the bittersweet world-weariness and sophistication of Stanleys take on Janis Ians #1 hit single from 1975."
"Joining Stanley on The Moonlight Sessions, Volume Two is a top-flight band of in-demand players, including pianists Mike Garson, Christian Jacob and Tamir Hendelman; bassist Chuck Berghofer; drummers Ray Brinker, Bernie Dresel and Joe LaBarbara; percussionist Luis Conte; guitarist John Chiodini; trumpeter Chuck Findley; saxophonist Rickey Woodard; trombonist Bob McChesney; harmonica wizard Hendrik Meurkens; and harpists Corky Hale and Carol Robins; strings: Budapest SSO. Stellar recording quality makes The Moonlight Sessions, Volume Two an audiophiles delight, and the creative arrangements will appeal to casual listeners and engage hard-core jazz aficionados. With two entertaining top-quality releases under her belt in 2017 alone, Lyn Stanleys long-time fans and recent followers will look forward to discovering what fascinating new projects the singer has next on her agenda."
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. On board for The Moonlight Sessions are her stellar cast of musicians. Piano: Mike Garson, Christian Jacob and Tamir Hendelman; Bass: Chuck Berghofer; Drums: Joe La Barbara, Ray Brinker and Bernie Dresel; Jazz Guitar: John Chiodini; Percussion: Luis Conte; Harmonica: Hendrik Meurkens; Harp: Corky Hale, Carol Robins; Trumpet: Chuck Findley; Trombone: Bob McChesney; Tenor Sax: Rickey Woodard are all on board and recorded. This projects arrangers include, Mike Garson, Christian Jacob, Tamir Hendelman, John Chiodini, Steve Rawlins and Doug Walter. Lyn Stanley is the Executive Producer with Co-Producers Lyn Stanley, Mike Garson and John Chiodini.
The recording engineers for this project are Al Schmitt and Steve Genewick. As always, the album is mastered by Bernie Grundman. Tracks were recorded at The Village Recording Studio D in Los Angeles, California in February 2017.
"Does the release of Lyn Stanley's latest album, her fifth since 2013, warrant a full page of coverage in this magazine? I think it does, as Stanley is one of us... She's meticulous in her technical execution but takes chances artistically, which is a recipe for enduring success." - Andrew Quint, The Absolute Sound, December 2017
"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 Lyn Stanley make this CD, in my opinion, one of the best American Songbook recordings of this decade." - Saul Levine, KKJZ (KJazz)
"High End 2017: Lyn Stanley amazes with her lacquers! I spoke with Lyn Stanley before the show, she was gentle enough as to tip me about this event, she would be playing lacquers in the EAR Yoshino room with legendary designer Tim de Paravicini. The system consisted of EAR top of the line electronics paired with Rockport speakers and Tims turntable with a My Sonic Lab MC cartridge. Lyn and Tim went through the details, explaining how difficult and expensive is to produce a one step vinyl record, omitting several passages (mother copy and stampers) in the pressing chain, thus keeping the sound as close as possible to the master lacquer and the recording itself. Add that to a superb production with nothing but analog equipment used throughout the recording and mastering process and with nothing but the best musicians out there (with names such as Mike Garson and Rickey Woodard to name a few) and you have one hell of a record with Lyn singing classics like "My Funny Valentine" and "Crazy."" - Panagiotis Karavitis, Part-Time Audiophile
"LYN STANLEY/Moonlight Sessions V.1: This classy lassie has been coming out of nowhere on the run since she...well, first started coming out of nowhere on the run. Upping her game with each successive release, here we find her firmly staking out her territory as the jazz diva of the times by surrounding herself with jazzbos who you would buy their own solo records, a song stack that is familiar but she gives a new swing to and a vocal style you will remember. This is a gal of the hour that will be much more than flavor of the month. Killer stuff throughout." - Chris Spector, midwestrecord.com, Read More!
"AXPONA 2017: Lees Best of Show: Best Music. Three-way tie. 1. Intervention Records new Flying Burrito Brothers LP. Shane Buettner and Kevin Gray simply dont know how to do bad work. 2. Lyn Stanleys Moonlight Sessions: Volume One. Sounded so natural on the Ultra 11s. Of course, Bernie Grundman was involved on the mastering side and Lyn always has the best musicians and producers. 3. MA Recordings Todd Garfinkle is now pressing LPs of his stellar recordings. Sera Una Noche and several other titles are available so far and we analog fans are richer for it." - Lee Scoggins, Part-Time Audiophile
"Lyn, I have seen you evolve from a very good vocalist to now among the most outstanding. I have to select airplay based on the content, not how much I admire the singer. In this case, you are so outstanding that admiration for your efforts makes it easy to provide you to get top billing on the station. The choice of selections and the arrangements plus your singing are marvelous - For all future releases please send to my attention, and have someone verify the CD was sent to me. As one who has the honor of programming the world's No. One Jazz station, I am pleased that we have such great product to perform." - Saul Levine, KKjz, Mt. Wilson Broadcasting
"Six years ago, Lyn Stanley was a retired marketing executive wondering if she could pass muster for her church choir. Today, shes an internationally known jazz vocalist whose award-winning audiophile recordings feature A-list musicians, producers and engineers. While Stanley has carved a niche in the high-end world, her albums go far beyond clinical speaker-testing tools. They practically ooze a lush, emotional atmosphere that only happens on those rare occasions when great players are allowed to stretch out in a relaxed, inspired setting."
"Stanley is now working on her next project, a two-album set shes calling The Moonlight Sessions. Being the restless spirit she is, Stanley has carefully devised an ambitious plan to break some new musical ground. Im going to combine jazz standards with classical music, she explained. For instance, were going to do (Antonio Carlos) Jobims How Insensitive merged with Chopins Prelude in E Minor. It may be hard to wrap your head around that concept, but a demo I heard from rehearsals sounded sublime." - John Stancavage, Part-Time Audiophile
"I am re-listening to The Moonlight Sessions Volume Two. And every aspect of the SACD 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, ad the incredible delivery by Lyn Stanley make this CD, in my opinion, one of the best American Songbook recordings of the decade." - Saul Levine, KKJz, 88.1FM Los Angeles and Global Jazz Inc., "#1 Jazz radio station in the USA"
"Song Stylist Lyn Stanley completes her Moonlight Sessionswith Volume 2. This present offering follows only a few months after the release of her well-received The Moonlight Sessions, Volume 1 (A.T. Music, 2017), capping her project with a collection of carefully selected, well-covered standards, with a couple of surprises. Stanley's three-part creative paradigm, started with Volume 1 is continued and completed here. Stanley aimed to: one, reestablish a measure of audio fidelity (analog) to recording and playback; two, reassert the Great American Songbook as the gateway to understanding the history of jazz; and three, redefine what a "song stylist" is. She has largely accomplished this, while still offering something beyond these creative vectors: a deeply intimate consideration of iconic life songs." - C. Michael Bailey, allaboutjazz.com, September 2017, 4.5/5 Stars!
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"We are truly blessed these days to have a female jazz singer who takes her craft as seriously as does Ms. Stanley. And to have one who takes the sound of her albums fully as seriously as she does her singing. After hearing The Moonlight Sessions Vol. Two, Id say that the line of great female jazz divas is in excellent hand as long as Lyn Stanley continues to produce albums as wonderful as this one." - John M. Crossett III, Aural Musings, Read the entire review!
"The real key to the songs on this wonderful collection is the variety in the songs Lyn chose to perform my personal favorite of the fourteen offered up, though, is Since I Fell For You theres no doubt in my mind that youll fall for Lyns magical jazz style when you hear this one. I give Lyn and her high-end players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an EQ (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this jazz gem." - Dick Metcalf, contemporaryfusionreviews.com, September 2017
"It is nice to see a performer develop as an artist from project to project. Stanleys voice sounds richer than ever, and the song choices highlight her abilities well. The work is thoughtful; the sounds are classic and smooth. The Moonlight Sessions Volume Two is beautifully done." - Dodie Miller-Gould, lemonwire.com, September 2017
As with all Lyn Stanley albums, Mastered by Bernie Grundman
Recorded by Al Schmitt and Steve Genewick! Mixed by Al Schmitt!
Super Audio CD
SACD Stereo SACD Layer
This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
Release date: August 30, 2017
Lyn Stanley, all vocals
Mike Garson, piano
Christian Jacob, piano
Tamir Hendelman, piano
Chuck Berghofer, bass
Joe LaBarbera, drums
Ray Brinker, drums
Bernie Dresel, drums
John Chiodini, guitar
Chuck Findley, trumpet, flugelhorn
Rickey Woodard, tenor sax
Bob McChesney, trombone
Hendrik Meurkens, harmonica
Carol Robbins, harp (At Seventeen)
Corky Hale, harp (That Old Feeling)
Luis Conte, percussion
Budapest Scoring Symphonic Orchestra, strings