Lyn Stanley bravely records 'London With A Twist - Live at Bernie's,' and it's polished and relaxed / Jazz Journal
This album is a "direct to disc" recording. This is an unusual technique and has been described as "plugging microphones directly into the cutting lathe". The performance has got to be almost perfect as there is no capacity to continuously retake or add post-production wizardry. So it is a brave artist who records this way and Lyn Stanley did just that. I only have the CD version to review, but "direct to disc" recording greatly favours vinyl. The album was recorded at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood, California. Grammy-winning engineers Allen Sides (recording and mixing) and Bernie Grundman (who mastered the metal lacquers) managed the masterful live sound for the project. For those interested in the technology that goes with "direct to disc" recording, there is a helpful accompanying booklet which explains everything from choice of microphones to vintage valve equipment.
The recording – considering it was done in only two takes – is polished and relaxed. It has the feel of a great club set where everyone knew what was expected of them. Stanley has a great voice and the tribute to Julie London is more in the style of rather than any attempt to sound like. It is certainly not karaoke. If you like sophisticated female vocals and you like the work of Julie London then this album will certainly appeal.