Lyn Stanley's 'London With a Twist: Live at Bernie's' marvelously captures every nuance of the vocals and backing / In a Blue Mood
This is the second of vocalist Lyn Stanley's tributes to the legendary Julie London. It is a follow-up to her wonderful "London Calling - A Toast To Julie London." The present recording was recorded Direct-To-Disc at Bernie Grundman's Mastering Studio in Hollywood, so this was a live-in-studio recording, but not at a club. It was like a high wire act as unlike a standard recording with tape, any 'mistakes' might be preserved or require a whole new recording. Stanley brought to the studio a band of guitarist John Chiodini (who co-produced this with Stanley), pianists Otmaro Ruiz and Mike Lang, bassist Chuck Berghofer, drummer Aaron Serfaty, and percussionist Luis Conte. Except for the pianists, the musicians also played on "London Calling." This band Stanley has named The Jazz Mavericks.
The sound, like Lyn Stanley's prior recordings, marvelously captures every nuance of the vocals and backing. "London With a Twist," might not be almost as satisfying a tribute to Julie London as "London Calling," but has more than enough charms to warrant considerable interest. It is available in a variety of formats.