Lyn Stanley's 'Live at Bernie's' is a good album, a good tribute and an excellent collection of standards / Jazz Square
American vocalist Lyn Stanley is an excellent stylist. I became convinced of this five years ago, reviewing her album Potions (From The 50's), released in 2014. There, Lin splendidly conveyed the atmosphere of the 50s, performing popular hits of that decade. Over the past five years, the singer has taken a huge step forward, while remaining at the same time within the framework of her chosen way of stylizing music of a certain period. Since then, she has released several more works, and in 2018 created a tribute album to Julie London, a popular American singer and actress, whose peak of success again fell on the 50s. All of Stanley's new works met a very good press, and Sol Levin from Los Angeles, program editor of America's most popular jazz radio station KKJZ-FM, named her the best vocalist of the year in 2018.
In 2019, Lyn Stanley and her regular accompanying ensemble Jazz Mavericks continued their tribute project in honor of Julie London, releasing another album with songs from her repertoire at the end of June: London With A Twist. A good stylist should be accurate in everything, and Lin Stanley is also a perfectionist, which she proved by deciding to take an extraordinary step when recording this album: apply direct-to-disc recording technology. This means that the entire recording of the program goes directly to the analog disk: no films, no takes, from beginning to end the whole program is recorded immediately, spontaneously, neither Lin nor her ensemble had any pre-arranged arrangements - in short, complete identity with a concert. So far, only four vocalists in history have ventured to record such a record, with the record consisted of recording three songs in a row with a total duration of twelve minutes - the program London With A Twist sounds forty-four minutes! What happened? Here you need to listen, and you will undoubtedly enjoy both the quality of execution and the program itself.
Lyn Stanley presented an excellent collection of standards: here, and Richard Rogers Blue Moon (a cool interpretation, to my taste - the best on the disc), and In The Still Of The Night and I've Got You Under My Skin Cole Porter, and Love Letters Hayman and Young, and along with them - the once popular Route 66, Pink Cadillac of Bruce Springsteen, Bye Bye Blackbird, and finally You Never Can Tell one of the rock and roll kings Chuck Berry - is another peak of this album, from my point of view . A good album, a good tribute (more precisely, its continuation) and a new strengthening of the already existing reputation of this vocalist.