Lyn Stanley: Lost In Romance (2013)
The songs include a smoldering "Fever," an island humid "That Old Black Magic" and a late-night "The Nearness of You" (featuring the inestimable Bob Sheppard on tenor saxophone) that set a relaxed mood, one that is sure of the talent to which it's being devoted. There are no steep cliffs here, only straight and elegant byways to pass the time, with some exceptional ballad and mid-tempo vocal performances by the dense loam of talent that is Lyn Stanley.
Stanley takes these songs on with a conservative ear, opting for a traditional performance. The value of this approach is to always allow the composer to speak as intended when conceiving these pieces. Stanley's singing is beyond sexy or sensuous; it is whatever transcends these anemic descriptors. This is singing and delivery that must wait for the proper word to come along to define it. The same applies for the elegance and grace her accompanying musician bring to the project, a who's who of West Coast jazz talent convening for a holidayand that holiday is Lost In Romance.
Track Listing: Change Partners; Watch What Happens; Fever; That Old Black Magic; Nearness of You; You Go to My Head; I Just Wanna Make Love to You; My Foolish Heart; What Am I Gonna Do With A Bad Boy Like You?; Losing My Mind; One For My Baby; Sugar On The Floor; Too Close for Comfort; Something; The Last Dance.
Personnel: Lyn Stanley: vocals; Tamir Hendelman: piano (1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 15); Mike Lang: piano (3, 6, 9-11); Llew Matthews: piano (7, 13, 14); Trey Henry: bass (1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 15); Jim DeJulio: bass (3, 6, 9-11); Kevin Axt: bass (7, 13, 14); Jeff Hamilton: drums (1-3, 6, 9, 15); Bernie Dresel: drums (4, 5, 8, 10-12); Paul Kreibich: drums (7, 13, 14); Gilbert Castellanos: flugelhorn (1), trumpet (15); Bob Sheppard: tenor saxophone (4, 5); Thom Rotella: guitar (10-14); Bob McChesney: trombone (6, 9).
Record Label: Self Produced