All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

9

Lyn Stanley: Lyn Stanley – The Moonlight Sessions, Volume 2

C. Michael Bailey By

Sign in to view read count
Song Stylist Lyn Stanley completes her Moonlight Sessions with 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.

The disc opens with a perfect Stanley vehicle, "Makin' Whoopie." She give the standard a spot-on sardonic reading that smolders with experience and humor. Hendrik Meurkens' harmonica provides just a slippery enough slope to send the song into the stratosphere. Stanley's romantically-charged, wistful reading of "That Old Feeling" segues nicely into the first surprise, "Summer Knows" from the film, Summer of '42 (Warner Bros., 1971). This pairing is a slick bit of programming deserving attention. The second such diptych involves the other surprise, Janis Ian's 1974 single "At Seventeen" from her album Between The Lines (Columbia). This is Stanley's most daring and inspired inclusion in this recital and she sings the song with a sepia nostalgic charge that makes the piece fit with the rest of the set list. Juxtaposed against the almost sheer darkness of "Angel Eyes," the two songs give ready evidence to Stanley's command of her repertoire and direction.

Critic's Note: Anno Domini 2017, marks the 100th Anniversary of recorded jazz, deftly noted by the release of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band's shellac "Dixieland Jass Band One-Step (A)/Livery Stable Blues (B)," Victor 18255, recorded February 26, 1917 and released March 7, 1917. Just for perspective, in 1917, my father was 18 months old and my mother was yet to be born for two years. It is also the twentieth anniversary of me writing for All About Jazz. The first recording I reviewed for the magazine was Art Pepper's San Francisco Samba (Contemporary, 1997), published December 1, 1997. I am using this present review as part of a series noting my twentieth anniversary with the magazine and paying special tribute to my fellow writers at All About Jazz and Publisher Michael Ricci.

Track Listing: Makin’ Whoopee; The Very Thought of You; That Old Feeling; Summer Knows; Over The Rainbow; How Deep is the Ocean; Angel Eyes; At Seventeen; You’ve Changed; Smile; Love Me or Leave Me; How Insensitive; Since I Fell for You; I’ll Be Seeing You.

Personnel: Lyn Stanley: vocals; Mike Garson: piano; Christian Jacob: piano; Tamir Hendelman: piano; Chuck Berghofer: bass; Ray Brinker: drums; Bernie Dresel: drums; Joe LaBarbara: drums; Luis Conte: percussion; John Chiodini: guitar; Chuck Findley: trumpet; Rickey Woodard: tenor saxophone; Bob McChesney: trombone; Hendrik Meurkens: harmonica.

Title: Lyn Stanley – The Moonlight Sessions, Volume 2 | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: A.t. Music Llc

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

CD/LP/Track Review
Best of / Year End
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Lyn Stanley – The Moonlight Sessions, Volume 2

Lyn Stanley – The...

A.t. Music Llc
2017

buy
The Moonlight Sessions, Volume 1

The Moonlight...

A.t. Music Llc
2017

buy
Interludes

Interludes

A.t. Music Llc
2015

buy
Potions: From the ‘50s

Potions: From the...

Self Produced
2014

buy
Lost In Romance

Lost In Romance

Self Produced
2013

buy

Related Articles

Read For You CD/LP/Track Review
For You
by Patrick Burnette
Published: November 12, 2018
Read Espace Cardin 1977 CD/LP/Track Review
Espace Cardin 1977
by Karl Ackermann
Published: November 12, 2018
Read Song of No Regrets CD/LP/Track Review
Song of No Regrets
by Peter Hoetjes
Published: November 12, 2018
Read Ay  Que Boogaloo! CD/LP/Track Review
Ay Que Boogaloo!
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: November 12, 2018
Read When Sunny Gets Blue: Spring ’68 Sessions CD/LP/Track Review
When Sunny Gets Blue: Spring ’68 Sessions
by Roger Farbey
Published: November 12, 2018
Read Lake Geneva CD/LP/Track Review
Lake Geneva
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: November 11, 2018
Read "Vagabond Soul" CD/LP/Track Review Vagabond Soul
by Paul Rauch
Published: July 23, 2018
Read "Killing Bugs" CD/LP/Track Review Killing Bugs
by Kevin Press
Published: November 20, 2017
Read "Äventyret" CD/LP/Track Review Äventyret
by Troy Dostert
Published: December 5, 2017
Read "Avant-Garde Party Music" CD/LP/Track Review Avant-Garde Party Music
by John Sharpe
Published: January 1, 2018
Read "120 Onetwenty" CD/LP/Track Review 120 Onetwenty
by Jim Olin
Published: August 26, 2018
Read "Spiritual Impressions" CD/LP/Track Review Spiritual Impressions
by Jerome Wilson
Published: March 16, 2018