Lyn Stanley Potions (From the 50's) Hybrid Stereo SACD
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"I guaranty you that Potions is among the best sounding new records (or SACDs) you are likely to hear this year or next, or the year after that." - Michael Fremer, rated 9/11 Music, 11/11 Sonics!!!
Analog Tape Original Recorded Album! Audiophile Hybrid Stereo SACD!
Recorded & Mixed by Al Schmitt! Mastered by Bernie Grundman!
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All songs chosen for Lyn Stanley's album "Potions" were composed in the
1950s. The album is a tribute to the composers of the '50s. This stunning new
album is a brilliant collection of classic songs drawn from a broad palette of
jazz, popular hits, blues, country, R&B and doo-wop (and one very special
Gershwin classic in a bonus track). Some are delivered in a similar context to
the originals, others are uniquely conceived in unexpected fashion, but all of
them are pure Lyn Stanley - captivating, imaginative and singular.
"I guaranty you that Potions is among the best sounding new records (or SACDs) you are likely to hear this year or next, or the year after that. The instrumental timbre and textures are utterly natural and effortless and transparency is "you are there". Ms. Stanley's voice is recorded with equal transparency, clarity and verisimilitude. Yes, it is still possible to produce recordings 'like they used to'." - Michael Fremer, www.analogplanet.com
"...close, smoky, intimate... On Potions, Stanley perfects the thematic ring of her collection, adding one more bit of the past, analog recording. Music this warm should be bonded like fine brandy heated by the smoke of a Monte Cristo." - Michael bailey, www.allaboutjazz.com, 5 Stars!!!
"...an audiophile delight (available even in SACD). The closing song puts the seal of excellence on the entire repertoire in minimalist fashion, a sensitive, aching, beautiful vocal/piano duet between Stanley and Werner on The Man I Love. For all its trimmed-down presence, it's nonetheless complete and luxurious... and almost made it as my favored cut, but, God, what she does to The Thrill is Gone!" - Mark S. Tucker, www.acousticmusic.com
In Reviewing the Double 180g 45rpm LP:
"The sound is simply stunning. Let me say that one more time in case you didn’t hear me the first time; this is one good sounding LP! I love “Lullaby of Birdland.” You can hear every nuance of her vocals and the instruments. Superb phrasing. I enjoyed every song on these two LPs." - Jack Roberts, www.dagogo.com
"If anything in this life is certain, it is that Ms. Lyn Stanley knows how to put an album together, but more important: She knows how to leave the listener wanting more. I don't care what decade her next album is from, as long as Ms. Stanley's effervescent voice is singing these fine arrangements, I'll certainly be there to hear them with anticipation." - NiteLife Exchange, www.cabaretexchange.com
"Sexy and seductive-these are the best words to describe the vocals of Lyn
Stanley. When she sings a song like "Teach Me Tonight," who is going to be
teaching what to whom is quite clear." -Jack Goodstein, blogcritics.org
"If you loved Ella, Sarah and other jazz notables, you will love Lyn Stanley
whose gracious ladylike manner and uber satin range will make you love jazz all
over again." -Don Grigware, broadwayworld.com
"She oozes like molasses poured over buttered waffles on “Teach Me Tonight”
and snaps like a snow pea on Valerio’s bass during a hip “I’m Walkin’.” Her tone
is flawless, and she sounds like she’s having a good time, even when she’s like
a kitten in a tree on “Misty."...very satisfying for the soul." -George W.
Harris, Jazz Weekly
"She has a mature vocal sound, crystal clear diction...and an obvious
affection for the lyrics...This is a delightful set that should appeal to many,
be they jazz fans or aficionados of the Great American Songbook." -Jazz
"...beautiful and superb and the acoustic quality will startle you. It’s like
listening to music for the very first time in your life!" -Radiodom
"Stanley nails it in ways you wouldn't think possible and everyone is having
a blast taking it back to the day. Without a false note anywhere by anyone, jazz
vocal fans have a home run here. Killer stuff." -Midwest Record
To make the music all it should be, Stanley hired world renowned jazz
pianist/composer and producer Kenny Werner to produce the album, adding Werner,
Bill Cunliffe and Mike Lang along with Steve Rawlins and Tamir Hendelman as the
arrangers to work on the album concept and song selections, and secured the
talents of some of Los Angeles and New York's finest musicians to participate.
Returning to the elements that made her first album so successful she again
hires Al Schmitt, this time as both the recording and mixing engineer along with
Bernie Grundman for mastering the album.
The recording venue also changed to Hollywood's legendary Capitol Recording
Studios Studios (Studio A--musician tracking and some vocals); Studio B
(percussion and some vocals), and Avatar Recording Studio C in New York City
where she could record with Kenny Werner and his trio. The vocalist microphone
used in Los Angeles and NYC tracking for vocals was a Neumann U47, and those
vocals recorded at Capitol were recorded with the same Neumann U47 that Nat King
Cole and Frank Sinatra used.
The album contains 15 tracks-12 of the tracks are pure analog from musicians
through vocals, mixing and mastering. Two of the 15 tracks were original
musician and vocal recordings in ProTools (PCM-192/32bit). This high level is
considered to be comparable to analog to some engineers and not many vocalists
utilize this higher level of recording due to its sensitivity. One of the 15
tracks is a hybrid of musician and vocal tracks using 24 track analog tape and
ProTools PCM (192/32bit). Every song on the album was mixed in and mastered in
Lyn Stanley, a unique sultry jazz vocalist from the Los Angeles area, became an
international success with her debut standards album, Lost In Romance, released
August 27, 2013. The album received several accolades in the hi-fi world of
audiophiles including Album of Choice, Best of 2013 Albums, #6/100 Top Vinyl
Albums the highest rated Chinese reviewer, Jack Lui in his 2014 book, "All About
Vinyl" and awarded Top Rated Album by AnalogPlanet.com "a must have album for
any audiophile collector" by renown international critic, Michael Fremer,
who calls Lyn the "Chanteuse Extraordinaire."
A former USA amateur ballroom dance Pro/Am champion, Lyn Stanley's unique voice
has been described as "beautiful," "Rich in low tones," with
"phrasing and storytelling that makes her music very personal." Her dancing
background adds a feel few artists can deliver. LA Jazz radio personality, Bubba
Jackson, describes her as "the real deal - she has brought the songstress
back to jazz!" She was discovered by world-class jazz legend, pianist Paul
Smith best known as Ella Fitzgerald's accompanist/conductor. Stanley has become
known for her lush low notes, beautiful intonation, rich interpretations, and
Her flawless intonation and sumptuous warmth combine with a full bodied
resonance throughout her extensive range. Her lyrics - precisely enunciated,
perfectly phrased and vividly rhythmic - tell her stories not only through the
words, but in the emotional content with which she sings them, and with a grace
and sensuality that coats every syllable she sings with a fluidity that is
"The Gershwin selection, especially, with Stanley backed only by Kenny
Werner on piano, was profoundly communicative and stunningly well recorded—the
silent audience collectively exhaled at the end of the song." -Andrew Quint,
The Absolute Sound
"Here's a holy grail of analog...I have never heard this lady before but
wow talk about presence and finesse. Analog - Analog - Analog. What a combo. My
god Lyn you knocked it out of the park. Your putting a tear in my eye dear, your
singing is so beautiful. And your band, just wonderful. I played the first LP 3
times in a row. The sound field is never in your face, always stable, height,
depth and width are all full size." -Stephen Q., Canada
"Wow, so I have played all four sides and just have to say that it is one
outstanding release. The vinyl quality is superb with absolutely no noise,
ticks, pops, etc and you come out all sultry from a dead black background that
is very beguiling." -Larry C., Alaska
"The sound quality is astonishingly good, and Lyn's singing is beautiful, as
is the sensitive playing of her band. Lyn and her recording team have set a new
bench mark in audiophile music quality and pressing quality…Do yourselves a
favor and buy this masterpiece." -Jake P., U.K.
"If the word "jewel" exists in the world of vinyl this is it, this album is a
rare pearl you gave as a gift to us. The sound is so crisp, clean and natural
that this album can be used as a reference by the audiophiles to adjust their
turntable…this album deserves 11/10 for the sound and 11/10 for the music."
-Nuri E., Belgium
• Audiophile Recording!
• Mixed by Al Schmitt and Mastered by Bernie Grundman
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
Lyn Stanley, vocals
Glenn Drewes, trumpet, flugelhorn
Thom Rotella, guitar
Tom Rainer, clarinet
Luis Conte, percussion
Rickey Woodard, tenor saxophone
Kenny Werner, piano, organ
Mike Lang, piano, organ
Bill Cunliffe, piano, organ
Mike Valerio, bass
Johannes Weidermuller, bass
Joe La Barbera, drums
John Robinson, drums
Ari Hoenig, drums
1. Lullaby of Birdland
2. Cry Me A River
3. Fly Me To the Moon
4. Hey There
5. I'm Walkin'
6. You Don't Know Me
7. In the Still of the Night
8. The Thrill Is Gone
9. A Summer Place
10. Love Potion #9
11. Teach Me Tonight
12. After the Lights Go Down Low
14. The Party's Over
15. The Man I Love (bonus track)