THE JAZZ BANJO OF CYNTHIA SAYER (VOLUME 1)
FEATURING DICK WELLSTOOD & MILT HINTON
VINYL: $14.99 /
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Enjoy the debut album of award winning artist Cynthia Sayer, regarded as one of the top jazz banjoists/vocalists worldwide. This album features legendary jazz pianist Dick Wellstood and string bassist Milt Hinton, and won "Top 10 Classic Jazz Release." It was inspired by and pays homage to Cynthia’s hero, the historic jazz banjoist Elmer Snowden. This vinyl has Direct Metal Mastering, the premiere manufacturing of its day, and is an instant collectable. This album comes with free track downloads. Get it while you can!
- Doin’ The New Low Down (Fields & McHugh)
- When I Leave The World Behind (Irving Berlin)
- Swing 42 (Django Reinhardt)
- Georgia Rainbow (Leo Gordon)
- Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Love (Robin & Rainger)
- Chinatown, My Chinatown (Jerome & Schwartz)
- Pastime Rag No. 4 (Artie Matthews)
- Once In A While (William Butler)
- What’ll I Do (Irving Berlin)
- Blues (My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me) (Swanstone, McCarron & Morgan)
- Oh, Baby! (Don’t Say No – Say May-Be) (DeSylva & Donaldson)
- Diga Diga Doo (Fields & McHugh)
- Cynthia Sayer – banjo, vocals, arrangements
- Dick Wellstood – piano
- Milt Hinton – string bass
- Greg Cohen – string bass
- Fed Stoll – percussion
- “Go, Woman, Go! Cynthia has great tone and touch and a scorching solo style.”
—FRETS MAGAZINE, Taylor Young
- "To the mortification of the legion of self-appointed sophisticates who deride the banjo in jazz … this album indicates the scope of jazz style banjo solo work possible in a proper jazz setting."
—JAZZ JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL, Hugh Rainey (U.K.)
- "A trailblazer whose creativity in the idiom reaches new heights."
—FRETTED INSTRUMENT GUILD OF AMERICA, Lowell Schreyer
- "This is virtuoso banjo playing. …. She infuses it all with a freshness and spirit that’s an added lift. A number of times I found myself erupting into chuckles and laughter at some mischievous unexpected turn in the music. The intent of the music is serious enough, but it’s a kid of seriousness that says good humor, new perspectives and surprising sounds are an important part of the whole."
- "One might argue that with such established jazz giants as bassist Milt Hinton and the late great pianist Dick Wellstood helping out, lots of folks could cut a good jazz album. But it’s the strength of Cynthia’s individual performances that elevate this album from good to great."
- "Cynthia Sayer’s banjo style makes thoughtful use of a good mix of chordal and single string and has a soft, almost fingered quality to it. Propelled nicely by an excellent rhythm section, she enhances several tracks with good vocals. A promising debut LP."
- "Cynthia’s solos denote a true jazzwoman."
—LE BULLETIN DU HOT CLUB DE FRANCE (France)
- "The arrangements, all by Cynthia Sayer, are innovative and richly sculptured. Cynthia avoids the strident clichés that mar most banjo performances. She prefers a lacy plectrum approach to the vigorous clank often associated with her instrument."