Jazzology Record's top selling CD of 1997, JAZZ AT HOME is still fresh and toe-tapping as ever. Banjoist/vocalist Cynthia Sayer and her top-notch band, all hailing from her home of New York City, offer a joyful and unforgettable musical experience of 1920s and '30s Jazz.
Cynthia’s hot, swingy style is renowned for breaking through any narrow assumptions about the banjo. Acclaimed as one of the top jazz banjoists worldwide, her vocal, multi-instrumental and arranging talents add even more to the mix. Enjoy!
"Sayer's execution is flawless. She exhibits total command of the banjo, uses the guitar as an alternate, and is the motivational force for all songs. She also is a more than adequate vocalist. Her tone and dynamics work perfectly with the band as she struts her stuff to the lyrics."
-- CADENCE MAGAZINE
"Cynthia Sayer is a talented traditional jazz musician who sings and plays banjo and tenor guitar with equal expertise. Her voice carries warmth and color ... and her rapid-fire style is phenomenal."
-- JAZZ TIMES
"Cynthia Sayer once again demonstrates why she's a blue-ribbon artist. Put simply, Jazz At Home is an album that bears repeated listening, not only to savor Cynthia's skills as both a songstress and instrumentalist but also to examine assorted and sundry solos dished up by a quality cast of musicians."
-- THE AMERICAN RAG
"Cynthia Sayer's prowess on banjo and guitar and ability as a vocalist have made her a popular entertainer at home and abroad. She has learned the lesson that variety is the spice of jazz as well as of life..... We get some artful textural variations and neat solos."
-- THE MISSISSIPPI RAG
"Cynthia Sayer, who is certainly one of the best banjo players in the business, has picked a real all-star band for this fine CD.... Every tune is a definite winner."
-- THE RESONATOR
"Sayer's CD represents her latest, and to date, most personally inspired solo project. … The eclectic blend of material, instrumentation and arrangements suggest an ongoing musical growth, not only as soloist or vocalist, but as arranger as well. As a vocalist, Cynthia eludes a warmth and joy. It certainly provides a wealth of enjoyable listening and inspiration”…. and further solidifies her as a major player in the mainstream of traditional jazz."
-- FIGA MAGAZINE (Fretted Instrument Guild Of America)
"Cynthia Sayer sure knows how to pick her musicians... She also knows how to pick songs ... She also plays a mean banjo and guitar, and knows her way around a vocal."
-- JERSEY JAZZ JOURNAL
JAZZ AT HOME personnel:
Cynthia Sayer - banjo, tenor guitar, vocals, arrangements
Jon-Erik Kellso – trumpet
Peter Ecklund - trumpet, cornet
Kenny Davern – clarinet
Scott Robinson - soprano & tenor & baritone saxophones, alto clarinet
Randy Reinhart – trombone
Tom Artin – trombone
Keith Ingham – piano
Greg Cohen - string bass
Arnie Kinsella - percussion
Visit www.cynthiasayer.com for more info about Cynthia!