Cynthia Sayer's widely acclaimed album, ATTRACTIONS, features legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli along with other renowned NYC players, and offers examples of both her classic American Jazz & Roots Music plus her modern-day, eclectic explorations. Special Honors awarded to ATTRACTIONS:
Nominated for 2009 Swing Journal Disc Award (Japan)
Nominated for Just Plain Folks 2009 Music Awards (USA)
Selected for “Best CDs of 2007” List - Jazz Journalists Association (USA)
"She can pick with the confidence of a bluegrass veteran or chomp as cleanly as Freddie Green.”
-- JAZZTIMES—BEST OF 2007 ISSUE
"Notable women in jazz have stood out as singers and sometimes as pianists. Cynthia Sayer has made her mark in the jazz world in an almost unheard of way, on banjo."
-- INTERNATIONAL MUSICIAN JOURNAL
"The results are mind blowing…. A totally tasty, head turning, ear opening set that practically defines a genre on its own; this jazzy, snazzy date will turn you into a fan in no time."
“Versatile banjo stylings as well as a terrific no-nonsense vocal style… Her arrangements are just right, and her sense of showmanship and good humor makes the whole a fresh and exciting experience… She’s expanding the whole concept of the banjo in her own way, much as Bela Fleck has also done in his way.
-- AUDIOPHILE AUDITION
"She takes us into places where you'd never expect the banjo to be admitted, and makes herself completely at home,"
"Sayer hits one out of the park on this delightful disc. The banjo queen… lights up the studio with her crackling string inventions and breezy jazz vocals… [and] displays her regal chops."
-- THE HARTFORD COURANT
"She can get around her banjo quite well, often soloing in a style akin to electric guitar…Sayer is a more than competent singer, clever arranger and astute talent scout, making her album noteworthy.”
-- ALL ABOUT JAZZ NEW YORK
“A highly rewarding display of her sensitive playing and her musical intelligence. She is also an earnest singer, someone who changes her approach according to her material, and the material is happily varied ... Each track offers surprises.”
-- CADENCE MAGAZINE
“New and fresh sounds…. with every track full of surprises. In this business, every now and again you turn a corner and come across delights that keep your faith in the music burning. Thank you, Cynthia.”
-- JUST JAZZ (UK)
"Sayer’s playing is far more expansive than the original performers on this instrument."
-- ALL MUSIC GUIDE
"Cynthia Sayer takes her banjo playing seriously – and so does the regular jazz world."
Cynthia Sayer - banjo, vocals, arrangements
Bucky Pizzarelli - guitar
Scott Robinson - soprano, tenor and baritone saxes, clarinet
Randy Sandke - trumpet
Jim Fryer - trombone
Sara Caswell - violin
Greg Cohen - string bass
Joe Ascione - percussion
Susan Sayer Taylor - harp
**Also available through digital distributors worldwide.