Cynthia Sayer Appears on NPR's “Piano Jazz” and Voice of America 'Music Beat'
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February 14, 2014
Cynthia Sayer, the internationally celebrated banjo player and vocalist praised for her "drive and virtuosity" by the New York Times and 10+ years performing in Woody Allen's New Orleans jazz band, has confirmed the release of JOYRIDE, her first album in five years. Fretboard Journal describes the album as "pushing the four-string banjo into new, uncharted territory." Downbeat Magazine says "Sayer's singing is as nuanced as her banjo playing, [which] makes Joyride sparkle with energy."
Inspiration for the groundbreaking project came from Sayer's unlikely 2011 introduction to featured accordionist Charlie Giordano, a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. "When I met Charlie," Sayer recalls, "our styles struck me as a perfect fit. The banjo-accordion sound is incredibly cool." Sayer's singular & striking arrangements show off the rest of her top-tier personnel. Tracks include two originals, jazz standards, tango, blues, roots, and favorites from the Great American Songbook.
The album opener, Sayer's "Banjo Blues," is a cheeky rebuke to banjo stereotypes and sets the tone for the album. Song selections cover a wide range of jazz styles and musical eras, all delivered with an unmistakably current sensibility. Cynthia single-handedly connects us to the unexpected versatility and power of the 4-string banjo.