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Cynthia Sayer - Attractions (With Bucky Pizzarelli) (2007)

3-09-2016, 09:54
Jazz | Vocal Jazz

Title: Attractions (With Bucky Pizzarelli)
Year Of Release: 2007
Label: Cynthia Sayer
Genre: Jazz, Swing, Vocal
Quality: Mp3/320 kbps
Total Time: 56:05
Total Size: 139 Mb


1. Viper Mad
2. Half As Much
3. Banjo Tango
4. Shakin' The Blues Away
5. Over The Rainbow
6. El Choclo
7. The Gift
8. Romance Without Finance
9. Dark Eyes
10. You Are My Sunshine
11. Swing De Paris
12. Aba Daba Honeymoon
13. Hungarian Rhapsody No 2

Cynthia Sayer, best known for her work with Woody Allen's Dixieland band, is now fully recognized as a leader in her own right. On this, her eighth recording, she mixes up traditional jazz with an occasional Latin element, country or classical asides, and a fun tune here and there. Her lead and rhythm banjo playing is prominent in the instrumental numbers, while her vocals take center stage on the other half of the selections. Clearly a skilled player and performer, her singing is pleasant enough, at times a bit strained, but it is on the banjo strings that she truly shines. Think Elmer Snowden meets Banu Gibson. With top-notch help from saxophonist and clarinetist Scott Robinson, trumpeter Randy Sandke, violinist Sara Caswell, and especially legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, Sayer has a band that can challenge her to be better. Of the vocal numbers, the sly, Latin tinged "Viper Mad," and whimsical "Aba Daba Honeymoon" work best, while the more old-timey "Shakin' the Blues Away" and "You Are My Sunshine" sound a bit trite. The best material lies in a cover of The Hot Club of France's "Swing de Paris," a straight but well rendered version of the famous pop tango classic "El Choclo," and Sayer's original "Banjo Tango." The Tiny Grimes evergreen "Romance Without Finance" is a delight but a tad stiff, while the most heartfelt interpretation comes in the traditional gypsy anthem "Dark Eyes." The CD concludes with Sayer playing solo on Franz Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody #2." There are several high points on this program for sure, a few that rank unmemorable like the sappy "Over the Rainbow," but generally Sayer's skill and playful demeanor come through for those who might be interested in this revisit of vintage jazz. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi

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Ganzomaster   User offline   10 June 2014 00:57

Thank you, regards from Mexico

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