JOYRIDE

by Cynthia Sayer

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Cynthia Sayer, the celebrated four-string 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 her first album in five years Joyride.

The album features Charlie Giordano of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band on accordion as well as Mauro Battisti on bass, Larry Eagle (who performed with Springsteen's "Seeger Sessions Band") on percussion and additional top musicians contributing violin, guitar, tuba, trumpet, clarinet and more. The thirteen tracks on Joyride were produced and arranged by Sayer and include two originals as well as early jazz and country classics, tango, blues, and favorites from the Great American Songbook.

Inspiration for Joyride came from Sayer's unlikely 2011 introduction to Giordano at Brooklyn's Jalopy Theatre. "Larry Eagle introduced me to this fantastic accordion player, but I had no idea of his background at first," remembers Sayer. "When he sat in with my band I immediately knew I wanted to record an album with him. The banjo-accordion sound is incredibly cool, and our styles struck me as a perfect fit."

The album opener, Sayer's "Banjo Blues," is a cheeky rebuke to banjo stereotypes and sets the tone for the set, showcasing Sayer's singular & striking, arrangements. Song selections cover a wide range of styles, genres and musical eras, highlighting the unexpected versatility of the four-string banjo.

credits

released April 14, 2013

Cynthia Sayer - banjo, vocals, arrangements
Charlie Giordano - accordion
Mauro Battisti - string bass
Larry Eagle - percussion
with:
Sara Caswell - violin
Adrian Cunningham - clarinet
Jon Herington - electric guitar
Scott Robinson - tenor sax & tarogato
Rande Sandke - trumpet
Marcus Rojas - tuba
Mike Weatherly - string bass & backup vocals

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Cynthia Sayer New York, New York

Cynthia Sayer, regarded as the top 4-string banjoist worldwide, was with Woody Allen's jazz band for 10+ years. Her solo career has taken her well beyond these New Orleans roots. Cynthia has a unique and expansive approach to the banjo which is all her own, and she is also a dynamic vocalist. Sayer has worked with a variety of leading jazz, popular, bluegrass and roots artists. ... more

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