"STRING SWING" (Jazzology JCD-370) Reviews:
"Sayer plays impeccably while leading an equally polished group of
musicians. She has a pleasant and appealing voice and … is the dominant
force with her updated twist on an old formula."
|"A captivating hour…. The music is toe-tapping, heartwarming, and entirely
commendable. Ms Sayer shows mastery of the banjo and guitar and her sidemen
support her instrumental and vocal work with imagination and subtle buoyancy."
The Mississippi Rag October 2000
|"A great collection of fifteen swingy numbers. It features some excellent
single string and chord melody by Cynthia. And then, she sings! Wow. You've
just sold me a music CD."
The Resonator September 2000
|"She plays banjo with a style and elegance normally not heard from
past practitioners of the instrument. She also is adroit at the tenor guitar.
The players who accompanied Sayer in the studio are major contributors to
the pleasures this CD provides.
www.allabout jazz.com/REVIEWS April 2001
|"Sayer brought all of her experience and talent to the studio to cut
this fine album. It is a generous 64 minutes of just plain fun and is strongly
AMG ALL MUSIC GUIDE April 2001
|"Sayer's new 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 music and the banjo as a major player in the
mainstream of traditional jazz."
FIGA Magazine (Fretted Instrument Guild Of America) July/August 2000
|"In this new album, Sayer displays the ability to essay just about
any musical avenue she wants to travel."
The American Rag April 2001
|"Cynthia Sayer gives us a fine sampling of both her instrumental and
vocal talents. She finds opportunities to make her banjo shine. An astute
choice of musicians accompany her.…. The results surely justify the name
of the album. This jazz recording is one that Cynthia Sayer has accomplished
tastefully and creatively."
Jersey Jazz September 2000
|"Had there still been a need for proof that the banjo can create wonderful
swing music, Cynthia Sayer provides it impressively. Here are only a few
words that fit this CD: swinging, light, easy, very entertaining, extremely
agreeable, very worthwhile listening!"
Banjo Podium (Germany) Autumn 2000