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Ann Dyer – Revolver: A New Spin (Premonition)  Recorded March 2-4, 1999 at The Hut in Berkeley, CA (50:19) 2000 release Label this one in the Fringes section. John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote quite a few songs that have been of interest to jazz lovers. Ann Dyer’s album doesn’t stop there. Rather, her appeal is toward a wider audience. One that may or may not remember the Beatles’ 1966 album Revolver. Scheduled for release by Premonition Records later this month, Dyer’s Revolver: A New Spin presents the Beatles’ songs in many flavors. Dyer’s vocal style is strong and confident. She interprets pop songs with a unique pop delivery and leaves things that way. While Dyer’s reworking of these classic songs appears fresh and open, jazz is not a major factor.
"Eleanor Rigby" provides a noticeably solid workout for Dyer’s ensemble. She interprets the lyrics clearly while her band echoes the mood. Peter Apfelbaum supports Dyer quite well and provides a deep, dark, delicious interlude with kicks. "Tomorrow Never Knows" tosses Hindustani sheets of sound at the listener while Dyer chants dreamily. While Rob Burger’s accordion offers a unique timbre - including both French and Cajun mood swings- to the session, the remainder of Dyer’s album presents itself as pop music with shades of country, R&B, bluegrass and Cajun music for a very wide audience.
Track Listing: She Said She Said; Good Day Sunshine; Eleanor Rigby; For No One; Taxman; I
Personnel: Ann Dyer- vocals; Rob Burger- accordion; Carla Kihlstedt- violin; Jeff Buenz- electric and acoustic guitars; John Shifflett- electric and acoustic bass; Jason Lewis- trap drums, tabla; Peter Apfelbaum- tenor saxophone on "Eleanor Rigby," "Rain" and "Tomorrow Never Knows;" Hafez Modirzadeh- karna on "Tomorrow Never Knows," tenor saxophone on "I Want to Tell You;" Rob Vlack, E. Blake Davis- additional guitars on "Taxman."
As a kid, my mom told me I'd like jazz. I thought she was nuts. Then I went to hear Cannonball Adderley (with Nat Adderley, George Duke, Walter Booker, Roy McCurdy and Airto) and everything changed. Yeah, mom knows best.