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."
I love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.