Ann Dyer & the No Good Time Fairies

Ann Dyer & The No Good Time Fairies

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Ann Dyer & the No Good Time Fairies Review

by Scott Yanow

One of the most exciting singers of the mid-'90s, Ann Dyer is a true improviser who is not afraid to really cut loose and show her emotions. Blessed with a wide range and a very appealing voice, Dyer takes all kinds of wild chances throughout her debut. Among the highlights are a spaced-out "I'll Remember April," an intense version of Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman," a nutty rendition of Wayne Shorter's "Pinnochio," and a slightly demented yet swinging interpretation of Gigi Gryce's "Social Call." The singer is greatly assisted by the rockish but versatile guitar of Jeff Buenz, bassist John Shifflett, drummer Jason Lewis, and Hafez Modirzadeh on tenor and bass clarinet. Ann Dyer has the same adventurous spirit as the most creative jazz musicians, making this a highly recommended disc.

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