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Lemon Juice Quartet: Peasant Songs

There are currently a number of performers who attempt to bring classical works into a jazz idiom merely by flattening some of the harmonies and occasionally tweaking the melodic line. Such performers generally evoke fond memories of their source works and nothing more.

Rarer are performers who treat classical works as jazz artists have traditionally treated popular songs: as a jumping-off point for harmonic and rhythmic explorations of their own. The Lemon Juice Quartet takes the latter approach on its new CD, Peasant Songs, and shows that jazz is truly a music that can break down and recast any other in its own exciting form.

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