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Quartette Indigo

Quartette Indigo’s second release, Afrika! Afrika!, on Savant, underlines the versatility of this string quartet led by cellist Akua Dixon Turre, which includes violinists Regina Carter and Marlene Rice, as well as Ron Lawrence on viola. The eclectic set includes originals and standards as well as “Hound Dog,” which swings madly in their capable hands.

Akua Dixon Turre, who first put together the group 25 years ago, wanted to “make people enjoy the music and be able to pop their fingers.” For “Hound Dog,” to achieve the right sense of spontaneity, she used a head chart, believing that “string players are addicted to reading off the paper. If you read the paper, it’s going to sound like you’re reading it, and then you’re not going to pop your fingers.”

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