Lisa Lauren Loves the Beatles

Lisa Lauren

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Lisa Lauren Loves the Beatles Review

by Scott Yanow

Most Beatles tribute albums have performances that are either too close to the originals, or abstract versions that are very far away from the intent of Lennon and McCartney. Singer-pianist Lisa Lauren's tasteful yet adventurous outing is somewhere in between. Each of the Beatles' songs that she chose to interpret is quite recognizable and yet none of these versions are strict copies. With Lauren often being the only singer, the new versions range from folk music to bits of jazz, with altoist David Sanborn adding his distinctive horn to "The Word" and "Can't Buy Me Love." The personnel and instrumentation constantly change and the results are consistently unpredictable, casting new light on even the most familiar of these songs. Well done!

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