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Editors’ Notes

Charlie Peacock is Christian music’s most enduring Renaissance man. Over his 30-year career, he’s released singer/songwriter albums, launched record labels, and produced artists as different as Amy Grant and The Civil Wars. Lemonade marks his first foray into jazz since his 2008 duet project with sax player Jeff Cotton. This time out, he goes it alone with an album’s worth of solo piano improvisations that bring to mind the explorations of Vince Guaraldi and Bill Evans. Those unfamiliar with Peacock’s fluency on the keyboard may be surprised at the confidence of his playing here. Pieces like “Viola in the Garden of Words,” “A Boy and His Dreams,” and “Homeless in the Cosmos” are built with subtle tonal shadings upon melodic themes that speak to Peacock’s skills as a tunesmith. The bittersweet “Redbones in the Shadows” blends gospel and Celtic motifs, while “Blues in the Middle” marries Manhattan sophistication with southside Chicago soul. Peacock stretches out the furthest on “Jude, as in Hey Jude,” a dreamy, tingling piece that combines abstraction with whimsy. This is as pure a creative expression as Peacock has ever recorded.

Customer Reviews

A shimmering, marvelous release

By turns plaintive, reflective or adventuresome, “Lemonade” explores a rich, resonant array of hues and phrasings. Each track brings something special to the table, for this release mingles subtle jazz artistry with a deft displays of technique. We are treated to twelve compositions of genuine grace and beauty—tracks to return to again and again. They reveal new treasures—and perspectives—each listen through. The advent of this album is a cause célèbre.

Drink this one in

It's a bit of a challenge for me to write this review with an unbiased approch. I've been a fan of Charlie Peacock's music for over 20 years. I've appreciated his varying styles (some to a larger degree than others), and have always viewed him as an immense talent. I give you that in the spirit of full disclosure.

All that said, "Lemonade" is an enjoyable, if not different listen. My initial reaction to most of the songs was that they could very easily be a perfect fit in any Peanuts animated special. In other words, if you like Vince Guaraldi's piano styles in those specials, you'll probably like this album. I'm not going to "review" each individual song on the album, but I will say that my initial standouts are "Our Father Always Near Us", "Jude, As In Hey Jude", "Bill's Ballad Unravelled", and "Homeless In The Cosmos". I look forward to learning what the story was behind some of these songs, if the opportunity presents itself.

Buy this album today. You won't be disappointed.

An hour of bliss

The most enjoyable sixty minutes I’ve spent listening to music in many moons. Charlie has an exceptional musical vocabulary, surveying influences of many of the most remarkable jazz pianist of the past century, while putting his own reflective and lyrical stamp on these compositions.

Biography

Born: August 10, 1956 in Yuba City, CA

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Charlie Peacock is a musician whose career stubbornly defies simple categorization. He's recorded material that encompasses rock, pop, R&B, country, gospel, Americana, and jazz. He's a singer, an instrumentalist, a songwriter, a published author, and, though he's released more than a dozen albums...
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