Thursday, November 20, 2008

Lenny Breau - Last Sessions

Breau's last offering before his untimely death, an introspective set of unaccompanied guitar sketches in the form of etudes, a testament to the man's genius on the instrument.

1. Ebony Queen/Pam's Pad #2
2. Meanwhile Back in L.A.
3. Paris
4. Ba de da Da
5. Feelings
6. I Love You
7. Untitled Standard
8. But Beautiful #2
8. Beautiful Love

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Velvet Touch Of Lennie Breau - Live! (1969)

A great performance recorded live at historic jazz venue Shelly's Manne Hole in LA for RCA records. In it we can hear the complexity of Lenny Breau's guitar approach in material so diverse as jazz and pop standards (No Greater Love, A Taste of Honey), jazz waltzes (Bluesette), Indian ragas (Indian Reflections for Ravi), Spanish flamenco (Spanjazz), straight-ahead bluegrass (The Claw), funky jazz (Mercy, Mercy) and then some. He is ably accompanied by Reg Kelln on drums and Ron Halldorson on electric bass.

Listeners are kindly requested to excuse the clicks and pops as this was ripped from the original vinyl, but then again that being 1969 the above might seem essential in order to convey that all-important period feel, enjoy.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Lenny Breau - Five O’clock Bells & Mo’ Bro

Lenny Breau (August 5, 1941–August 12, 1984). A guitarist's guitarist, Bill Evans of the guitar, a phenomenal guitarist at ease with all contemporary and classical guitar styles. All the above hold true of course, but one has to listen to the man in order to feel the emotion he coaxes out of these six strings as these two LPs on one CD display.