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In 1982 the great guitarist Lenny Breau decided to combine a couple of his strongest musical loves, recording country songs with jazz chords in a swinging setting. Half of the music on this set is comprised of duets with bassist Jim Ferguson, while the remainder is played in a quartet with Ferguson, steel guitarist Buddy Emmons and drummer Kenny Malone. It has long been an open secret that many country standards have fairly simple chord changes that are ideal for jamming. Breau, who splits his time between an acoustic seven-string guitar and a regular electric guitar (and takes a completely spontaneous off-mic vocal on "Bonaparte's Retreat"), is in exuberant form throughout this laid-back but happy release. But because jazz/country fusions were not exactly in vogue in 1982, this date was only released very briefly by the tiny Tudor label before the company failed and the record went out of print. Lenny Breau was killed in 1984 and this was his last studio album. It is a long-overdue joy to have this highly enjoyable music available again, and it is highly recommended to anyone at all interested in Lenny Breau's artistry.

Biography

Born: 05 August 1941 in Auburn, ME

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s

An outstanding jazz improviser who performed on both acoustic and electric guitars, Lenny Breau's right hand drew on classical, flamenco, and country (Travis/Atkins) finger-picking techniques. He was among the first guitarists to digest the impressionistic, post-bop chord voicings of pianist Bill Evans. Breau developed the ability to simultaneously comp chords and improvise single-string melodies, creating the illusion of two guitarists playing together. His facility with artificial harmonics remains...
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Swingin' On a Seven-String (Re-mastered), Lenny Breau
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  • $18.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Bop
  • Released: 21 June 2005

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