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Memoire - The French Sessions, Vol. 2

Joshua Breakstone

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Album Review

Guitarist Joshua Breakstone for the second time pays tribute to France. This trio set, with bassist Louis Petrucciani and drummer Christian Salut, consists of four standards and four of the guitarist's originals. Close interplay between the musicians and an emphasis on ballads makes this set a generally sparse and quiet affair. Highlights include "Autumn Leaves," "A Little Thing I Wrote," a touching version of "You Must Believe in Spring," and a happy "C'est Si Bon." All of Breakstone's recordings are worth picking up.

Biography

Born: July 22, 1955 in Elizabeth, NJ

Genre: Jazz

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

A fine bop-based guitarist, Joshua Breakstone discovered jazz when he was 14. He studied for several years with Sal Salvador, yet at the time was gigging regularly with a rock group. He attended Berklee, and in 1977, toured Canada with the reed player Glen Hall, making his recording debut on Hall's Sonora release. During and after teaching guitar at the Rhode Island Conservatory of Music (1979-1981), Breakstone worked in New York with Warne Marsh, Emily Remler, Dave Schnitter, and Vic Juris. In 1983,...
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