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THE LEGENDARY LENNY BREAU...NOW!



Lenny Breau with Don Francks



Now available from Art of Life Records!!

Lenny Breau & Brad Terry-"Live at the Maine Festival" DVD
Art of Life Records AL1037-9 DVD


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Art of Life Records is proud to present our first DVD Video release, Lenny Breau & Brad Terry-"Live at the Maine Festival". This rare video performance, which was recorded live at the Maine Festival at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine on August 2nd, 1980, features the only known existing video footage of Lenny Breau playing his acoustic seven-string guitar. Lenny and Brad perform two popular Jazz standards, "Emily" by Mercer & Mandel and "Autumn Leaves" by Prevert, Mercer & Kosma. The DVD Bonus Features include an eight minute video interview and performance clips with Brad Terry, two previously unreleased High-Resolution 24-bit/96kHz Audio Only Bonus Tracks by Lenny Breau & Brad Terry ("Limehouse Blues" and "Make Someone Happy") and an extensive Lenny Breau Discography featuring over 100 recordings of Lenny as both a leader and as a sideman which includes artist, album title, year and record label information. The "Live at the Maine Festival" DVD Video is an All Region Code, NTSC, 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen Format disc featuring High-Resolution 24-bit/96kHz Digital Audio Tracks and a Dolby Digital Soundtrack. Total video running time, concert footage and Brad Terry video interview, is approximately thirty minutes. Includes liner notes written by Brad Terry.

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Buddy Emmons & Lenny Breau-"Minors Aloud"
Art of Life Records AL1014-2 CD


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"Minors Aloud" was recorded at Pete's Place in Nashville, Tennessee on August 7th & 8th, 1978 and originally released the same year on LP on Flying Fish Records. The album features several Jazz standards including Charlie Parker's Scrapple From the Apple and Benny Golson's Killer Joe in addition to the title track co-written by Buddy and Lenny. The closing track, Lenny Breau's composition, On a Bach Bouree, based upon J.S. Bach's Bouree in E Minor, is a perfect symbiosis of Jazz meets Classical. Buddy and Lenny are joined by acoustic bassist Charles Dungey, keyboardist Randy Goodrum and drummer Kenny Malone. The 6-page CD booklet includes the original album cover artwork and liner notes exactly as they appeared on the original LP release as well as new liner notes written by Buddy Emmons. Also included is a copy of the lead sheet for the title track handwritten by Lenny Breau himself! All tracks have been digitally remastered from the original analog master tapes using 24-bit digital technology.

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Lenny Breau-"Swingin' on a Seven-String"
Art of Life Records AL1013-2 CD

Originally released as "When Lightn' Strikes" on LP in 1984.

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"Swingin' on a Seven-String" was recorded on August 12th & 25th in 1982 and originally released in 1984 as "When Lightn' Strikes" on LP. In addition to being the last studio album that Lenny Breau recorded before his untimely death in 1984, "Swingin on a Seven-String" also remains as the only studio recordings of his seven-string acoustic guitar playing. In addition to the five tracks featuring Lenny and acoustic bassist Jim Ferguson performing duets, Lenny is joined by pedal steel guitar legend Buddy Emmons and drummer Kenny Malone on the remaining quartet tracks. Eight of the eleven tracks feature Lenny on seven-string acoustic guitar, while the other three tracks feature Lenny on six-string electric guitar. All tracks have been digitally remastered from the original analog master tapes using 24-bit digital technology. The CD also features one previously unreleased bonus track, "Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain". The 12-page booklet includes extensive liner notes by author Ron Forbes-Roberts as well as commentary from Buddy Emmons and Jim Ferguson.

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Lenny Breau, Don Francks, Eon Henstridge-"At The Purple Onion"
Art of Life Records AL1009-2 CD

Recorded live at the Purple Onion in Toronto, Canada in August 1962.

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Following in the footsteps of Lenny Breau's-"The Hallmark Sessions" CD (Art of Life AL1007-2), "At The Purple Onion" captures Lenny performing in a live trio date recorded at the Purple Onion club in Toronto, Canada in August of 1962. This 68-minute previously unreleased live recording features Canadian singer/actor Don Francks on vocals and acoustic bassist Eon Henstridge. The original analog reel-to-reel master tapes have been in the possession of Lenny's former manager, George B. Sukornyk, for over forty years. Includes liner notes by Don Francks, Joey Hollingsworth, George B. Sukornyk and Ron Forbes-Roberts, author of the forthcoming biography: One Long Tune: The Life and Music of Lenny Breau. All tracks have been professionally mastered using 24-bit digital technology.

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Lenny Breau-"The Hallmark Sessions"
Art of Life Records AL1007-2 CD

Lenny's first professionally recorded and previously unreleased
Jazz session recorded in 1961 when he was twenty years old.


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"The Hallmark Sessions", recorded at Hallmark Studios in Toronto, Canada on November 28, 1961, were recorded when Lenny Breau was only twenty years old. This is Lenny's first professionally recorded Jazz session and, until now, has never been released. The original analog reel-to-reel master tapes have been in the possession of Lenny's former manager, George B. Sukornyk, for over forty years. In addition to several Jazz standards such as: It Could Happen To You and I'll Remember April, Lenny also performs several solo Flamenco and Country & Western pieces, as well as four previously unheard original compositions. Lenny recorded seven tracks with acoustic bassist Rick Danko and drummer Levon Helm, as well as six solo guitar pieces at Hallmark Studios. In addition to the trio and solo tracks, there are also six bonus tracks that contain the Stereo versions of the trio pieces. All tracks have been professionally mastered using 24-bit digital technology.

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Discography

Lenny Breau left behind a small but wonderful glimpse into his musical genius. Unfortunately many of Lenny's recordings are very difficult to find and several have yet to be reissued on CD. Thanks to record labels like Art of Life Records, the spirit and music of Lenny Breau continues to live on despite the fact that Lenny is no longer with us.

To view the Lenny Breau Discography please click on the link below.

The Lenny Breau Discography




Videography

Occasionally Lenny appeared on television shows as a musical performer. Thankfully many of these moments were captured on video. Lenny has appeared on television with Chet Atkins, Liona Boyd, and Jim Ferguson to name but a few. Lenny can also be seen in jazz guitarist Tal Farlow's 1981 documentary, "Talmage Farlow".

To view the Lenny Breau Videography please click on the link below.

The Lenny Breau Videography




Magazine Articles

The following articles are from various newspapers & magazines. To read or download any of the articles please click on the links below.

"They Marvel At Guitarist's Mastery"
By Ralph Thomas (Daily Star News-September 4, 1962)

"Two Other Virtuoso Musicians..."
By Jack Batten (Globe & Mail News-January 25, 1973)

"The Riverboat, Toronto"
By Mark Miller (Down Beat-July 17, 1975)

"Lenny Breau Remembered"
By Jim Ferguson (Guitar Player-November 1984)

"The Immortal Lenny Breau"
By Brawner Smoot (Guitar World-September 1986)




Instructional Materials


To see the Lenny Breau Instructional Materials that are available please click on the link below.

Lenny Breau Instructional Materials




Lenny Breau's Fingerstyle Jazz Column

In May of 1981 through September of 1984 Lenny Breau contributed a monthly column called "Fingerstyle Jazz" to Guitar Player Magazine. To read and/or download Lenny's Fingerstyle Jazz columns please click on the following links:

Lenny Breau's Fingerstyle Jazz-
"Octave Harmonics, Part 1" May, 1981




Exclusive Photo Gallery

I am pleased to present the Lenny Breau Photo Gallery. I recently received over a dozen rare never before published photos of Lenny from 1968 and 1983. The photos were taken by Alex Cormack from Ontario, Canada. Alex has been kind enough to give me permission to put these photos on the web site so that all of you can enjoy them.

To see the photos in the gallery please click on the link below.

The Lenny Breau Photo Gallery




Links To Places Where You Can Purchase Lenny's Recordings

In the Discography section you will see a listing for each recording and its available format, LP or CD or both. If a given recording is listed as being available on LP only then you can assume that it has not been issued on compact disc at the present time. The following links will lead you to places where you can purchase Lenny's recordings in the compact disc format only.

Art of Life Records
Guitarchives
Amazon.com
CD Universe




Links To Other Guitarists & Musician Web Sites

Guitarist: Stephen D. Anderson
Bassist: Jim Ferguson
Guitarist: Allan Holdsworth
Guitarist: Pat Martino
Guitarist: Tom Principato
Bassist: Dave Young




This page was last modified on April 16, 2009