Explore releases and tracks from Lenny Breau at Discogs. Shop for Vinyl, CDs and more from Lenny Breau at the Discogs Marketplace. Lenny Breau was a guitarist with staggering technique and a mind for innovation, playing with an evocative style that effortlessly jumped between genres. Leonard Harold Breau, guitarist, singer, composer (born 5 August in Auburn, ME; died 12 August in Los Angeles, CA). A revered cult figure in the.
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Lenny, however, was shaken over legal hassles with his ex-wife Valerie. I suppose he is a musician’s musician. Retrieved 11 August On both albums Lenny played electric and nylon string guitar as well as a modified string electric guitar.
On 12 AugustBreau was found dead in the roof-top swimming pool of his apartment building in Los Berau. Sadly, Lenny did not have the chance to assume this position.
The overdose death of a close musician friend compounded his unhappiness over the split with Judi and sent Lenny into a deep depression, which he dealt with by increasing his intake of drugs.
I am also mightily surprised that this film has not made a bigger dent on this database. The trio recorded two breay for RCA: After clearing up legal hurdles with help from his old friend Don Francks, Lenny returned to Toronto to play a string of successful dates at the Bourbon Street jazz club. Initially it appeared that Lenny had drowned after a night of binge drinking, an activity in which he indulged occasionally since getting off drugs a few years earlier.
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Lenny Breau dazzled me with his extraordinary guitar playing These qualities coupled with an exuberant, guileless candor and playful sense of humour charmed people and would help to open doors llenny him professionally and socially. Lenny dispelled notations of how you had to be to be a guitar player. I loved how he used the guitar as an extension of his inner freedom, because, obviously, on the outside there were a lot of trainwrecks going on.
Use the HTML below. Lenny Breau played more great stuff at one time than anybody on lneny planet Retrieved 19 June For all of its technical clarity and facility, his playing had an impressionistic drift and an underlying lyricism.
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This conundrum is perhaps best understood by looking at the life, times and character of Lenny Breau, who at lennny early age dedicated himself to the passionate pursuit of a unique musical voice.
Breau said in relation to this, “I approach the guitar like a piano. Lenny jumped at the chance to meet and play with Farlow, who had influenced him as a young musician. There was, however, a less positive consequence of his child-like demeanor.
He performed regularly with his parents, received informal guidance from jazz pianist Bob Erlendson and offered the same to a young Randy Bachmanwho befriended Breau at one of his shows. Lenny Breau was a genius – inspired and breay loose. During the next three years, Lenny played guitar on hundreds of CBC dates featuring music ranging from contemporary pop to straight ahead jazz.
Lenny began playing guitar at the age of eight.
The tracks on his brea Live at Bourbon Street with bassist Dave Young were recorded at one of these dates and show Lenny at the top of his game. Biography portal Music of Canada portal. Search The Canadian Encyclopedia. On one occasion in Nashville, Lenny had taken out a restraining order to keep Jewel at bay.
I forgot my password. The legend surrounding him grew after his death inwhich remains an unsolved homicide. Lenny also continued to work on his solo guitar playing. His addiction made him undependable and clubs braeu reluctant to book him.
It was narrated by Breau’s son, Chet. InLenny hosted his own eponymously named TV show, which often featured his by now highly evolved solo guitar work. A lot of the stuff I play on the seven-string guitar is supposed to be technically impossible, but I spent over twenty years figuring it out. Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options.
Scott Page, saxophonist with s pop duo Seals and Crofts, brought Lenny to Los Angeles for a string of well-attended shows at local jazz clubs. Yes No Report this.
InBreau met his idol Chet Atkins and turned down an offer to record for RCA before finally agreeing to record an album in Nashville with Atkins as producer. Using this difficult technique, Breau created lnny dazzling harp-like effect by playing arpeggiated runs alternating between an artificial harmonic and a fretted berau on adjacent strings.