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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He recorded infrequently and was as notorious for his substance abuse and self-destructive tendencies as he was for his musical abilities. On 12 AugustBreau was found dead in the roof-top swimming pool of his apartment building in Los Angeles.

Breau blended many styles of music, including jazzcountryclassicaland flamenco. Lenny left the band and he and his young wife Valerie returned to Winnipeg. This page was last edited on 15 Decemberat He was the best that ever lived, bar none.

Through making the documentary, Hughes It was first breaau on September 13, as part of a regular weekly program called Inside the Music. Lenny dispelled notations of how you had to be to be a guitar player.

The dazzling guitar style that so impressed Atkins was a unique synthesis of jazz, flamenco, country, classical and other musical genres that Lenny worked tirelessly to refine throughout his life.

George Benson said, “He dazzled me with his extraordinary guitar playing The lack of attention his albums received disappointed Lenny but he did little to help their sales. By the time he was a teenager, Lenny had mastered the Chet Atkins thumb-pick and finger-style playing and soon became fascinated by jazz.

Inspired by the sophisticated chord voicings of jazz pianist Bill Evans, he also began playing a custom seven-string guitar equipped with a high A tuned an octave above the fifth string, allowing him to fret chords voicings and tone clusters originally only possible on piano.

His inability to look after himself and his interests was worsened by his growing drug use. I wish the world had the opportunity to experience his artistry. His harmonic sensibilities were a combination of his country roots, classical music, modal musicIndian, and jazz, particularly the work of pianist Bill Evans. He released 10 albums in his lifetime, but never really rose above the status of underground phenomenon.


InLenny hosted his own eponymously named TV show, which often featured his by now highly evolved solo guitar work.

In some ways he was a sophisticated young man who had seen and experienced more of the world than most of his peers. He was a little miracle. He dealt with drug addiction and depression for most of his adult life and was described by friends as a man beloved by everyone he met, but incapable of taking care of himself on a day-to-day basis. The Genius of Lenny Breau is Hughes’ film biography of her father, the Canadian jazz guitar genius who died under mysterious circumstances in At the age of three, Lenny was singing harmony with his parents on a local radio station and occasionally appearing with their stage act throughout New England.


Judi Singh, alarmed by his drug use, ended her relationship with Lenny and moved to Edmonton with Emily. This conundrum is perhaps best understood by looking at the life, times and character of Lenny Breau, who at an early age dedicated himself beeau the passionate pursuit of a unique musical voice. Along the way, he created new techniques that baffled and amazed even the most accomplished guitarists of his time.

It was with the first viewing of this film that I was apprised of the actual circumstances of his death, I don’t know if his loss should seem even greater to me. He is buried in an unmarked grave in Forest Lawn cemetery in Los Angeles. Both lost interest in Lenny and ended their business relationships with him. He recorded intermittently, usually in country or solo settings, and also taught and performed. I wish the world had the opportunity to experience his artistry. Recently released CDs of material recorded live during this period attest to the high level of his playing at that time.

Keep track of everything you watch; tell lenhy friends. Promotion and ticket sales were excellent and a large crowd turned out to welcome their home town hero. Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options. For the next five years Lwnny moved sporadically from one Canadian city to another, playing lennny gigs where and when he could find them. Both albums are now considered quintessential classics of the fingerstyle jazz genre. All subsequent concerts were cancelled with the exception of Vancouver where he reprised his Winnipeg performance.


He recorded one lnny live album later that year, but due to a lack of commercial success would not record again under his own name until the late Seventies. Retrieved 19 June I forgot my password. The musical result enthralled listeners as much for its technical complexity as the depth of its emotional expression.

Braeu the Archives Archived at the Wayback Machine. He began using heroin when it was available and heavy doses of methadone when it was not.

Bio – Lenny Breau

The most enigmatic, innovative and inspired guitarist to ever pick up the instrument… Bill Milkowski. Although he had produced a book with the help of guitarist John Knowles explicating his guitar style and written many columns for Guitar Player Magazine, his unique approach to fingerstyle jazz and brezu techniques he developed were not being carried on by a new generation of upcoming jazz guitarists, most of whom had never heard of Lenny.

He was great looking. I remember being completely mesmerized by the soft voiced man on the lebny only vaguely aware lehny his absolute transcendent ear and ability, and in retrospect, oblivious to the tribulations of his life. During the next three years, Lenny played guitar on hundreds of CBC dates featuring music ranging from contemporary pop to straight ahead jazz.

I play the accompaniment on the low strings. Audible Download Audio Books. Jazz guitarist photo courtesy Emily Hughes.