Reading Rick Washbrook's tribute to guitarist Lenny Breau, it's clear that this CD was a labor of love. It is also a labor of love for Breau fans specifically and devotees of jazz guitar in general to listen to this two-CD album, which has a play list of 29 songs and more than 145 minutes of music. Like Breau, Washbrook was born in the United States, but works mostly in Canada. He has moved between jazz and blues -- and the close links between the two genres come through in his playing -- with his blues band being selected among the top ten in Canada. The guitarist took almost two years to record this set and has included an eclectic set of material, including several of his pieces. The performing runs the gamut from the lighthearted and gay, such as the medley of "Am I Blue" and "Baby Face," to a nearly classical rendition of "On a Clear Day." Not only is the song list assorted, but so are the guitars Washbrook uses. They include his own handmade electric guitar, two types of classical acoustic guitars, two other electric axes, and a 12-string instrument. Washbrook also sings in a dry, laconic voice on some cuts. Some of the tunes are included because they are closely connected with Breau, such as "Mercy Mercy Mercy." Others are here not because they were Breau tunes, but because they represent the styles Breau was noted for. One of the better tracks in this category is "Good Lord Sent Me a Woman." A Gypsy 's Bed is a lot of guitar to listen to at one sitting. But the mastery of the instrument and the thoroughly listenable play list make the effort worthwhile.
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AllMusic Review by Dave Nathan