Lenny Breau

The Livingroom Tapes, Vol. 2

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A great guitarist who was very versatile (jazz, country, rock) yet very underrated, the late Lenny Breau was at his best in informal settings where he could stretch out. Clarinetist Brad Terry recorded Breau one day in unaccompanied solos and duets with his clarinet and the results were released years later as the two volumes titled The Living Room Tapes. These well-recorded selections feature Breau at his best, with volume two being the equal of the first set. Breau is heard on such numbers as "I Fall in Love Too Easily," Merle Travis' "Nine Pound Hammer" (which he sings quite effectively), a flamenco piece, McCoy Tyner's "Visions," "Indiana," and "Emily." Terry, who is an obscure but very fluent clarinetist, is on a little less than half of the selections, giving one an opportunity to hear Breau as an accompanist, too. Easily recommended to Lenny Breau fans and listeners wanting to discover a major guitarist.

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