CD Five O'clock Bells/Mo Breau (CD 894686),
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Five O'clock Bells/Mo Breau

  • 1. Days of Wine & Roses
    2. Toronto
    3. Amy
    4. Other Places, Other Times
    5. Five O'Clock Bells
    6. Little Blues
    7. My Funny Valentine
    8. Visions
    9. Ebony Queen / Pam's Pad
    10. Autumn Leaves
    11. But Beautiful
    12. Emily
    13. New York City
    14. I Remember Hank
    15. Marlborough Street
    16. Lone Pine
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5006/12

  • Credits
    ProducerDan Doyle; Gene Rosenthal
    EngineerBob Blank

    Solo performer: Lenny Breau (vocals, guitar).
    Recorded at Blank Tapes Studio, New York, New York in October & November 1977 and January 1978. Originally released on Adelphi (5006) & Adelphi (5012).
    This compilation, consisting of two complete records originally made for the Adelphi label, showcases the talented but troubled guitarist Lenny Breau, whose drug problems caused a rather erratic career, which ended prematurely with his death in 1984. Breau introduces many of the tracks and converses with the engineer while warming up, giving the sessions an informal feel. Highlights include lyrical renditions of "Days of Wine and Roses" and "My Funny Valentine," a lively take on McCoy Tyner's "Visions," and a tasty acoustic medley of Tyner's "Ebony Queen" and Breau's own "Pam's Pad." While Breau's originals are enjoyable, his "Lone Pine" is a barely disguised reworking of "I'll Remember April," and "Toronto" borrows heavily from the mid-'50s Miles Davis composition "Milestones." Still, this is an enjoyable CD that should be picked up before it disappears from sight. ~ Ken Dryden

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (5/96, p.79) - "...The informal...sessions gave Breau a chance to freely spin out long, adventurous solos that in many cases explore a variety of moods and ideas..."
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