I saw that. Amazing stuff. The guy was definitely a genius. I imagine SRV's "Lenny" was named after him.Tybone said:I think there was a very good (CBC?) documentary about Lenny. It had is daughter and mom in it as well as Uncle Chet (Atkins).
Lester B. Flat said:Yeah, Lenny was a monster. He just may have been the best guitar player ever. He could play stuff you would'nt think possible. He used to do this club gig in N.Y.C. and all the famous guitarists would show up to drool. Chet Atkins took him under his wing for a while. I heard an album of stuff he recorded when he was 14 or 15 and it's just amazing. He did'nt have the personality for fame and got messed up on drugs, but guitar players know who he is.
Randy founded his label (gUITARCHIVES) specifically to keep Lenny's music alive.faracaster said:Geez...I'd say he was THE Monster. Just unbelievable. I saw him once at Bourbon Street in Toronto with Don Thompson. Absolutely jaw dropping and beautiful all at the same time. There is a CD of those shows that week. It was either 78' or 79'. There is also a great live one of him at Shelly's Mann Hole in NYC. I think it's called The Velvet Touch of Lenny Breau. The album he did with Chet Atkins is a lot of fun too. It's called Standard Brands. If you ever get a chance to talk to Randy Bachman about Lenny, he is passionate about just how good he was. I think Randy has had something to do with the Cabin Fever release and maybe a couple of others.
I think it was on the Running Back To Saskatoon TV special (is it on DVD, too?) where Bachman talks about how one of the songs was basically put together with jazz "endings" that Bachman pieced together after one of the lessons from Breau. LB showed him a few endings and Bachman took those and the basic principal behind them and made an entire song. When he called LB and told him, Lenny said, in effect, "You can't do that!"drift_boat said:Randy Bachman tells in his bibligraphy how he used to go over to Lenny's place (in Winnipeg) and get a lesson. I am guessing but if you ever listen to the guitar solo in BTO's "Looking Out For Number 1"......you can hear some strong jazz infuence there.....presumbably a Breau influence.