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Lenny Breau: Swingin’ on a Seven-String

Raised by a pair of country entertainers, and ultimately seduced by Tal Farlow’s cool, the late virtuoso guitarist Lenny Breau was a little bit country and little bit Jazzbo Jones-or actually, he was a lot of both. Country tunes regularly infested Breau discs as early as his 1969 debut, but it wasn’t until two years before his mysterious death in 1984 that the guitarist tackled a full-on jazz-meets-country session, proving that the simple chord changes of a Hank Williams or Bill Monroe tune lent themselves splendidly to improvisation.

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