Lenny Breau, for those that have the need to drop their jaw. The Claw

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  1. ASATKat

    ASATKat Friend of Leo's

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    Lenny was a technical, harmonics, and an advanced harmony genius,,, and a master jaw dropper.

    Lenny Breau, one of the very best, sad ending, but he left us some wonderful recordings. Enjoy this and happy year end holidays 2019.

     
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    And a great tribute to the songs author, Jerry Donahue Reed,

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    Lenny was a troubled genius, and easily my favorite jazz guitarist.
     
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    Spectacular....
     
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    Nice.
    Who's the other guitar player? ;):p
     
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    I think that I mentioned this before. I met Lenny at a post concert party in 1970. At the time he was playing with Moe Koffman. We talked for at least an hour and a half and he was such a super nice guy. He'd just spent a few weeks living with Chet Atkins in Nashville. Chet tried to get him into session work, but Lenny just wanted to play jazz so went back to Toronto.

    About midnight he asked if I knew someone with a good acoustic. I got my buddy Bill to come over with his Gibson Heritage...an exceptional guitar and Lenny played for about 15 of us lucky ones. It was totally amazing...he played country, jazz and classical for a couple of hours. It was the most incredible guitar playing that I've ever seen.
     
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    :confused::confused::confused::confused:

    Unless you were purposely twisting the name... his real name was "Jerry Reed Hubbard"

    Jerry Donahue did a great rendition of "The Claw" both solo and with the Hellecasters... but his last name was not "Reed".
     
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    You are correct, i lifted that from the wiki that google directed... can't trust any thing anymore!
     
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    I really prefer the older stuff of Lenny's.....there's some nice old CBC TV video ....he's so frickin' brilliant....as good as it gets!! Lenny did a clinic at Humber College when I was there in '81-'82....about 20 of us guitar players and Lenny.....nice memory.

     
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    Is he related to Jerry Hubbard Donahue?
     
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    Yea yea, go ahead, rub it in.
     

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    Sorry, I had not read those other posts about Jerry Reed's full name before I posted. I meant it in a light-hearted way.
     
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    Got turned on to Lenny about 45 years ago. What a player!
     
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    I got turned on to a went nuts through Guitar Player mag back in 81/82 before I ever heard him. It was his arrangement of a Chopin piece that did it for me. Those were the prettiest chords I had ever heard on a guitar. I then went hunting for recordings. Never did find the Chopin piece but found plenty of Lenny gems.
    His sense of harmony and reharmonization was unlike any other at that time. And the very best players started taking on Lenny's ideas and they never looked back.

    The saddest of endings for such a wonderful person. It still hurts so much. Did his selfish killers ever get caught? Did they know of his genius? Sure, people like that don't care.
     
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    His killer was never caught.
     
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    Curious what kind of guitar that is.
     
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    Lenny did a clinic at Berklee sometime around ‘80. There was a couple of hundred of us in the performance center. He held us captivated. That and the Tommy Tedesco clinic we’re some of my best musical memories.
     
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    I went to a Lenny clinic at Valley Arts Guitars in Studio City (L.A., CA) in 79 or 80. In attendance were Mitch Holder, Lee Ritenour, Tim May, Dan Sawyer, Ted Greene, etc. It was pretty unbelievable.
     
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    It’s a Baldwin Virginian.
    They were made with and without tremelo arms.
    Super cool looking.
    I’ve seen and played a few.
     
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