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Minors Aloud
Buddy Emmons, Lenny Breau
Minors Aloud
Genres: Country, Blues, Jazz, Pop
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"Minors Aloud" was recorded at Pete's Place in Nashville, Tennessee on August 7th & 8th, 1978 and originally released the same year on LP on Flying Fish Records. The album features several Jazz standards including Charlie ...  more »


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All Artists: Buddy Emmons, Lenny Breau
Title: Minors Aloud
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Art of Life Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/2005
Re-Release Date: 8/23/2005
Genres: Country, Blues, Jazz, Pop
Styles: Classic Country, Traditional Blues, Traditional Jazz & Ragtime
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 804640101420


Album Description
"Minors Aloud" was recorded at Pete's Place in Nashville, Tennessee on August 7th & 8th, 1978 and originally released the same year on LP on Flying Fish Records. The album features several Jazz standards including Charlie Parker's Scrapple From the Apple and Benny Golson's Killer Joe in addition to the title track co-written by Buddy and Lenny. The closing track, Lenny Breau's composition, On a Bach Bouree, based upon J.S. Bach's Bouree in E Minor, is a perfect symbiosis of Jazz meets Classical. Buddy and Lenny are joined by acoustic bassist Charles Dungey, keyboardist Randy Goodrum and drummer Kenny Malone. The 6-page CD booklet includes the original album cover artwork and liner notes exactly as they appeared on the original LP release as well as new liner notes written by Buddy Emmons. Also included is a copy of the lead sheet for the title track handwritten by Lenny Breau himself! All tracks have been digitally remastered from the original analog master tapes using 24-bit digital technology.

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This CD is a must for Breau collectors.
snowbound | Florida | 05/11/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The sound quality of the CD far surpassed the LP on many fronts. This CD is a must for Breau collectors as it has been out of print for too long. Superb playing by all involved!
In his liner notes, Emmons says, "I wouldn't have it any oth
Jazz Fan in PA | USA | 09/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Art of Life recently reissued Canadian ex-pat Lenny Breau's last album before his untimely death in '84, Swingin' on a Seven-String, bringing the special relationship that Breau shared with Nashville pedal steel legend Buddy Emmons to the fore again. Breau, a guitarist who may not have reached the public acclaim he deserved, had a remarkable ability to self-accompany in a way that made him sound like two and sometimes three players at once, and he influenced a wide range of guitarists both then and to this day. His relationship with Emmons went back to the late `70s, when they recorded their first collaboration, Minors Aloud. With Art of Life's remastered reissue of that first meeting, it's now possible to hear how their relationship began and how it ultimately evolved.

It's no surprise that Breau would find so much in common with a player more associated with country music. He was raised on country, and while he would ultimately forge an approach combining those roots with flamenco and a purer jazz aesthetic, he got his professional start at the age of twelve as part of his parents' travelling band, copping Chet Atkins and Merle Travis instrumentals with frightening accuracy. Even when he emerged as a more "serious" jazz player in the late `60s, he retained an allegiance to his upbringing, delivering a staggering solo version of Jerry Reed's "The Claw" on his second album, a live classic, The Velvet Touch of Lenny Breau.

Emmons was aligned with the country scene in Nashville, but he had stretched the limits of his instrument and had some serious jazz chops of his own. So when he was approached in '78 with the idea of doing an album with Breau, he jumped at the chance. The only conditions were that Breau be the featured artist, with Emmons listed as a guest, and for Breau to choose and arrange the material. When Breau arrived for the session, however, he came completely unprepared-not out-of-character for an artist who, while capable of pristine clarity on his instrument, struggled for most of his adult life with various substance abuse problems and was often less than predictable.

The result is that material for Minors Aloud was literally selected and worked out the night before the session, lending it an impromptu energy that probably made it better than a more pre-planned date would have been. We'll never know the answer to that, but based on the performances and the clear simpatico between Breau, Emmons, and the rhythm section, there's no indication that anyone was less than ready when the tape rolled.

The programme covers a lot of territory-Charlie Parker and Benny Golson standards, a couple of quickly pieced-together Breau originals, a country tune, and an R&B song-and it demonstrates players at the kind of advanced level where jumping in without a safety net is not only a way to go, it's THE way to go. In his liner notes, Emmons says, "I wouldn't have it any other way," and neither should we.

John Kelman - All About Jazz
Another Great Breau Reissue.
lorne l | new york | 06/13/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Minors Aloud was undeservedly overlooked when it came out back in 1979, mainly because the jazz police couldn't get their narrow minds around it and panned it. The idea of a country pedal steel player joining forces with a fingerstyle jazz guitarist was just a bit too much for the purists who just didn't get it. These people couldn't understand what Emmons and Breau, who shared the same country/ jazz background,were up to because it didn't sound like Barney Kessell or Joe Pass. As the music here proves, Breau and Emmons were true innovators and couldn't have cared less how the music they played was labelled.
These virtuosos make fantastic music together on this great album. Both take incredible solos on tunes like Secret Love and Scrapple from the Apple. On a Bach Bouree is sublime, especially Emmons's playing on it. There's a fresh, spontaneous feel to all the tunes arising from the fact that--as on many great jazz albums--there was little rehearsal for these sessions. (These guys didn't need to rehearse) Both are in high spirits and if Emmons doesn't sound like Pavorotti, who cares? He's having himself a good time, just like Lenny does singing a hip version of Secret Love. There are a few things that could have been better. The rhythm section overplays sometimes--too much crashing and bashing from the drummer--and there's some tempo rushing going on. Also, Long Way to Go should have been dropped, not because of Emmons's vocals: just because it's a lame tune.
But all in all this is a super, one of a kind album and, with all due respect to Chadner Weems, an excellent introduction to both of these incredible musicians."