Under-appreciated in his short lifetime, Breau was one of jazz’s greatest guitar players. His first album, recorded in 1961, is a gem fit for any music lover’s collection
Any list of the best jazz guitarists of all time—and you can find several such selections—will likely feature Lenny Breau, the late Canadian musician whose genius hugely exceeds his popularity among jazz fans. That is unfortunate but true. An unconventional finger-style player, Breau died early, at age 43 in 1984, and although there is a large enough discography featuring him, many jazz aficionados aren’t as familiar with his music as they probably ought to be.