If you're interested in unaccompanied jazz guitar then this album is a must have. Most jazz guitarists who perform solo usually do so on either an electric or a metal string acoustic and recordings in this genre by world class players done on nylon string guitar are not as easy to come by as you might imagine, so that in itself makes this album special. An additional attraction is that the circumstances of the recording lend it a very informal, intimate feel - it really does sound like eavesdropping on Lenny practising at home, which is basically what it is.
The tapes appear to have been reproduced largely unedited (or so it says on the sleeve), though, personally, I think this detracts a little from the overall quality of the album as a commercial product; I mean, do we really need to hear Lenny walking about the room and sighing to himself after a take? And speaking of takes, where Lenny has had two attempts at a song they have been placed consecutively on the same track, rather than on different tracks and labelled as "Take One" and "Take Two", which is somewhat ridiculous, since they were clearly intended to be separate performances.
Lenny sounds totally at the top of his game here, though it has to be said that - despite the amazing virtuosity and apparently limitless inventiveness which he demonstrates - his improvisations sometimes seem to lack internal coherence. To my ears at least they are not as emotionally engaging as, for example, Joe Pass's beautiful playing on the albums "Unforgettable" and "Songs for Ellen" which, recorded shortly before the great man's death, may be the finest recordings to date of solo jazz guitar on a nylon string instrument.
Cabin Fever CD, インポート
1. Lenny's Warm Up And Improvisation of Autumn Leaves
2. Lenny's Mood
3. East Side
4. You Came to Me Out of Nowhere
5. What is This Thing Called Love?
6. Days of Wine and Roses
7. Lenny's Mode
8. Here's That Rainy Day
9. Celtic Dream Stream
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