Lenny Breau, Don Francks, Eon Henstridge - Live at the Purple Onion
Written by Nicholas Jennings
Although his name comes first in the billing, the Canadian jazz guitar genius plays second fiddle to singer-comedian Francks on this 1962 recording from Toronto’s Yorkville district. Unlike the fine Hallmark Sessions, which showcased Breau’s unique style (accompanied by Rick Danko and Levon Helm), this album keeps the Winnipeg legend in the background, with bassist Henstridge. Instead, Francks’ often irritating nightclub routines and even a display of tap dancing takes center stage. Shameful, really.
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