Lenox Avenue Breakdown

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Lenox Avenue Breakdown
LenoxAveBreakdownCover.jpg
Studio album by Arthur Blythe
Released 1979 (1979)
Recorded 1978
Studio Mediasound Studios, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 39:58
Label Columbia
Producer Bob Thiele
Arthur Blythe chronology
In the Tradition
(1979)
Lenox Avenue Breakdown
(1979)
Illusions
(1980)

Lenox Avenue Breakdown is an album by jazz saxophonist Arthur Blythe. It was released by Columbia Records in 1979 and reissued by Koch Jazz in 1998. The album reached No. 35 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart in 1979.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The Penguin Guide to Jazz
  • 4/4 stars
  • (Core Collection)
  • (Crown award)
[2]
allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[4]

The Penguin Guide to Jazz included Lenox Avenue Breakdown in its "Core Collection," and assigned its "crown" accolade to the album, along with a four-star rating (of a possible four stars).[2] Penguin editors Richard Cook and Brian Morton called the album "one of the lost masterpieces of modern jazz," owing to its long period of unavailability before the 1998 CD release.[2] Cook and Morton noted that "[Bob] Stewart's long tuba solo on the title-piece is one of the few genuinely important tuba statements in jazz, a nimble sermon that promises storms and sunshine."[2]

Thom Jurek, writing for allmusic, notes that "this group lays like a band that had been together for years, not the weeklong period it took them to rehearse and create one of Blythe's masterpieces. Over 20 years later, Lenox Avenue Breakdown still sounds new and different and ranks among the three finest albums in his catalog."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Arthur Blythe.

Original LP side one
  1. "Down San Diego Way" – 7:44
  2. "Lenox Avenue Breakdown" – 13:11
Original LP side two
  1. "Slidin' Through" – 9:33
  2. "Odessa" – 9:30

Personnel[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States 1979 Columbia LP JC 35638
United States 1998 Koch CD KOC-CD-7871

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chart & Awards at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b c d Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2006) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (8th ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 139. ISBN 0-14-102327-9. 
  3. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "Lenox Avenue Breakdown – Review". allmusic. Rovi Corp. Retrieved August 31, 2010. 
  4. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 27. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.