Lenox Avenue Breakdown

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Lenox Avenue Breakdown
Studio album by
Released1979 (1979)
StudioMediasound Studios, New York City
ProducerBob Thiele
Arthur Blythe chronology
In the Tradition
Lenox Avenue Breakdown

Lenox Avenue Breakdown is an album by jazz saxophonist Arthur Blythe, and illustrator Mark Hess. 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]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[4]
Christgau's Record GuideA[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz
  • 4/4 stars
  • (Core Collection)
  • (Crown award)
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[5]

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."[4]

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


Release history[edit]

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


  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. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: B". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 22, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  4. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "Lenox Avenue Breakdown – Review". allmusic. Rovi Corp. Retrieved August 31, 2010.
  5. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 27. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  6. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/artist/jim-houghton-mn0001810853