Minors Aloud

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Minors Aloud
Minors Aloud.jpg
Studio album by Buddy Emmons, Lenny Breau
Released 1978
Recorded August 7–8, 1978 at Pete's Place, Nashville, TN
Genre Jazz
Label Flying Fish
Producer Michael Melford
Lenny Breau chronology
The Velvet Touch of Lenny Breau - Live!
(1969)The Velvet Touch of Lenny Breau - Live!1969
Minors Aloud
The Legendary Lenny Breau... Now!
(1979)The Legendary Lenny Breau... Now!1979

Minors Aloud (subtitled Buddy Emmons with Lenny Breau) is an album by American pedal steel guitarist Buddy Emmons and Canadian guitarist Lenny Breau, first released in 1978.[1]


Minors Aloud was digitally remastered and reissued on CD by Art of Life in 2005 and includes a 6-page booklet, original and new liner notes and a copy of the lead sheet for the title track handwritten by Breau himself.[2]

In his liner notes for the reissue, Emmons states: "... producer Mike Melford asked me if I would be interested in recording with Lenny Breau. My response was a quick yes but on the condition that Lenny would be the featured artist and I'd be listed as a guest... I learned later that Lenny hadn't been told anything about the project other than to just show up. With a few days preparation and a little polish to the arrangements, this would have been a different album. For better or worse we'll never know, but I do know the solos were spontaneous, the energy level was fantastic, and we all had a great time getting there."[2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [3]

Writing for Allmusic, music critic Paul Kohler singled out a few of the songs as noteworthy and notes "The pedal steel definitely gives a rather unique sound to Benny Golson's "Killer Joe," though Breau is clearly the more interesting soloist... Flying Fish was always interested in mixing musicians from country and jazz; this somewhat uneven date should be considered at least a partial success."[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Minors Aloud" (Buddy Emmons, Lenny Breau) – 3:41
  2. "Compared to What" (Gene McDaniels) – 4:39
  3. "Killer Joe" (Benny Golson) – 6:08
  4. "Long Way to Go" (Michael Melford, Wolf Opper) – 4:27
  5. "Secret Love" (Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster) – 5:06
  6. "Scrapple from the Apple" (Charlie Parker) – 7:08
  7. "On a Bach Bouree" (Breau) – 6:27


  • Buddy Emmons – pedal steel guitar
  • Lenny Breau – guitar
  • Randy Goodrum – keyboards
  • Charles Dungey – bass
  • Kenny Malone – drums

Production notes[edit]

  • Michael Melford – producer
  • Al Pachucki – engineer
  • Ben Tallent – engineer
  • J. D. Sloan – photography
  • Buddy Emmons – liner notes


  1. ^ Lenny Breau Remembered by Jim Ferguson
  2. ^ a b Art of Life Records notes on reissue. Retrieved July 3, 2009
  3. ^ a b Dryden, Ken. "Minors Aloud > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 

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