The Hallmark Sessions

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The Hallmark Sessions
The Hallmark Sessions.jpg
Studio album by Lenny Breau
Released November 18, 2003
Recorded November 28, 1961 at Hallmark Studios, Toronto, Canada
Genre Jazz
Label Art of Life
Producer Paul Kohler (Reissue)
Lenny Breau chronology
The Complete Living Room Tapes
The Hallmark Sessions
At the Purple Onion

The Hallmark Sessions is an album by Canadian guitarist Lenny Breau, released in 2003.[1]


In his first professional solo recording session, Breau recorded these tracks in Toronto, Canada when he was 20 years old. His former manager kept the original tapes for over 40 years before they were re-discovered. Seven of the tracks include Rick Danko and Levon Helm as the rhythm section.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
All About Jazz (favorable) [2]
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Elliott Simon, in his All About Jazz review, stated: "The sound quality, aside from a few minor rough spots, is excellent and the six re-presented stereo versions of the trio pieces sparkle. Breau in a word is awesome and to think that his playing was this developed at such a young age is mind boggling."[2] Writing for Allmusic, critic Scott Yanow gave the album 4.5 of 5 stars and wrote: "Hallmark Sessions is an extraordinary release... Breau plays beautiful chords (sounding a little like Johnny Smith in spots) and inventive single-note lines. It is remarkable that this music was not released until 2003, but a happy event that it was finally put out. This is a must for Breau fans and an important release for all jazz guitar lovers."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "It Could Happen to You" (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 5:42
  2. "Oscar's Blues" (Oscar Moore) – 3:38
  3. "I'll Remember April" (Gene de Paul, Patricia Johnston, Don Raye) – 4:25
  4. "Undecided" (Sid Robins, Charlie Shavers) – 3:34
  5. "My Old Flame" (Sam Coslow, Arthur Johnston) – 5:29
  6. "'D' Minor Blues" (Breau) – 5:10
  7. "'R' Tune" (Breau) – 3:20
  8. "Lenny's Western Blues" (Breau) – 2:33
  9. "Cannonball Rag" (Merle Travis) – 2:13
  10. "Solea" (Traditional) – 4:01
  11. "Taranta" (Traditional) – 3:58
  12. "Arabian Fantasy" (Traditional) – 2:51
  13. "Brazilian Love Song (Batucada)" (Luiz Bonfá) – 2:07
    Bonus stereo tracks:
  14. "Oscar's Blues" (Moore) – 3:39
  15. "I'll Remember April" (de Paul, Johnston, Raye) – 4:24
  16. "Undecided" (Robins, Shavers) – 3:34
  17. "My Old Flame" (Coslow, Johnstonv5:29
  18. "'D' Minor Blues" (Breau) – 5:08
  19. "'R' Tune" (Breau) – 3:17


Production notes:

  • Paul Kohler – producer, art direction, mastering, mixing, graphic layout, liner notes


  1. ^ a b c Yanow, Scott. "The Hallmark Sessions > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Simon, Elliott. "The Hallmark Sessions > Review". All About Jazz. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 

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