The Velvet Touch of Lenny Breau – Live!

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The Velvet Touch of Lenny Breau - Live!
Live album by Lenny Breau
Released 1969
Recorded April 28–30, 1969
Venue Shelly's Manne-Hole, Hollywood, California
Genre Jazz
Length 46:56
Label RCA Victor
Producer Danny Davis, Ronny Light
Lenny Breau chronology
Guitar Sounds from Lenny Breau
The Velvet Touch of Lenny Breau - Live!
Minors Aloud

The Velvet Touch of Lenny Breau – Live! is a live album by Canadian jazz guitarist Lenny Breau that was released in 1969.[1]


After Breau's major-label debut, Guitar Sounds from Lenny Breau, was issued the previous year on RCA, producer Chet Atkins arranged for this live recording in Los Angeles. Session bassist Carol Kaye was in the audience and stated in an interview:

The tapes from the three-night engagement were taken back to Nashville where Atkins, Danny Davis and Ronnie Light prepared them for release.[2]

Despite the enthusiasm for the live show, the album sold poorly and was barely mentioned in the music press at the time. Breau was later quoted as saying, "When I initially recorded, I didn't feel ready—I wanted to practice for another 10 years first." He also felt RCA did not sufficiently promote the release.[1][2] It was 10 years before Breau released another solo album.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [3]

Music critic Paul Kohler of Allmusic wrote "His ability to play chords, melody, and a bassline simultaneously has to be heard to be believed."[3]

Track listing[edit]

Writing credits as shown on record label.

  1. "Tuning Time" (Lenny Breau) – 1:49
  2. "No Greater Love" (Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky, John Digges, Domenico Savino) – 6:37
  3. "The Claw" (Jerry Reed) – 4:23
  4. "Indian Reflections for Ravi" (Breau) – 3:12
  5. "That's All" (Merle Travis) – 5:42
  6. "Blues Theme" (Breau) – 1:01
  7. "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" (Joe Zawinul) – 5:30
  8. "Spanjazz" (Breau) – 5:19
  9. "Bluesette" (Jean Thielmans) – 6:00
  10. "A Taste of Honey" (Ric Marlow, Bobby Scott) – 4:43
  11. "Blues Theme No. 2" (Breau) – 2:40


  • Lenny Breau – 6-string and 12-string guitar
  • Ronnie Halldorson – bass
  • Reg Kelln – drums

Production notes[edit]

  • Grover Helsley – engineer
  • Danny Davis – engineer
  • Ronnie Light – engineer


  1. ^ a b Lenny Breau Remembered by Jim Ferguson
  2. ^ a b Forbes-Robert, Ron. (2006). One Long Tune: the life and music of Lenny Breau. Denton, TX. University of North Texas Press. ISBN 1-57441-210-8.
  3. ^ a b Kohler, Paul. "The Velvet Touch of Lenny Breau – Live! > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 22, 2011.