Inventive and inspired, Washbrook evokes the spirit of Joe Pass and Herb Ellis as readily as Breau's. There are even hints of Mississippi John Hurt in a couple of original bluesy numbers. Over the course of 28 solo guitar musings, 13 of which are Washbrook compositions, he never fails to delight. He offers a handful of familiar numbers with a unique, delicate and firm approach: "There Is No Greater Love," "Autumn Leaves," a modal "Summertime," "Black Orpheus," "On A Clear Day," The Days of Wine and Roses," "The Shadow of Your Smile" played on 12-string, "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy," "Yesterday," a breath-taking "Here's That Rainy Day" and "Chattanooga Shoeshine Boy" share space with "Blues Eyes Crying In The Rain" and a splendid finger-style take on Merle Travis' "Cannonball Rag" and a number of lesser known covers.
Adding to the delight of the collection is that much of it was recorded solo at Washbrook's home. He is obviously as astute a studio technician as a plectoral genius. He plays Gibson, Yamaha, Aria and Takamine guitars and, oh yeah, the guitar he built, just to drive home the point.
Unquestionably, Lenny Breau was one of the finest guitarists to ever grace a stage or find his way to a recording studio. As this Breau tribute aptly demonstrates, few but Rick Washbrook could have so successfully dared to tackle the master's technique. This is a masterful collection that deserves to be heard by a wider audience.