It’s that time of the year. Cooler. Darker at the edges with leaves coming down. A feeling of reflection comes with this turn from summer to autumn and it inevitably brings to my mind September Song, the old Kurt Weill standard. It is high on my list of favorite songs and at this time of the year I tend to seek out versions of it that I haven’t yet heard. There are so many to find by such a wide array of artists, from Sinatra to Lou Reed.
I came across the version below from a guitarist I bet most of us have never heard before, Lenny Breau. I know that I didn’t know his name or work, which is a shame given the scope of his talent. He was a great jazz guitarist who died in 1984 at the age of 43 , the result of a murder which remains unsolved to this day. Another shame. But he left behind a body of work that is wonderful and his playing is well known in some circles.
His version of September Song comes from a CD, Boy Wonder, that was released after his death. It contains a group of work that he recorded as a 15 year-old when he was a studio musician in his native Maine. Beautiful work for such a young player which does this always lovely song great justice.