About Kevin Breit
There is no doubt that one of the most innovative and enigmatic guitarists that Canada has ever produced is Kevin Breit. Known for his diversity, fluidity and creativity, Breit is at home performing Jazz, Blues, World and more. As actor and musician Hugh Laurie once quipped, “Kevin Breit never plays the same thing once”.
As one of the most in demand guitarists in North America, Breit has recorded and /or toured with Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash, k.d. Lang, Hugh Laurie, Holly Cole, Cassandra Wilson, Amos Lee, Jane Siberry, Molly Johnson, Serena Ryder, Natalie McMaster, Jane Bunnett, and many others. His accolades are many – Breit is a two-time JUNO Award winner for Best Instrumental Recording (Sisters Euclid and Stretch Orchestra), a National Jazz Award winner for Best Electric Jazz (Sisters Euclid). Breit has received a Gemini Award for best television performance for the Joni Mitchell Songwriter Hall of Fame concert with Measha Brueggergosman and a Maple Blues Award with Harry Manx for Acoustic Act of the Year. If that were not enough, he’s performed on albums that have a collective 10 Grammy Awards for Norah Jones 'Come Away with Me', Norah Jones, 'Feels like Home', and Cassandra Wilson, 'New Moon Daughter'. The only thing he hasn’t done is have Chevy Chase play bass in one of his music videos.
In addition to being a “guitarist’s guitarist”, Kevin Breit is an accomplished and brilliant performer on the mandolin. His 2012 release Field Recording was released to rave reviews from media and critics across Canada and beyond. Recorded with the Upper York Mandolin Orchestra, Field Recording showcases Breit’s skills on the mandolin and vocals as well as masterful, thought provoking and sometimes-quirky lyrics.
Breit’s latest release, Ernesto & Delilah, is an epic double-CD set with two distinctly different albums, but both are distinctly Breit. The first disc, Ernesto, is fully instrumental and is bold with classic Brazilian sounds and atmosphere, with styles ranging from classical to jazz. Ernesto features some stellar performances from the Upper York Mandolin Orchestra and features guest appearances from Cyro Baptista on percussion and Gregoire Maret on Harmonica.
The second disc, Delilah, is a gorgeous album of duets with vocalist and actress Rebecca Jenkins. The 11 original tracks on Delilah are the stuff dreams are made of - highlighting the ethereal vocals of Breit and Jenkins as well as Breit’s mastery if his instruments and exceptional storytelling.
All it takes are a few seconds of listening to be completely wrapped up in the sounds and stories within Ernersto & Delilah and to realize the extent of the genius and talents of Kevin Breit.
Sarah French 2015
released 14 April 2015
*Mandolins: Sarah Corteur, Bradley Chaput, Mel Johnson, Candice Sandino, Keith Dooley, Vincent Tallon
Mandolas: Peter Galkin, Mario Sandino, Susan Hartwick, Ron Litton
Mandocellos: Robert Noonan, Cory Delisle, Ron Litton
Double Bass; Russell Boswell
Percussion: Howie Southwood
special guests: Cyro Baptista : Percussion
Gregoire Maret: Harmonica
Vocals: Kevin Breit and Rebecca Jenkins
*Upper York Mandolin Quartet: Kevin Breit
Bass: Russell Boswell
Percussion: Davide DiRenzo
*Produced by Thomas Dooley III
recorded by *Robert Everland at Everland Sound
'Ernesto' was mixed by *Robert Everland
mastered by Philip Victor Bova at Bova Sound , Ottawa
'Delilah' was mixed and mastered by David Travers Smith at Found Sound, Toronto
Original Art by Ryan Price
Design by Nick Craine
*DISCLAIMER-Kevin is The Upper York Mandolin Orchestra, Thomas Dooley iii, Ernesto Ciari, Robert Everland.
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