"If you triangulate Joni Mitchell, Hank Snow, and Mary Gauthier, you might find yourself at the haunting, slightly surreal fair ground of “I Love You.” It’s out near the Boulevard of Broken Dreams. This is where the ever-daring, Kevin Breit, on mandolin, and a troupe of extraordinary vocalists are performing an album-full of beautiful songs by an array of gifted songwriters. Stop. Listen. “I Love You” is a gorgeous carnival."
"Kevin Breit has claimed the mandolin back from Bluegrass, and returned it to the world of pop music. From "Eleanor Rigby to "Sign O' The Times," he's newly arranged songs both light and heavy, fun and funky, all with unique and exotic chords and flourishes. Like Ry Cooder and Van Dyke Parks, Breit has created his own genre, one that can handle jazz, blues, old-time, country and rock, and sound like no one else ever has." ~ Bob Mersereau
"There’s an evident collaborative bonus to this, as if Kevin’s drawn about him a repertory troupe. This is a real triumph in that regard.
Breit deserves all the support of a significant artist." ~Van Dyke Parks
"I Love You by Kevin Breit: This isn’t an album, it’s a telethon. In support of the humble mandolin, Ontario’s prolific Kevin Breit assembled a small battalion of guest singers for an adventurous covers record of 30 tracks that explore the possibilities of the eight-stringed instrument and songs written by everyone from Joni Mitchell to Joao Gilberto to Prince to Hank Snow to Patti Smith to Hawksley Workman. This disc gives and gives."
~Brad Wheeler Globe and Mail
released October 1, 2020
Mandocello, Octave mandolin, Mandola, mandolin and string bass: Kevin Breit
Sung by Scott Merritt, Ariana Gillis, Cyro Baptista, Martina Breit, Kevin Adamson,Kalyna Rakel, Gregory Hoskins, Suzie Vinnick, Russell DeCarle, Kathryn Rose, Kevin Breit, Lori Cullen, UYMO, Sue Patrick Breit, Harry Manx, Dominique Lalama, Johnny Goldtooth, Nick Craine, Rebecca Jenkins, David Gillis, Mike Daley, Yvette Tollar, Rebecca Hennessy, Mark Lalama, Trudy Artman, Dave Clark, Carmen Elle, Garth Breit, Gwen Swick, Gary Breit, Michael Jude Ward Bergeman and Caroly Larson
Arranged, produced, recorded, mixed & mastered by KB at Everland Sound
Album art and design: Nick Craine
Here it is in a nutshell. I am Canadian and I apologize a lot. Sometimes for things I did not break or did not say. I guess what matters most here is that I love making music and I am strictly unapologetic for what I make available for you here. Sorry.
Amazing to hear the one-of-a-kind Monkish harmonic approach to jazz so amazingly transposed to guitar. "Shuffle Boil" is a great example of Okazaki's use of the guitar as a very percussive instrument. bradyevanwalker