I haven't heard "Boy Wonder" yet, Lenny's little precocious guitar kid album, because I love the later, more introspective and deeply touching music from Lenny, after the years of pain from his addictions, and the bad choices they cause us who were/are addicts to make, scarred and sensitized him with their sorrows. So I was a little reluctant, but I bought this CD because I had to check Lenny out as a 20 year old cutting his first official jazz album, with Rick Danko and Levon Helm no less!
Absolutely fantastic use of his great prodigal prowess on guitar. It is hard to believe he had only been listening to jazz for a relatively short time, and beginning to practice and learning to play it for even less time. He sounds so fully developed, with of many of the licks and techniques down that dozens of world class oldtime jazz guitar players made entire careers out of.
I hear Barney Kessel in many of the up tempo single note cascades. I hear some Joe Pass in the trio stuff, when he's mixing the chordal passages with single note cadenza-like outbursts of sheer enthusiastic shredding. My only criticism is he is hung up on using one too many pull-offs (from pinky down to index with left hand on a single string)in one too many places.
Overall, another exhilarating, exciting, rewarding addition to the best of the best of chordal jazz guitar collections possible, by a young master high up on his game, with unimaginable peaks and valleys to come.