Born: 1971 Primary Instrument: Guitar
Picking like this is always welcome, says guitar great Eugene Chadbourne, writing about James Beaudreau for All Music Guide. Beaudreau's playing reveals, he says, a mind that can be provoked by intervals and melodies seemingly off-kilter with reality. Paris Transatlantic praised the guitarist's Nick Drake-meets-Derek Bailey improvisations. All About Jazz lauded his impressive inventiveness and the delicious ephemeral quality of the music on his debut CD, Java Street Bagatelles. And Berlin-based website Tokafi.com called that CD one of the most astounding between-the-genre[s] albums of 2006.