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Gypsy Trio

Bireli Lagrene Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dreyfus
  • ASIN: B001ND9C2U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,279 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Since the Gipsy Project years, Biréli Lagrène has shown that he was, without any doubt, the best gipsy jazz guitarist performer. For this new opus, Biréli appears with his faithful friends : Diego Imbert (contrabass) and Hono Winterstein (guitar) . With this trio, Biréli reaches the summits of virtuosity and swing. An exceptional guest Roberto Alagna comes and visit him on the marvellous title : «Be my love».

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The French Gipsy guitarist at his best 14 April 2012
Format:Audio CD
Birelli Lagrene, sometimes incorrectly credited as Lagrene Birelli, is a French Gipsy Jazz guitarist of some great skill. Best known in his native France, and to the broader Gipsy Jazz scene, he is capable of much more. He plays within the broader jazz spectrum and has sat in or guested with and on recordings by other jazz greats, whether Gipsy or not. He played with the late, great Stephane Grapelli, with the Rosenberg Trio (a Swedish Gipsy group of tremendous talent0 and others. He has dueted with many other highly talented guitarists, too.

This album shows his skills to their best. He deserves much greater recognition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bireli comes home...again 6 Nov 2011
By bluesdoc05 - Published on
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In his teens, Bireli Lagrene ran way from his destiny as the successor to Django Reinhardt the king of gypsy jazz guitar. Before long he had explored and mastered everything from Blues and Bebop, to Fusion and Metal, establishing himself as possibly the greatest guitarist ever. He then returned to the music of his childhood with two impressive Gypsy Project CD's done with traditional "Hot Club" instrumentation . His next projec in the idiom, the phenomenal "Move" album substituted saxophone for the violin allowing him to explore both Gypsy Jazz and Bebop.

On "Gipsy Trio" he strips his band down to his two long time companions, bassist Diego Imbert, and the hulking rhythm guitarist Hono Winterstein whose time is so solid you could set you watch to it. The result is pure unadulterated Gypsy jazz guitar played at the highest level. While there are other guitarists who play Django's music superbly, there is only one Lagrene. Perhaps it's the depth of his other influences, the bebop phrasing that appears so well placed at times, or the vibrato that comes from the blues. Or maybe it's just that no one else was truly born with as much feeling for this music. Whatever it is, Lagrene shows you on this album that when he plays gypsy jazz, he simply is the best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars will the real bireli please stand up! 18 April 2013
By Steven Rosen - Published on
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i saw bireli in person a few years back, when he was on tour in the US, a rare thing, i find. i didn't know much about gypsy jazz, but he blew my socks off, and i bought tickets for the second show that night and wanted more. sizzling, strong, masculine, driving powerful music. inventive, soaring solos. i am a fan for life. this CD is exceptional and reflected a lot of what i saw that night, and i listen often.
that's the good news.
i have purchased other albums by him and have been disappointed. he dabbles in pop music and other genres which don't interest me. last year, at the gypsy jazz festival at Samois-sur-seine, in France, he was booed during his set, which was pop and rock covers. he's a fine musician, but his strength and power and taste are in gypsy swing jazz. this, sadly, is what i discovered, ordering his CDs blindly and thinking i would get the genius, when i really just wasted money on junk.
all that being said, this CD is GREAT!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely done 20 Aug 2012
By Personne - Published on
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In its hundred or so years of existence, jazz has poked into lots of corners. In recent years, it's often fallen prey to the excesses of over-production. Good performances are covered over with a plaster of effects, unbelievable balances, excessive EQ and all the sins of modern recording. On listening to historical recordings-Django, Bird, Wes, Satchmo--the listener often wishes for that purity of performance along with the clarity that modern audio equipment can bring. This wonderfully energetic recording delivers on that wish.

Bireli Lagrene broke onto the scene several years back as a virtual reincarnation of Django Reinhardt. Blazing speed, good humor and a fast vibrato gave us a new take on some great old favorites. In the years following, he's branched out stylistically--even embracing the occasional electric guitar. With his bravura technique, he can occasionally stray outside the bounds of tastefulness. But not here. He returns to the simplest of formats: a pair of acoustic guitars and a bass. It's also a return of sorts to the sort of music that began his career, but with greater insight and a voice more truly his own. Most of the tunes are fresh arrangements of classics--Lullaby of Birdland, Night and Day, Limehouse Blues--but there's also a nice take on George Harrison's 'Something'. The recording is clean and intimate. It feels like you're in a small club in a front-row seat. It's present, but unforced.

Most of the ink about Lagrene goes to him. But his long-time rhythm section deserves a real commendation. Diego Imbert lays down a supportive and subtle bass line. Hono Winterstein plays a rhythm guitar that lays a groove so solid you never even think about drums. He is truly one of the best rhythm players since Freddie Green. This is an under-appreciated art that deserves real kudos.

The last cut is a head scratcher. It's an impassioned, near-operatic performance of 'Be My Love', sung by guest tenor Roberto Alagna. It's a dedicated and skillful performance. But after the syrupy Mario Lanzo version and countless parodies, it's hard to suppress a snicker. But that lies with the listener, not the performer. The album is irresistible.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Django, But Better! 22 Aug 2012
By Robert M. Burns - Published on
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Listening to Bireli Lagrene - particularly on this album, filled with standards from the so-called Golden Age of American Song, one is immediately stunned by both that artistry of this man: the interpretation, the blazing speed and clean playing as his fingers move up and down the finger board, and the absolutely rock solid rhythm, (amplified by his collaborators Diego Imbert on stringed bass and Hono Winterstein on rhythm guitar).

I am a lifetime fan of the great Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli and their recordings which come down to us over the years. "Gipsy Trio," in addition to the inherent virtuosity of the three musicians on this album, gives us the benefit of modern recording technology, and so we hear this music as it must have been like to sit in on the Hot Club Quintet in Paris in the 1930s - well, minus Grappelli, anyway.

Yet, this is not a simple cover of works done by Reinhardt. Although we are treated to chestnuts like "Limehouse Blues," "Change Partners," "Tiger Rag," and "Singing in the Rain," Legrene give us his take on songs of the modern era. His version of McCartny's "Something" was beautifully stylized, recalling the original Beatles recording while adding his own stamp to a very pretty song. A song called "Micro" just blazes away and one is left wondering how in the world can fingers mover so fast!

The final track, "Be My Love," a song I never cared much about since the only version I ever heard of it was Mario Lanza's symphonic treatment of it in the 1950's on RCA Victor and, while good in itself, I had heard enough of it while growing up to be really tired of it. But Legrene brings in tenor Roberto Alegna to help out and this recording brings a whole new approach than the one I had heard most of my life.

I had never heard of Bireli Legrene until, while researching classical Gypsy music, I came upon his name in connection with Reinhardt. My interest was now piqued by the comparison I kept reading about, so I listened to a few samples of his music and was blown away. This album is the first (but by no means my last Legrene work) which I will happily add to my jazz collection. "Gipsy Music" is "must" for any collector of jazz standards, in my opinion. You will not keep still upon listening to it.

The really wonderful thing about these kinds of discoveries is that the links to our musical past are still strong and being kept alive by such great players.
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