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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 14 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great CD full of terrific music and vituoso playing. 9 Mar. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I love this CD. It really cooks - with style. These well known standards shine with the youthful vitality Birelli brings to the music. His style is melodic, swinging, traditional and modern - and all his own. His singing on several cuts hints of Frank and is a joy. Bryan Stern
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really great CD 26 May 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
...I really like this CD. The guitar playing is superb. Actually, all of the playing on this CD is great. That is one thing I especially like about this CD; it really is ensemble playing. Lagrene does not hog the whole show. He plays as part of the ensemble and makes his contributions throughout, even if it is in a supporting role (his rhythm / background work is also terrific). I think it is that ensemble playing that gives this CD so much power. The other musicians are also very talented
(piano, bass, drums) and they work very well together. There is a real power and presence to this album. And, the recording quality is indeed terrific. Although Lagrene comes at the few vocals in the same spirit that he approaches his guitar playing, it's not his strong suit. I had the sense that the music moved him enough to sing; so there is a genuiness to it that makes it work. But, it's the instrumentals that really shine. This was my first Lagrene CD. I was so impressed with it that I set out to get the others that also got great reviews. I managed to get his first CD, "Routes to Django" (a live recording) from another source and I also got "Standards" from AmazonUK. They're both very good CDs. Lagrene is a very impressive guitarist. Really unique with a discernable spirit...
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's the best 26 May 2012
By Jonathan M. Mason - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Other reviewers have already described the album well enough. I just want to add to this to say that I have over 500 of the best and most famous jazz albums in existence, including a few of Bireli Lagrene's. (The Jazz Live At Vienne DVD is marvelous.)

However, out of ALL the jazz albums in my collection this is my favorite. You don't really have to be a jazz fan or guitar fan to enjoy it, because it has such great atmospheric tunes and such great overall rhythmic drive. This could be great music for a movie sound track.

I don't think Bireli's singing really adds anything to it, but there is not much, and I don't think it takes anything away either.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great playing with four surprisingly good vocals! 23 Jan. 2007
By Steve Dwiggins - Published on Amazon.com
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Bireli's playing is absolutely marvelous. He's playing an arch top guitar, so he's got a better sound than he did on the "Standards" album (where he used a solid body). The whole band is really cookin! The recording and production are also top notch. Bireli sings on Chicago, Luck Be A Lady, You Make Me Feel So Young, and he does a scat on The Lady Is A Tramp. His voice is surprisingly good. He has good tonal quality, good pitch and he sings with plenty of feeling. The vocals don't last long, and the majority of time is given to the playing. I am a major fan of his playing, and I have most of his recordings and all of his DVD's (which I highly recommend). I hesitated to buy this release, as it had some vocals on it. I'm glad I got it, though. On the whole, it's a wonderful addition to Bireli's recordings.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Eyes, blue notes and more 8 Jun. 2001
By Jimmy James - Published on Amazon.com
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I had never heard of this artist until this disc was listed in Sound and Vision magazine as suggested listening for evaluating your sound system. Bireli plays in the style of Django Rhinehart, Charlie Christian and Barney Kessel. This disc is a tribute to Sinatra songs and is mostly instrumental except for the odd verse by Bireli who is an enitrely passable/listenable singer. What really makes this a great disc is the recording itself and the fact that you cannot listen without bobbing your head and tappin' those toes. It invloves you the listener and with a properly voiced or voweled system, puts you and Bireli in the center and all the supporting musicians and instruments, left and right. If you like light (hollow body) guitar oriented jazz combo's, you will not be disappointed in this disc.
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