Biréli Lagrène

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Bireli Lagrene

Biréli Lagrène started out his musical career at such a high level that it would not have been surprising if the rest of his career had ended up being anticlimactic. However, his playing has remained brilliant and he has stretched out into many different areas. Born in 1966 to a gypsy family in Europe, he started playing guitar when he was 4. By the time he was 8, he had already learned to play many Django Reinhardt songs just like the master. He won a gypsy music festival when he was 12 and the following year recorded Route to Django. Lagrene continued playing in a similar fashion for a few years and had opportunities to share the bandstand with Stephane Grappelli, Benny Carter, Benny Goodman and Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen. By the time he was 18, Lagrene purposely worked to get away from the Reinhardt influence, searching for his own sound. He met Larry Coryell that year, started playing fusion, and recorded quite credibly with Jaco Pastorius in 1986. A few years later he turned to more swinging jazz but this time was playing hard bop versions of standards, hardly hinting at all at Django. He has since come to terms with his roots, and Lagrene alternates between performing in his own original style and playing gypsy swing. At the 2006 Montreal Jazz Festival, his spontaneous trio set with organist Joey DeFrancesco was one of the hits of the event. Lagrene has recently been appearing with his Gipsy Project, a setting that finds him playing swing standards, paying tribute to Reinhardt but also being creative in his own voice.

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March 2009    Albums    By Mike Joyce

Electric Side
Biréli Lagrène

January/February 2008    Albums    By Mike Joyce

Just the Way You Are
Biréli Lagrène Gipsy Project

November 2007    DVDs    By Bill Meredith

Super Guitar Trio Live at Montreux 1989
Larry Coryell, Al Di Meola & Biréli Lagrène

September 2007    Albums    By Bill Meredith

Djangology/To Bi or Not To Bi
Biréli Lagrène

November 2006    DVDs    By Evan Haga

Gipsy Project: Live in Paris
Bireli Lagrene

07/11/06    Concerts    By Andrew Gilbert

Montreal International Jazz Festival 2006

May 2006    Drum Beat    By Bill Milkowski

Avenue Des Diables Blues
Andre Cecarelli Trio with Bireli Lagrene

May 2006    Drum Beat    By Bill Milkowski

Avenue Des Diables Blues
Andre Cecarelli Trio with Bireli Lagrene

December 2005    Fused    By Ron Wynn

Gospel for J.F.P. III:Tribute to Jaco Pastorius
Various Artists

December 2005    Fused    By Ron Wynn

Gospel for J.F.P. III:Tribute to Jaco Pastorius
Various Artists

November 2005    Fused    By Ron Wynn

Fusion for Miles: A Guitar Tribute
Various Artists

November 2005    Fused    By Ron Wynn

Fusion for Miles: A Guitar Tribute
Various Artists

May 2005    Guitartistry    By David R. Adler

Move
Bireli Lagrene Gipsy Project

May 2005    Guitartistry    By David R. Adler

Move
Bireli Lagrene Gipsy Project

March 2005    Features    By Bill Milkowski

Bireli Lagrene: Return to Django

March 2004    Fusion    By Stuart Nicholson

Front Page
Dennis Chambers/Bireli Lagrene/Dominique di Piazza

January/February 2003    Guitartistry    By Jim Ferguson

Gipsy Project and Friends
Biréli Lagrène

July/August 2002    Albums    By Bill Milkowski

Gypsy Project
Bireli Lagrene

July/August 2000    Albums    By Bill Milkowski

Duet
Sylvain Luc/Bireli Lagrene

May 1999    Albums    By Bill Bennett

Bireli Lagrene
Bireli Lagrene

October 1998    Albums    By Bill Milkowski

Blue Eyes
Bireli Lagrene

Albums

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Bireli Lagrene

Jazzpoint
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Blue Eyes

Dreyfus Records

Blue Eyes

Dreyfus Records
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Gypsy Project

Dreyfus Records
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Gipsy Project and Friends

Dreyfus Records
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Move

Dreyfus Records
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Avenue Des Diables Blues

Dreyfus Records
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Fusion for Miles: A Guitar Tribute

Tone Center
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Gospel for J.F.P. III:Tribute to Jaco Pastorius

MoonJune Records
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Front Page

Sunnyside
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Just the Way You Are

Dreyfus Records
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Duet

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Djangology/To Bi or Not To Bi

Dreyfus Jazz
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Electric Side

Dreyfus Records
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