Bireli Lagrene: Autumn Leaves


Autumn Leaves


Bireli Lagrene (guitar)


Standards (Blue Note 7802512)

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Bireli Lagrene (guitar), Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (bass),

André Ceccarelli (drums)


Composed by Joseph Kosma and Jacques Prévert


Recorded: Paris, June 1992


Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

Bireli Lagrene was 25 at the time of this recording and already a guitar hero in the fields of fusion and gipsy jazz. Here, he wants to show his ability in another arena, and actually doesn’t let foreign influences interfere with his straight-ahead chops. Still, his choice is definitely high-speed linear virtuosity on the chords of a song whose melody he doesn’t even bother to quote once. Since his partners have no problem following him on this racetrack for quick fingers, the whole thing is rather impressive. But far from the original spirit, unless that autumn breeze was a hurricane.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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