Bireli Lagrene: All the Things You Are


All the Things You Are


Bireli Lagrene (guitar)


Acoustic Moments (Blue Note CDP 7 92563 2)

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Bireli Lagrene (guitar),

Koono (keyboards), Loic Pontieux (drums), Simon Pomara (percussion)


Composed by Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein


Recorded: Paris, July 1990


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

Bireli Lagrene could easily have been typecast as "that Gypsy guitarist who sounds like Django." After all, he was winning praise and international contests for his Django-like playing before he was even a teenager. But he was an artist who wanted to reach beyond his knowledge. After meeting such jazz greats as Larry Coryell and Jaco Pastorius, he went jazz-fusion. Yet another side of Bireli is heard on the standard "All The Things You Are."

While Lagrene is at home with the total jazz repertoire, his acoustic playing retains an undeniable Gypsy element. On this cut he goes acoustic, but thanks to Koono's electric keyboards the piece has a modern jazz-rock feel. Lagrene's swing and seamless improvising would sound great at the Hot Club or at any other club in any era.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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