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Bireli Lagrene

Bireli Lagrene was born on September 4, 1966 in Saverne, Alsace, France. The son of Fiso Lagrene, a popular guitarist in pre-war France, Lagrene displayed a prodigious talent as a very young child. Born into a gypsy community, his origins and his fleet, inventive playing style inevitably generated comparisons with Django Reinhardt. In 1978, he won a prize at a festival at Strasbourg and subsequently made a big impact during a televised gypsy festival. In his early teenage years Lagrene toured extensively playing concerts and festivals across Europe, often accompanied by distinguished jazz artists such as Benny Carter, Benny Goodman, Stéphane Grappelli and Niels- Henning Orsted Pedersen

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Vic Juris: Tension and Release

Read "Vic Juris: Tension and Release" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

This article was first published at All About Jazz on July 28, 2009. Vic Juris is one of the premier jazz guitarists in the business today. Perhaps less known than some of his peers, he is nevertheless admired by all of them and has accumulated, since his emergence on the scene in the 1970s, ...

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019: Week 2

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019: Week 2" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Various Venues Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Montréal, Canada July 2-6, 2019 The festival celebrated its 40th anniversary this year with the usual dazzling array of musical offerings. And a few that were unusual: including concerts celebrating the 50th anniversary of ECM Records (founder Manfred Eicher was awarded the Bruce ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Antonio Faraò, l'eklektiko

Read "Antonio Faraò, l'eklektiko" reviewed by Daniele Vogrig

In alcuni casi la produzione di un disco può rappresentare un momento di svolta nella carriera di un musicista, non solo da un punto di vista musicale ma anche a livello puramente espressivo. Eklektik è l'ultimo album di Antonio Faraò e a buon diritto può essere considerato un sapiente concentrato di fusion, capace di trascendere generi ...

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Django A Gogo 2017 Music Festival

Read "Django A Gogo 2017 Music Festival" reviewed by Peter Jurew

Django A Gogo 2017 Music Festival Carnegie Hall New York, NY March 3, 2017 Stephane Wrembel, the France-born, Berklee-educated guitarist now based in New Jersey, produced the first Django A Gogo festival in 2004 as a single evening to pay homage to Django Reinhardt. Since then, the “Gypsy ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Stanley Clarke/Biréli Lagrene/Jean-Luc Ponty: D-Stringz

Read "D-Stringz" reviewed by James Nadal

As sometimes happens in life, the best experiences are those that come as an unexpected surprise. The formation of the acoustic trio D-Stringz, featuring violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, guitarist Bireli Lagrene, and bassist Stanley Clarke, was almost by accident, as they were all on the same bill back in 2012, in Paris, playing with different ensembles. As ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Trio Sud: Young and Fine

Read "Trio Sud: Young and Fine" reviewed by John Kelman

Trio Sud Young and Fine Dreyfus Jazz2008 It's hard to believe that a guitarist as fine as France's Sylvain Luc has been so overlooked by supposedly comprehensive music sites like All Music Guide--especially with albums like today's Rediscovery, Young and Fine, featuring his Trio Sud group, out in the world. While ...

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Georg Breinschmid: Double Brein

Read "Double Brein" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Georg Breinschmid è uno dei massimi contrabbassisti e compositori austriaci e questo doppio CD è la palpabile raffigurazione della sua tumultuosa vena creativa. Georg si muove con agilità tra musica classica, jazz, musiche popolari e quant'altro, in un caleidoscopio di riferimenti e citazioni che si fondono e sovrappongono. Nato 42 anni fa, dopo aver fatto parte ...

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Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition

Read "Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition" reviewed by Ian Patterson

1st Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music Luslawice/Krakow Poland July 16-19, 2014 He was one of the great jazz virtuosos, right up there some would say with Django Reinhardt, Art Tatum and Charlie Parker. Most frequently, however, he was compared to John ...

Lyte Records: Dancing To Different Beats

Read "Lyte Records: Dancing To Different Beats" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Since its inception in 2007, Lyte Records has earned a reputation as one of the very best labels in Ireland/Northern Ireland for independent jazz artists and creative musicians of various stripes. What started out as a very small, personal concern for Lyte Records founder David Lyttle has grown into something much bigger; international recognition came Lyte ...


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