Sunday, May 14, 2017

Biréli Lagrène - Gypsy Project

With Gypsy Project, Biréli Lagrène returns triumphantly to the acoustic, Django Reinhardt-influenced sound that first won him accolades as a teen prodigy in the early '80s. Joined by Holzmano Lagrene and Hono Winterstein on rhythm guitars, Diego Imbert on double bass, and the Romanian virtuoso Florin Niculescu on violin, an older and wiser Lagrène leaps acrobatically through a propulsive set of Reinhardt originals and Reinhardt-associated vehicles. He may sound quite a bit like Django (just as he did at age 13), but he manages to imbue the session with his own brand of flash and interpretive finesse. Highlights include "Belleville," "Swing 42," and a searing guitar/violin duo on "Limehouse Blues," as well as long and short versions of "Daphné," both featuring superb accordion work from Richard Galliano. The takes are short and sweet (generally under three minutes), and the arrangements can be a bit repetitive — hear one snappy double-time transition and you've heard them all, it could be argued. However, Lagrène and his companions vary the menu with mournful French songs like "Si tu savais" and "Vous et Mmoi," as well as Charles Trenet's ballad "La Mer" (better known to Americans as "Beyond the Sea," made famous by Bobby Darin).
David R. Adler

Source :

Biréli Lagrène
Gypsy Project


1 Blues Clair (Reinhardt)  2:43
2 Coquette (Green, Kahn, Lombardo)  2:06
3 Si tu savais (Antoni, Salvet, Ulmer)  3:38
4 Belleville (Reinhardt)  2:37
5 Daphné [version longue] (Reinhardt)  2:59
6 Je suis seul ce soir (Casanova, Rose, Vaudricourt)  5:11
7 Swing 42 (Reinhardt)  2:12
8 Embraceable You (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:27
9 Vous et moi (Bosmans, Lefebvre)  3:42
10 Festival 48 (Reinhardt)  2:55
11 Viper's Dream (Allen)  2:45
12 What is This Thing Called Love ? (Porter)  1:59
13 La Mer (Trenet)  3:33
14 Limehouse Blues (Braham, Furber)  1:52
15 Daphné [version courte] (Reinhardt)  2:25


Biréli Lagène - g
Holzmano Lagrène - g
Hono Winterstein - g
Diego Imbert - b
Florin Niculescu - vl
Richard Galliano - acc

Recorded at Studio Ferber, Paris ; May 14-16 & 21, 2001


ita diegues said...

I've been told this is a very nice sound of Bireli. Now I will check it out.
Thank you once again.

swamielmo said...

wow , this is great and richard galliano too. thank you

Philo said...

A modern recording, but it has that classic gypsy swing feel.

Very nice!

Adrian said...

Both Gypsy Project links are dead...

Melanchthon said...

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks a lot Mel.

francisco santos said...

good thing re post the old it more...

Anonymous said...

With this you turned a miserable corporate rat into a happy human, thank you MM!

deGallo said...

Thank you.

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you Mel!