Bireli Lagrene & WDR Big Band - Djangology (2005)

Bireli Lagrene & WDR Big Band - Djangology (2005)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 10 Tracks | 1:09:39 | 157 MB
Genre: Jazz | Label: Dreyfus Jazz

The phenomenal guitarist Bireli Lagrene is joined by the WDR Big Band for a concert that is mostly a salute to Django Reinhardt, with a few modern twists added. First of all, Lagrene plays electric guitar. (Reinhardt played some electric guitar late in his career, though he is best known as an acoustic guitarist.) He also adds a vocal to a warm version of "The Shadow of Your Smile" (written over a decade after Reinhardt's death), while the opener, "Place du Tertre," is an explosive bop original by Lagrene that finds him getting a bit too coy cramming in a number of quotes ("Laura," "As Time Goes By," and even "Pop Goes the Weasel"). But Lagrene is at his very best on the numbers associated with Reinhardt. "Anouman" is a neglected gem written by Reinhardt a few years before his death; this version features Lagrene with baritone saxophonist Jens Neufang. The guitarist is on fire in the explosive post-bop setting of "Caravan." Conductor Michael Abene also provided the top-notch arrangements, and the band features a number of fine soloists. (


1. Place du tertre (Biréli Lagrène) 9’16
2. Good life (J. Broussole - J. Deardon / S. Distel) 5’07
3. Djangology (D. Reinhardt) 6’00
4. Impromptu (D. Reinhardt) 8’28
5. The shadow of your smile (P. Webster / J. Mandel) 6’12
6. Blues en mineur (D. Reinhardt) 8’59
7. Anouman (D. Reinhardt) 5’38
8. Fleche d’or (D. Reinhardt) 6’48
9. Caravan (I. Mills / D. Ellington) 6’18
10. All of me (G. Marks - S. Simons) 6’53