Spiritual son of Django Reinhardt and Jaco Pastorius, Biréli Lagrène occupies a unique place in the world of the guitar. Twenty years later, the worldwide success of the Gipsy Project has revealed to the greatest number of people its profound acquaintances with Django’s art, which the current “Gipsy Quartet” continues to extend in a renewed way, in the company of saxophonist Franck Wolf.
All those who know him also know Biréli’s attachment to the nobility of the strings rubbed. He also had the rare privilege of dialoguing with two of the inventors of the jazz violin. Stéphane Grappelli yesterday, Jean-Luc Ponty today, in a trio that spans the ocean to spread the woody vibration, maintained by Kyle Eastwood’s double bass.
We save the best for last! With Mino Cinélu, former partner of Miles Davis and member of Weather Report, and Larry Grenadier, travelling companion of Brad Mehldau and Pat Metheny, Biréli has just formed a trio that will make a mark. Between Lagrène’s acoustic guitar, subtly mixed with electro, Mino’s telepathic percussions and Larry’s groove engraved in marble, the communion is at its height.