Thursday, August 4, 2016

Django Gipsy: Biréli Lagrène and "Coquette"

The random song for today is by Biréli Lagrène and is called Coquette. Biréli Lagrène is a French guitarist and bassist born into a traditional Manouche-Romani (Gypsy) family. He is known for his Django Reinhardt style of jazz guitar and for virtuosity in jazz fusion on the electric guitar. He was considered a child prodigy when at 8 he could play the entire Django Reinhardt repertoire. After winning first place in a Romani music festival at 12, he was given the opportunity to tour Germany, out of which was recorded an LP. In the 1980s, he was offered the opportunity to go to the United States, where he met such musical luminaries as Stéphane Grappelli, Benny Goodman and Benny Carter. Coquette is in the style of more traditional jazz guitar, and can be found on his album Gipsy Project (2001).