Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Bireli Lagrene Gipsy Project Live in Paris|
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
A full Bireli Lagrene concert, beautifully recorded and filmed at the New Morning in Paris during the 2004-2005 Gipsy Project World Tour. This is a stunning document of the world famous Lagrene, considered by many to be th... more »
Beyond any 5 stars. This guy is coimmunicating with Aliens!
herb | somewhere hopefully | 02/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This beats his last official release, which is hard to believe. This is so stunning that it almost too difficult to articulate. This guy just diminishes almost every other guitar player. Superb production values, camera work, sound. Anyone savy enough to be looking into this guy doesnt need my help in making this decision. Thank you Birelli and Christian for bringing these interstellar transcripts to us."
Astonishing Talent !
peterfromkanata | Kanata, Ontario Canada | 11/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you like guitar music and, particularly if you play guitar, prepare to be amazed. I'm not going to get into one of those "world's greatest guitar player" discussions because there are so many different styles of music. At the same time, if there is a better guitarist anywhere on the planet today than Mr. Lagrene, I would be very surprised.
This terrific concert was recorded in Paris in 2004. It features Bireli Lagrene on lead guitar and (on one highlight number) bass, Franck Wolf on saxophone, Hono Winterstein on rhythm guitar and Diego Imbert on double bass. As soon as Mr. Lagrene begins the first number, it is obvious who inspired him to play his instrument--the incomparable legend of jazz guitar, Django Reinhardt. Several of the selections in this concert are a direct tribute to Django--"Nuages", "Minor Swing" and "Clair De Lune".
Mr. Lagrene plays most of these tunes on acoustic guitar, though he switches to electric occasionally. While he is a virtuoso in every sense of the word, he also gives the other musicians in the quartet a chance to shine, especially saxophonist, Franck Wolf. There is also a bonus discography and a documentary on Mr. Lagrene and his "Gipsy Project. Sound and picture quality are excellent.
I should mention that Side 1 of the DVD is in the PAL format--Side 2 in NTSC. So wherever you live, you should be able to play this disc.
When you experience a DVD that really impresses you, it's very easy in a review to go "over the top" with compliments and praise. However, with the artistry of Bireli Lagrene, superlatives are fully justified. For anyone interested in great musicianship, this disc is an essential addition to your collection. Enjoy !"
Hepcat | 05/08/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is an interesting contrast to the Vienne DVD. I find Vienne more musical and organic. This one is flashier. Saxophonist loves the harmonics which makes for a pretty screechy tone throughout. Bireli's playing is solid throughout, though again in contrast to the other DVD, here he seems to be trying to impress with flash and technique rather than beauty and melody. Nice to see the archtop playing as well on this release. I know this review sounds kind of negative, but notice that I am only comparing Bireli to Bireli. It still is head and shoulders above most jazz dvd's.
One thought I had at the conclusion was that the track in which Bireli plays Bass is among the best. I am amazed to see a guy play that well on his SECOND instrument."
Zsolt Vegh | 11/25/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This video just blew me away . I watch it over and over again. Birelli play Gypsy guitar and then a nice L5 and just kills on it. It is very inspiring. He even gets on the bass guitar. The best jazz DVD I own."