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date: 08 April 2020

Lagrene, Bireli locked

  • Jim Ferguson
  •  and Barry Kernfeld


(b Saverne, France, Sept 4, 1966). French guitarist. He was immersed in the gypsy guitar tradition: his father and a grandfather were guitarists, and he took up the instrument as a young child; by the time he was seven years old he was improvising in a swing style influenced by the work of Django Reinhardt. His first album, Routes to Django (1980), evinced a strong technique and a keen musical awareness and soon brought him recognition. In the following years he appeared at festivals in New York (Kool Jazz Festival) and Europe, toured with John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, and the flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia, per-formed with Benny Carter, Benny Goodman, and Stephane Grappelli, and in 1984 took part with Larry Coryell and Vic Juris in a tribute to Reinhardt in New York. He also toured internationally in a trio with Coryell and Philip Catherine. He played jazz-rock with Jaco Pastorius on a tour of Europe in ...

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