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    Coquette - Bireli Lagrene 2002

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    Coquette, Lagrene Bireli 2002
    Of course my opinion is just subjective, but at least I can say, that I have some experience in listening and appreciating all kinds of jazz. I have heard Django Reinhardt play this tune together with Bill Coleman in 1936. I first heard it being played on a recording by Paul Whiteman from 1928.
    To me this Bireli genius beats every guitarist in today's jazz world. Of course he has been influenced by many of the famous traditional jazz stars, but what has resulted gets to me stronger than all of his previous teachers could do.
    I have LP's of Bireli when he was just a kid in the eighties, but now he is the absolute master!
    The Bireli Lagrene Quartet performs at a jazzfestival in Vienne France in 2002. Next to lead guitarist Bireli we see and hear Romanian violinist Florin Niculesco, Hono Winterstein and Thomas Dutronc on rhythm guitars with bassist Diego Imbert.