Duet

Duet

by Biréli Lagrène

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Duet

These acoustic guitar duets between Sylvain Luc and the renowned virtuoso Bireli Lagrene finds much common ground to share. From Django Reinhardt gypsyology to bop and pop themes, these two share a beautiful empathy. Of the 13 tracks, you hear the steady stream of swing on "Stompin' at the Savoy," the bopping unison lines of Reinhardt's "Douce Ambiance," and a classic, delicate take on Wes Montgomery's "Road Song." Popping, percussive guitar taps buoy the samba "Estate." "La Ballade Irlandaise" is in a nice 3/4 tempo, while a more chordal approach electrifies the most impressive cut of the date "Les Amoureux Des Bancs Publics," with the two switching melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic roles back & forth. Their most introspective number "Syracuse" exudes deep shades of purple, and Lagrene's 6/8 original "Made in France" is ultimately quick & bright, while "Zurezat" is a simple love-strewn, delicate waltz. There's also a funky take of Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" and Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely," and the dynamic phase or time shifting rendition of Lennon & McCartney's "Blackbird." The closer is a guitar/electric bass guitar duo, a loping snippet of a melody on Michel Petrucciani's "Looking Up." There are no planets crashing or oceans roaring, but instead an airy, light, unhurried tranquility is extant through this consistent date, a worthy addition to the jazz guitar continuum.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/17/2009
Label: Imports
UPC: 3460503660427
catalogNumber: 903196
Rank: 44345

Tracks

  1. Time After Time
  2. Douce Ambiance
  3. Estate
  4. Made In France
  5. La Ballade Irlandaise
  6. Isn't She Lovely
  7. Road Song
  8. Zurexat
  9. Stompin' At The Savoy
  10. Les Amoureux Des Bancs
  11. Blackbird
  12. Syracuse
  13. Looking Up

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