2007 CD release.
On this release, Bireli Lagrene proves again why peers, critics and fans consider him to be the world's most versatile jazz guitarist. Just The Way You Are, teams Lagrene for the fourth time with his world-renowned Gipsy Project band to create a stunning fusion of musical styles encompassing jazz fusion and contemporary jazz guitar, the Gypsy swing style created by Django Reinhardt and other musical influences ranging from rock, pop and country.
Utilizing material from Elvis Presley, George Benson, Billy Joel and a variety of jazz and swing standards, Lagrene forges a unique, compellingly individual sound on both electric and acoustic guitar that effortlessly crosses musical boundaries. Backed by such brilliant supporting musicians as Hono Winterstein on rhythm guitar, Diego Imbert on double bass and Andre Ceccarelli on drums, Lagrene trades solos with saxophone virtuoso Franck Wolf and pianist Roberto Jermaine Landsberger in a daring and unpredictable musical style that defies easy categorization. Never sounding forced or out of place, Lagrene's mastery of multiple jazz guitar styles has propelled his to the forefront of the international jazz scene.
On Just the Way You Are, Lagrene shows again that he is a master of all guitar styles and a slave to none. From the Gypsy jazz-inspired lilt of Lolita and Lune De Miel to the classic vocal stylings of "All of Me," Bireli Lagrene has crafted a modern masterpiece in jazz that will appeal to audiences around the world.
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