Birelli Lagrene (1966 –
Birelli Lagrene is a French guitarist and bassist. He first became famous in the 1980s for his Django Reinhardt influenced style of guitar playing. Birelli is also known for playing fusion jazz and post bebop style jazz on the guitar.
Florin Niculescu (1967 –
Florin Niculescu is a Romanian gypsy violinist. He is one of the top jazz violinists and is comfortable playing gypsy jazz as well as modern jazz. Some people have called him the successor to the great French jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli.
In 2001 Niculescu joined Birelli Lagrene and his “Gypsy Project” which takes its inspiration from Django Reinhardt and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France.
Here is a recording of several jazz standards played by Birelli Lagrene and his “Gypsy Project” in 2001. The musicians are Birelli Lagrene (solo guitar), Florin Niculescu (violin), Rhythm guitars – Hono Winterstein and Holzmano Lagrène, Diego Imbert (double bass), and Richard Galliano (accordion). I hope you enjoy it.