Just The Way You Are

Just The Way You Are

by Biréli Lagrène



Guitarist Bireli Lagrene has long built upon the tradition that began with the Gypsy swing of the Quintet of the Hot Club of France with virtuoso guitarist Django Reinhardt. On this outing, Lagrene continues in the tradition while changing the instrumentation, incorporating drums, sax, and occasionally piano, but he also expands the repertoire to include modern songs written after Django's death. "After You've Gone" and "I'll See You in My Dreams" all fit like a comfortable pair of well-worn shoes, while Lagrene adds a friendly vocal to "All of Me" and digs up an old Reinhardt original ("Feerie") that gives the leader a chance to show off his chops. Lagrene also arranged several strong originals written by his musicians. His swinging treatment of George Benson's "Before You Go" features tenorist Franck Wolf in a breezy arrangement, while Lagrene switches to electric guitar for a laid-back setting of "Flamingo." Even Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender" is successfully transformed into swing, though Lagrene's loungy "Tim and Zoe" features electric guitar and synthesizer in the style of George Benson's crossover recordings, a total misfit at the end of an otherwise flawless CD.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/01/2007
Label: Sony Bmg Europe
UPC: 3460503690820
catalogNumber: 503690

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Biréli Lagrène   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
André Ceccarelli   Drums
Diego Imbert   Double Bass

Technical Credits

Billy Joel   Composer
Elvis Presley   Composer
Biréli Lagrène   Arranger
Django Reinhardt   Composer
Armando Manzanero   Composer
Rene Ameline   Engineer
Edmund Anderson   Composer
Henry Creamer   Composer
Francis Dreyfus   Producer
Isham Jones   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Turner Layton   Composer
Christian Pegand   Producer
Gerald Marks   Composer
Vera Matson   Composer
Sid Wayne   Composer
Diego Imbert   Composer
Franck Wolf   Composer
Hono Winterstein   Composer

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