Born (like Reinhardt) to a gypsy family, he had been playing guitar since he was four. After a few years and several recordings, Lagrene purposely got away from the Reinhardt influence, playing high-powered rock-oriented fusion and recording with Jaco Pastorius in 1986.
He sounded more original but much less interesting during this period.
The guitarist has since returned to a quieter form of jazz, playing hard bop versions of standards with hints of his earlier interests in Reinhardt and fusion.
Bireli Lagrene has recorded for Antilles, Jazzpoint, Blue Note, and Dreyfus.
Unfortunately, the CD jacket does not tell which guitarist solos when, although chances are that nearly all of the guitar solos are Lagrène's.
A few of the songs were written after Reinhardt's passing, but all of the hard-swinging and passionate music is very much in the tradition of Django's brand of swinging jazz and constantly displays effortless virtuosity.
Amante de la buena música.
Gran Maestro (GM)de ajedrez (ICCF).
Visiting Profesor:Universidad Central de Venezuela.
Premio "Pa Que Bailen los Muchachos", como musicalizador