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Pierre Bensusan: Intuite: Complete Works 1975-2010

Track List

>Welsh Arrow, The
>So Long Michael
>Bourrée Voltige
>Jardin d'Adonis, Le
>Hora Española, La
>Alchimiste, L'
>En Route from Scarborough
>Silent Passenger

Album Notes

Solo performer: Pierre Bensusan (acoustic guitar).

Producers include: Pierre Bensusan, Steve Rodby, Doatea Bensusan.

Engineers include: Pierre Bensusan, Jamie Rosenberg.

Recorded at Chien Qui Tourne Studios, France between January and May 2000. Includes liner notes by Anil Prasad.

Audio Mixer: Rich Breen .

Liner Note Author: Anil Prasad.

Recording information: Studio Du Chien Qui Tourne, France (01/2000-05/2000).

Photographer: Judy Walgren.

For his first all-solo, all-instrumental, all-acoustic album, French fingerstyle guitar virtuoso Pierre Bensusan found himself signed to Favored Nations, a label owned by rock & roll stunt guitarist Steve Vai. It may not be an obvious pairing, but Vai has long been a fan of Bensusan's elegant and pancultural approach to the guitar, and with Intuite he offers Bensusan a warm, resonant ambience in which to stretch out. As you might expect, the compositions refer to any number of guitar traditions -- "Kadourimdou" nods to the blues before veering off into samba rhythms and a wholly unique combination of folk and jazz inflections; "En Route From Scarborough" (dedicated to fellow fingerstyle guitar hero John Renbourn) inverts the melody to "Scarborough Fair" and explores a whole new world of variations on that familiar theme; the sweet and melancholy "So Long Michael" (dedicated to the late Michael Hedges) comes from no single tradition in particular, but is a gentle soul cry inspired by the untimely death of a genius. Like most of Bensusan's work, this album can function as background music, but it would be a shame not to pay attention to the wit of his ideas and the grace of his playing. ~ Rick Anderson


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