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Pierre Bensusan: Spices [Digipak]

Track List

>Mille Vallées [Thousand Valleys]
>Femme Cambrée [The Arched Back Woman], La
>Bateau Fiction [The Imaginary Boat], Le
>Presqu'île [Peninsula]
>Cour Intérieure [The Courtyard], La
>Last Pint, The
>Voiles Catalanes [The Catalan Sails], Les
>Four A.M. [Quatre Heures du Matin]

Album Notes

Personnel includes: Pierre Bensusan (vocals, electric & electro-acoustic guitars).

Personnel: Pierre Bensusan (vocals, electric guitar); Georges Al Safi (violin); Didier Malherbe (flute, bamboo flute, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Emmanuel Binet (electric bass, fretless bass); Denis Benarrosh (congas, bongos, darabukka, timbales, percussion).

Audio Mixer: Bruno Menny.

Recording information: Mastersound Astoria, NY (1987); Studio Cardinet, Paris (1987); Studio Ramsès, Paris (1987).

Photographers: Jacky Lepage; Pierre Bensusan.

Guitarist Pierre Bensusan's fifth album on the Dadgad label continued his expansion into brisker, more adventurous music. While there were still laid-back, impressionistic and light songs, Bensusan played with more intensity, stretching out on guitar and going beyond restating the melody and adding teasing, nimble voicings. On "Presqu'ile," "Les Voiles Catalanes" and "Montsegur," his riffs had bite and edge. Where most of his other albums were almost totally atmospheric, with rhythm either implied or almost missing, this CD had a pronounced Afro-Latin and African tinge at times, due to percussionist Denis Benharrosh. This was Bensusan's most effective and complete album among the five available on Rounder. ~ Ron Wynn


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