Pierre Bensusan Vividly
- Released: November 22, 2010
- Originally Released: 2010
- Label: Favored Nations
- 1.Veilleuse [For Reine Bensusan. Lucette Benita]
- 2.Chien Qui Tourne [For Garlic]
- 3.Kiss Landing [For Tom Kearney]
- 4.The In-Between
- 5.Dadgad Cafe [For Chet Baker]
- 6.Java du Concessionnaire, La
- 7.Astres & Gnomes
- 8.Pas Sage
- 9.Pirogue [For Hermeto Pasquoal]
- 10.Par un Beau Soir de Dimanche [For Doatea] - (live)
- 11.Mille Pattes
- 12.Blanche Biche, La
- 13.Coup dans l'Eau
- 14.Places de Liberte, Les
Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes
Personnel: Pierre Bensusan (vocals, acoustic guitar).
Audio Mixer: Rich Breen .
Liner Note Author: Balthazar Forcalquier.
Recording information: Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA (10/24/2002); Studio Du Chien Qui Tourne, Chƒteau-Thierry, France (10/24/2002); Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA (12/2009-09/2010); Studio Du Chien Qui Tourne, Chƒteau-Thierry, France (12/2009-09/2010).
Photographer: Th‚ophile Bensusan.
It would be easy to suppose that more than one guitarist is at work on many of the tracks on Pierre Bensusan's appropriately named album Vividly. Those two or three string players would have to be unusually intuitive, however, reading each other's minds in real time. Bensusan is sometimes playing three separate parts in a couple of different time signatures. In fact, it's amazing he never gets his fingers tangled. The effect is a textured guitar sound, as Bensusan interweaves the different sections, quickening and slowing, playing complexly and then simply. By varying the dynamics and the time, he is consistently surprising, yet always satisfying. As if that weren't enough, he also sings on every other track, usually in French, though "The In-Between" is a love song rendered in lightly accented English. After working alone for most of the disc, he adds a band and other singers for the closer, "Les Places de Libert‚," making for the liveliest moment on what has already been a vivid collection. ~ William Ruhlmann
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