Pierre Bens usan
Encore – 40 Years Of An Open Mind
Over the past 40 years Pierre Bensusan has taken his music all over the world, notching up more than 3,000 gigs and captivating audiences everywhere. To celebrate this remarkable anniversary we are treated to a triple CD of live performances taken from some of the concerts performed between 1974 and 2013. This French-Algerian fingerstylist is one of the foremost exponents of DADGAD tuning and listening to this you can understand his appeal and mastery of this system. His music is fluid, technical and beautiful and there’s always an element of surprise during the concerts, be it a guest star, introduction of unusual sounds or just the sheer magic he creates. There’s 35 tracks in all and it’s an eclectic mixture too. Some of the longer pieces are particularly pleasing, like a 1998 performance of Anthem For The Ocean, which also features Jordan Rudress (Dream Theater) on keyboards. Pierre occasionally scat sings along and this adds yet another element. Perhaps what is most impressive though is the continuity in sound when you consider how many different venues are involved, as well as the significant time span. All in all, it’s totally brilliant.