Pierre Bens usan

Encore – 40 Years Of An Open Mind

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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.

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