Pierre Bensusan takes a place among history's guitar icons.
Erik Kingston | Boise, ID USA | 08/31/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I own every album this guy has recorded. His music was a regular addition to the morning folk/jazz/new acoustic program I used to DJ in Salt Lake City, and I would encourage everyone to experience his brilliance.As a guitarist, I am in awe of Pierre's dynamic phrasing and approach to the instrument; his original and very personal technique is as important to the guitar universe as any player in this century. As a listener, I'm struck by the richness of Pierre's compositions, each containing traces of that French-thing (Je ne sais quoi?), his North African heritage, as well as jazz, tango and more ancient music forms. The vocals on his numerous albums are powerful and haunting.This guy is a wizard with the guitar and puts on one of the best performances I've ever seen. It's like there's no boundary between the man and the instrument. Check out this album and my other all-time favorites, Solilai and Pierre Bensusan 2.You won't be disappointed."
Robert Lunte | Seattle, WA USA | 07/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Pure perfection! It simply is, one of the greatest finger-style, guitar albums ever.You cant go wrong, and it cant be matched in chops, writing and passion.Bensusan, is considered one of the greatest guitarists in the world so you will get an earfull of great acoustic guitar picking....he also vocalizes over some tunes occassionally (80% instrumental 20% w/vocals), typically folksy lament in French or pure abstract scatisms....now imagine a Frenchman scatting over solo guitar with a celtic flavor, at the highest degree of beauty and technique.......Considered a leader in Celtic interpretations as well, playing exclusively in the DADGAD tuning......you have Bensusan."
anonymous123 | 06/25/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I think this is one of PB's weakest albums, but obviously other reviewers don't agree with me (and the fact that 2 of my favorites, Epices and Wu Wei, are out of print indicates that I do not hold a mainstream opinion). Forget likening PB's music to "impressionism" as some have done recently in print -- the clarity, immediacy, range, and pure soul in his music far transcend impressionism. If we're going to pick an analogous art movement, try Luminism! One more plug: see this man in concert if you can. He and his tiny band (including the marvelous Didier Malherbe on woodwinds) played many years ago in an old church in Knoxville TN and jazzed every atom of dust off the rafters."