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Pierre Bensusan

Spices

Pierre Bensusan's 1988 release on the prestigious US label, CBS Masterworks, which reached the US Jazz Charts, is his first album featuring the Pierre Bensusan Ensemble. Spices showcases Pierre's fluid orchestral sound and amazing technique, and combines gorgeous guitar solos with vivid ensemble pieces. The tunes range from light swinging Jazz to Latin, from Baroque to Middle Eastern, Funk and Vocal Tracks. Taste the Spices of Pierre Bensusan, a rich blend of melodies and moods, as original as it is irresistable.

"You’d want to be mad to miss this man, he is one of those rare performers who, once heard, immediately becomes an essential part of the fabric of your musical life."
The Evening Press (Ireland)

"His music has a restless spirit of constant creativity that holds you securely in its grip until it’s told you everything it had to say, and along the way, it gives you an intoxicating, enchanting dazzling draught of harmonic colours to drink. You are then full."
The Arizona Daily Star (USA)

PERSONNEL:
Pierre Bensusan: electro-acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vocals
Denis Benharrosh: percussion, congas, bongos, darabuka, udu, timbales
Emmanuel Binet: electric bass, fretless bass
Didier Malherbe: soprano & tenor saxophone sax, bamboo flute
Franck Sitbon: piano, keyboards
Mico Nissim: piano, keyboards
Georges Al Safi: violon
Doatea Bensusan: vocals
Shandy Sinnamon: vocals

TRACKS:
1 MILLE VALLEES (Thousand valleys) 4.42
2 LA FEMME CAMBREE (The arched back woman) 2.55
3 AGADIRAMADAN 5.44
4 LE BATEAU FICTION (The imaginary boat) 5.54
5 ALIMATOU 1.52
6 PRESQU’ILE (Peninsula) 7.39
7 LA COUR INTERIEURE (The courtyard) 4.21
8 THE LAST PINT 2.34
9 LES VOILES CATALANES (The catalan sails) 6.48
10 MONTSEGUR 6.42
12 FOUR A.M. (Quatre heures du matin) 4.41

Total time: 55.00

Recorded in 1987
Produced by Pierre & Doatea Bensusan
Ref. DM-1005
Official re-release date: January 11, 2010

Distribution France: Rue Stendhal
Distribution UK & Ireland: Discovery
Distribution Italy: IRD
Distribution Benelux: Music & Words
Distribution Germany & Austria: Sunny Moon

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