Pierre Bensusan

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French guitarist, born 30 October 1957 in Oran, Algeria. As Sephardic Jews, his family came from Spain, Spanish Morocco, and French Algeria. He moved to Paris with his family when he was four years old. He studied piano and classical music at the age of seven. Four years later, he began to teach himself guitar after his father had bought him a steel string acoustic guitar and a classmate taught him "a few chords". At seventeen, he signed a contract for his debut album, Près de Paris, which won the Grand Prix du Disque at the Montreux Festival.

His influences include Big Bill Broonzy, Larry Carlton, Martin Carthy, Ry Cooder, Joan Baez, Reverend Gary Davis, Davey Graham, Jimi Hendrix, Mississippi John Hurt, Bert Jansch, Nic Jones, Paco de Lucía, John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny, Wes Montgomery, John Renbourn, Django Reinhardt, Ralph Towner, and Doc Watson.

Bensusan uses DADGAD tuning system and electronics, such as delays, distortion, and volume pedals. He has stated that he became interested in playing in DADGAD because of its "mystical" and "romantic" quality which made him feel like he had gone back to the 16th or 17th century.

He includes scat-singing in his compositions, both composed and improvised. He has collaborated extensively with saxophonist Didier Malherbe. He performed the song "ELM" for the Cowboy Bebop soundtrack Cowboy Bebop No Disc for Yoko Kanno.

In 2006, Bensusan contributed his song "Falafel a Montsegur" to the album Artists for Charity – Guitarists 4 the Kids, produced by Slang Productions, to assist World Vision Canada in helping underprivileged children.

His music has been characterized as Celtic, folk, world music, New-age, and chamber jazz. He has published three books of music and tablature.
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Albums

CEZ 1004 Près De Paris — Pierre Bensusan Pierre Bensusan Près De Paris (Album) Cezame, Cezame CEZ 1004 France 1975 Sell This Version
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B 60001 2 — Pierre Bensusan Pierre Bensusan 2 (Album) Cezame B 60001 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
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CEZ 1041 Banjo Paris Session Volume 2: Le Bluegrass — Pierre Bensusan Jim Rooney, Jean-Marie Redon (2), Christian Séguret, Jean-Marc Andrès, Pierre Bensusan, Mike Lilly, Wendy Miller, Jean-Claude Druot, Bill Keith Jim Rooney, Jean-Marie Redon (2), Christian Séguret, Jean-Marc Andrès, Pierre Bensusan, Mike Lilly, Wendy Miller, Jean-Claude Druot, Bill Keith - Banjo Paris Session Volume 2: Le Bluegrass(LP, Album) Cezame CEZ 1041 France 1977 Sell This Version
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3038 Musiques — Pierre Bensusan Pierre Bensusan Musiques (Album) Cezame 3038 US 1979 Sell This Version
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SF 8009 Solilaï — Pierre Bensusan Pierre Bensusan Solilaï (Album) Stockfisch Records SF 8009 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
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BMK 42665, MK 42665 Spices — Pierre Bensusan Pierre Bensusan Spices (Album) CBS BMK 42665, MK 42665 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
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CMA 942 Wu Wei — Pierre Bensusan Pierre Bensusan Wu Wei (Album) Rounder Records CMA 942 France 1994 Sell This Version
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176652 Live Au New Morning — Pierre Bensusan Bensusan* & Malherbe* Bensusan* & Malherbe* - Live Au New Morning (Album) XIII BIS Records 176652 France 1997 Sell This Version
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FN2130-2 Intuite  — Pierre Bensusan Pierre Bensusan Intuite (Album) Favored Nations Entertainment FN2130-2 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
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FNA5080-2 International Guitar Night — Pierre Bensusan Pierre Bensusan, Andrew York, Guinga, Brian Gore Pierre Bensusan, Andrew York, Guinga, Brian Gore - International Guitar Night(CD, Album) Favored Nations Entertainment FNA5080-2 US 2004 Sell This Version
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VICP-63093 Altiplanos — Pierre Bensusan Pierre Bensusan Altiplanos (Album) Favored Nations VICP-63093 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
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FN2690-2 Vividly — Pierre Bensusan Pierre Bensusan Vividly (Album) Favored Nations Entertainment, Favored Nations Acoustic FN2690-2 US 2010 Sell This Version
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GA/VOL24 Acoustic Guitarist — Pierre Bensusan Pierre Bensusan Acoustic Guitarist(CD, Album) Not On Label GA/VOL24 France 2010 Sell This Version
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DM 1013 Encore. Live — Pierre Bensusan Pierre Bensusan Encore. Live (Album) Dadgad Music France DM 1013 France 2013 Sell This Version
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DM 1014 Azwan — Pierre Bensusan Pierre Bensusan Azwan (Album) MVD Audio DM 1014 France 2020 Sell This Version
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Compilations

DD-22009/10 Banjo Paris Session — Pierre Bensusan Wendy Miller, Jean-Marie Redon (2), Jean-Marc Andrès, Christian Séguret, Pierre Bensusan, Mike Lilly, Jim Rooney, Jean-Claude Druot, Bill Keith Wendy Miller, Jean-Marie Redon (2), Jean-Marc Andrès, Christian Séguret, Pierre Bensusan, Mike Lilly, Jim Rooney, Jean-Claude Druot, Bill Keith - Banjo Paris Session(2xLP, Album, Comp, Gat) Guimbarda DD-22009/10 Spain 1979 Sell This Version
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L25P-1172 Pierre Bensusan "Compilations" (Album, Comp) Le Chant Du Monde L25P-1172 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
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LL-0088 Early Pierre Bensusan — Pierre Bensusan Pierre Bensusan Early Pierre Bensusan (Comp) Lost Lake Arts LL-0088 US 1986 Sell This Version
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DADGAD CD 1 Près De Paris / PB2 — Pierre Bensusan Pierre Bensusan Près De Paris / PB2(CD, Comp) Dadgad Records DADGAD CD 1 UK 1992 Sell This Version
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DADGAD CD2 Pierre Bensusan Musiques / Solilaï(CD, Comp) Dadgad Music France DADGAD CD2 France 1992 Sell This Version
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8449762 Nice Feeling — Pierre Bensusan Pierre Bensusan Nice Feeling (Comp, Album) Zebra Acoustic 8449762 France 1997 Sell This Version
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319.1040.2 Bamboulé — Pierre Bensusan Pierre Bensusan Bamboulé(CD, Album, Comp) Acoustic Music Records 319.1040.2 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
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Dagdad Music DM2002 Anthology — Pierre Bensusan Pierre Bensusan Anthology(CD, Album, Comp) Favored Nations Dagdad Music DM2002 UK 2002 Sell This Version
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DM 1010 A La Carte — Pierre Bensusan Pierre Bensusan A La Carte(CD, Comp) Dadgad Music France DM 1010 France 2009 Sell This Version
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Miscellaneous

none Encore — Pierre Bensusan Pierre Bensusan Encore(CDr, Promo, Smplr) Dadgad Music France none France 2013 Sell This Version

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kaxa

kaxa

January 31, 2019
Brilliant artist with heartwarming, heartful music. Wish him the best success and more new compositions for us.

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