by Dan Cohen
Seeing Guitarist Pierre Bensusan play at the Turning Point on Sept 22 turned out to be somewhat of a religious experience for me. Well, actually, a substitute for a religious experience because he performed the same night as Kol Nidre, the beginning of Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year.
He’s an unassuming presence, longish black hair turning salt and peppery and a lean, wise, quintessentially Gallic face, a certain world-weariness betrayed by the twinkle in his eye. As I left I felt all of a sudden that I’d been to temple after all. My own sort of temple, and by the end of the service I felt purified, cleansed, and ready for the new year.