Tous mes albums sont à télécharger pour le prix modique de 5 euros.  Vous pouvez payer plus si vous voulez soutenir la production de futurs albums ! Merci !
All my albums are downloadable for the modest sum of 5 euros.  You may pay more if you wish to support future recording projects, it would be much appreciated !

Dark Light (2014 remaster)

Ben J. Gross

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  1. Slippery Slope
  2. Dark Light
  3. Moonhoney
  4. Go Chop Wood
  5. I Need You
  6. Baby Baby Baby
  7. Wildest Dreams
  8. Oh God
  9. Featonby’s Theme

Bonus solo demos from 2014
10. Silver Dagger (traditional) 11. Suzanne (Leonard Cohen) 12. Wayward Horse

recorded in Paziols, Aude, France in 2004 -2005, except the bonus tracks 2014, in Rivesaltes

All songs written and arranged by Ben J. Gross (except where mentioned).

Ben does acoustic guitar, vocals, harmonica, some percussion , keyboards, arrangements.

Many thanks for excellent participation of : Jon Bawn - piano, keyboards Sion Littledyke - electric guitars Cyrille Barre - bass guitar Alain Lebret - banjo, dobro, mandolin Pascal Torta - drums Kieran Pearce - flute Jon Featonby - viola Lee Smith - bass on “I Need You” Julien Chateau - sound engineer (except on the solo demos) photo by Muriel Meyer

©Ben J.Gross 2005, 2014

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Cançons de Quatre Sous - Hommage à Joan Pau Giné

BenQueBufa

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A tribute to catalan troubadour poet Joan Pau Giné. Performed & arranged by Ben J. Gross, a.k.a. "BenQueBufa". Foreword in Catalan :

Ben Gross és un joves músic angles nascut a Londres. Ara fa deu anys es va instal·lar en un poblet de la Catalunya Nord, on venia de vacances amb els pares quan errà un nen. En seguida, va conèixer pintors ja que la pintura és un altre vessant del seu art. Va començar a tocar en les inauguracions amb guitarra i harmònica. Ja tenia experiència tocant en diversos grups de rock underground a Londres. Aixi, va conèixer en Pere Figueres, una de les principals figures de la Nova Cançó al Rosselló. Pere li va donar el sobrenom de “Benquebufa” quan el va veure bufar en el seu instrument. El va integrar en la gira d’homenatge a Joan Pau Giné que van organitzar amb en Gerard Jacquet, un altre cantant famós de Catalunya Nord. Ben Gross va enamorar-se del cant d’en Giné que li va recordar les sonoritats dels seus dos altres ídols, Bob Dylan i Leonard Cohen.

Deu anys més tard, en Ramon Faura va proposar a Ben de tornar als escenaris, en el marc de la 4a Setmana per la Llengua, amb el repertori d’en Giné que havia deixat de banda. S’havia dedicat principalment al seu grup de rock en anglés “The Ghost Office”, ja que no hi havia espai per la musica en la català.

Avui dia, amb el Col.lectiu Joan Pau Giné del qual és un dels primers membres, amb el grup Llamp te Frigui, va tenir la possibilitat de presentar el seu repertori en català de banda i banda dels Pirineus, a Perpinyà, Salses, Girona, Barcelona, Sabadell,... Fins i tot, va integrar en el seu repertori la traducció, en català, de “Blowing in the wind” d’en Bob Dylan.

Presenta el seu primer disc tot en català, “Cançons de quatre sous”, editat a Barcelona i gravat en la seva caseta de Cucugnan, en les muntanyes, a la frontera entre Catalunya i Occitania. Va gravar onze temes d’en Giné, entre els quals hi trobem dos traduccions que va fer a l’anglès i una cançó inèdita en francès. El nostre trobador, Ben Gross, es vesteix de “Benquebufa” per fer revifar, a la seva manera i amb el seu accent anglès tan peculiar, la paraula ben rossellonesa de reivindicació d’en Joan Pau Giné. Giné, com l’Ovidi Montllor, necessitava joves músics i col·lectius per no quedar mai en l’oblit.

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Be Seeing You

Ben J. Gross

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14 fresh folk-rock songs from 2009

all songs written, arranged and performed by Ben J. Gross ©2009

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"Time Of The Signs"

The Riddling Reavers

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The musical and literary union of two childhood friends from London, England, The Riddling Reavers (c.1999-2000) were a studio psychedelic folk outfit occupying a central place in the renaissance of psychedelic folk, and no kidding. The 'Reavers are best known for deploying a harmless arsenal of fourteen genre-defying broadsides and vagabond ballads in their 1999 sonic war against convention and reason, Time of the Signs. Using a production style that can be best described as 'accidental', they haphazardly fashioned an untidy-student-bedroom meisterwerk that perfectly captures the ambienza of two rat-race drop-outs coming up on LSD in a small southern French wine village. Riffing on cheerfully pretentious themes of random, chance, luck, gypsies, tinkers, simpletons, children, fantasy, Macbeth, jesters, adventure, the occult, music, spontaneity, heartbreak, journeys, place, time, signs, and headwear, they nonetheless manage to impregnate their sound with the colour and warmth that is achievable only through genuine, naive joy in musical creation. Woven through the songs, a madcap-don Small-Faces-influenced voiceover harks to hidden worlds of trickster spirits; the sound of the village 'Allo Allo melts into a medieval Cathar Madrigal. Here, the giggling rancour of a surreal situationist party, where Louis Armstrong turns up eyes bulging, tripping, barely holding on; there, Simon and Garfunkel morph into a pair of gentle cockney elves whilst Van Morrison flamenco-doodles in the armchair in the corner and Squarepusher, visiting for the weekend, makes mushroom tea on the woodstove. Here, a town full of metalworkers bang pots in perfect unison, like some romantic fable of socialist harmony; there, touches of sampling, ska and dub pick up on the soundscape of the indigenous teen; and like the twelfth night, assumptions are rendered topsy-turvy; acoustic guitars groan with the weight of all time while basslines scamper around like unhousetrained puppies. The songs are mixed it would sometime seem on the roll of a die, but there is shimmering sunlight flickering on the lapping river surface of this record, magic and loss, mythology and vision. If this is not genius, we don't know what is.

Oli Hudson, a reaver, 2009
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Angles & Demos

Benjamin Gross

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The Rest of Benjamin Gross

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