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Jesse Cook – One World

Sept. 13, 2015

Jesse Cook is one of the best and most renowned Nuevo Flamenco and Rumba guitarists around, and it’s mainly because his rich and melodic blends of World, new age, Latin, and jazz influences are unsurpassed in terms of bringing one’s very sJesse Cook CDpirit to life through his pristine and meticulous voicings, choruses, verses, and his overall insight into the mysteries of music.

Here on his fantastic new release entitled One World (the motivation for that title, as you listen, will become most evident), he again travels the world via his guitar caresses and electric touch, while also displaying his keyboard, drums, and synth programming skills. In addition, he also again employs some fine musicians who offer their proficiency on some of the world’s most exotic instruments (Armenian duduk, djembes, zabumba, guira, palmas, sitar, violins and violas, and even shouts and bottles). The album is an absolute cornucopia of aural pleasantries and melody.

There are so many that I consider my faves here. In fact, from the rousing lead track “Shake” to the tender and elegantly beautiful finale “Breath,” there is not a single unpleasant track on the album, in my opinion. This is truly a music lover’s album, especially if you enjoy the beckoning sounds of Latin, jazz, and World music. There’s even a heavy presence of some rock-like power chords found in “Tommy and Me.” Love it.

The Paris-born, Toronto-raised Cook’s mastery of this music dates back many years to 1995 when he released his debut album Tempest. Since then, he has truly established himself as an icon in this subgenre with his powerful musical expressions. One World takes you wherever your curious and exotic dreams wish you to go. If you are new to Cook’s music, let this project introduce you to the man who continues to conjure up musical magic album after album. – Ronald Jackson