Jesse Cook
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Tempest (Narada, 1995) ***
Gravity (Narada, 1996) **
Vertigo (Narada, 1998) *
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Jesse Cook (born in Paris to Canadian parents) si rivelo` con Tempest (Narada, 1995) uno degli interpreti più creativi del flamenco. Cook, veterano della televisione e del cinema, aggredisce le corde della chitarra con uno spirito quasi punk, con un violento staccato, con fratture ritmiche quasi nevrotiche, con pirotecnica inebriante. La rumba della title-track trabocca di energia, Breeze From Saintes Maries trasuda di epos zingaresco, Parasol indulge in estasi di spiagge caraibiche. Cook non si vergogna neppure di aggiungere un velo di hip-hop a Orbit e una forte dose di cajun a Jumpstart. Messi da parte i marchingegni elettronici, Cook dà anche un saggio di virtuosismo vertiginoso con la Dance Of Spring. Capolavoro della sua inarrestabile vitalità è la tumultuosa carica futurista di Baghdad.

Gravity (Narada, 1996) was a more sophisticated effort. The energy of the debut is tamed into the melodic grace of Brio, Mario Takes A Walk, Rapture and Gravity, while the slow, romantic tracks aimed for a more abstract art amid ethnic evocations (Falling From Grace, Closer to Madness)

Vertigo(Narada, 1998) confirmed his status as the heir of Ottmar Liebert but proved his limits as composer. The album's title well applies to swirling frenzy of That's Right, back by an accordion, but only partially to Rattle And Burn and Avocado. Most songs aimed for the mix of melody and mood (Cancion Triste) that borders on easy-listening.

Moving towards a broader form of world-music, Frontiers (2007) contains the hit Cafe Mocha and Matisse the Cat. Guest vocalists embellish the non-instrumental pieces. The Rumba Foundation (E1, 2009) wsa recorded with a cumbia group from Colombia and yielded another hit, Bogota By Bus.

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