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If Jesse Cook was an actor instead of a Juno award winning guitarist, he'd be considered a method actor, someone who immerses himself completely in the world of the characters he portrays to deliver authentic performances cloaked in realism. For his eighth album, The Rumba Foundation, which will be released September 29th by E1 Music, the Canadian headed to Colombia equipped with his acoustic guitar, a few song sketches and a wide open mind.
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Jesse Cook is going to get your attention with HEY! / Cashbox Canada
Award-winning and Internationally acclaimed guitarist, composer and producer Jesse Cook has swirled together Spanish guitar and Algerian violin and gumbri into an infectious musical mashup with multi-instrumentalist Fethi Nadjem for "HEY!" - a special single release, available January 10, 2020. "Some people think world music is anthropological field recordings," says Cook of the collaboration. "That's no...
Jesse Cook set for Fayetteville's Walton Arts Center / the free weekly
Jesse Cook is a talented performer whose "masterful, intricate, fluid and melodic finger-picking guitar technique and musicianship" have won him international acclaim and a JUNO Award, the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy. But critic Harriet Kaplan, writing about a November performance in Los Angeles, saw on stage what Cook also demonstrated in a recent interview: "The Canadian artist is not only a vi...
Jesse Cook set for London Music Hall / The London Free Press
Guitarist Jesse Cook sees music as a means to transcend borders and embrace humanity. Cook brings his considerable talents to London Music Hall Friday, presented by TD Sunfest. Cook is an 11-time Juno nominee who won a Juno for best instrumental album for Free Fall in 2001, and is three-time winner of the Canadian Smooth Jazz award for guitarist of the year. "There are many borders in our lives," wr...
Jesse Cook stops by FOX2 - The Nine
The Beyond Borders Tour continues to wind its way through America in 2019, this time visiting the U.S. Midwest. Watch Jesse Cook, perform in Southfield MI's FOX2 - The Nine. The Canadian guitarist, composer, is a Juno Award winner, Acoustic Guitar Player's Choice Award silver winner in the Flamenco Category, and a three-time winner of the Canadian Smooth Jazz award for Guitarist o...
Jesse Cook goes 'Beyond Borders' in BC / Mission City Record
Jesse Cook's Beyond Borders tour will be making a stop in Mission BC on Sept. 30 at the Clarke Theatre. Cook is a Juno-winning guitarist, known for his intoxicating fusion of world music. He has travelled the globe looking for sounds that resonate with him. According to a press release, Cook's "desire to take people to places they have not been drives him to find a common ground where different music tra...
Jesse Cook set for the Sault / SaltOnline
Acclaimed Canadian based guitarist, composer, and producer Jesse Cook will include Sault Ste. Marie in his ‘Beyond Borders' tour next March. In support of his latest album ‘Beyond Borders,' Cook who has sold over 1.5 million albums worldwide, will make a stop at The Sault Community Theatre Centre on March 31st 2019. Living up to the album's title, the JUNO Award-winning musician's lates...
Jesse Cook set for the Greenwich Odeum / The Providence Journal
In the video for his tune "Hembra," Jesse Cook meanders through the streets of Cartagena, Colombia, strumming his acoustic guitar in a dreamlike state as generations of flamenco or mariachi before him might have done. Except Cook is a blond, fair-skinned Canadian. The music Cook creates is his way of breaching and blurring lines of demarcation between the nations of today's world. It's a mash of the infl...
Jesse Cook - Beyond Borders Q&A with fyi music news
Jesse Cook has discovered a formula for staying relevant in today's shifting, short-attention-span music scene. Focus! Early in our conversation Cook introduced me to a video he recently edited for a track, "Hembra," from his new album Beyond Borders. It was shot with the Panasonic GH4; a digital SLR that shoots 4K and retails around $1,500 Canadian, and a 4K drone. Think about that. In the rec...
Jesse Cook, gearing up to release: Beyond Borders / Guitar World
Juno-winning guitarist Jesse Cook is gearing up to release his new album, Beyond Borders, September 15 via eOne Music Canada. Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of the album's title track. "When I'm composing, it's like I'm cooking," Cook says. "I throw all my favorite ingredients in the pot. I try to combine ingredients I've never heard together before. It's a risk, you never kno...
Jesse Cook set to release new album - Beyond Borders / Broadway World
Jesse Cook, the acclaimed Canada-based guitarist, composer, and producer--last Friday (8/4) released "Double Dutch," the lead single off his 12-track studio album, Beyond Borders, due out Friday, September 15 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music). Living up to the album's title, the JUNO Award-winning musician's new record explores a sonic landscape unfettered by geography, ethnicity and music...
Jesse Cook, set for Kalamazoo State Theater, is Community Media Center - Artist of the Day
Juno Award winner and Canadian nuevo flamenco revolutionary Jesse Cook brings his masterfully inventive guitar stylings to the Kalamazoo State Theater tonight at 8:00pm. Cook learned his trade from famed teacher Eli Kassner, who passed down the tradition of his guru, late Spanish classical guitar virtuoso Andres Segovia. On his latest album, 2015's One World, Cook has melded his internatio...
Jesse Cook's 'Loop Station Improv' / Huffington Post Exclusive
"World music/jazz guitarist Jesse Cook wraps up his U.S. tour this weekend on April 24. He was touring the U.S., from his native Canada, to support the release of his ninth studio album, One World, on eOne Music. The album debuted at No. 1 on the jazz and world music charts in Canada, and debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard Top Jazz Albums chart and No. 4 on the World Albums chart in the...
Jesse Cook premieres 'Switchback' on Guitar World
"On March 11, the tour bus pulled up in Rockport, Massachusetts, and we discovered how crazy beautiful the theater [Shalin Liu Performance Center] was," Jesse Cook says. "Before the crew loaded in the band's gear, I set up my camera and a zoom recorder, and Nic [Nicolas Hernadez] and I recorded this jam. This is based loosely on a song I wrote long ago called ‘Switchback.' Nic learned it as I w...
Jesse Cook never gets tired of playing live / Fox News
Jesse Cook's ONE WORLD on Entertainment One is the most sonically diverse and distinctive disc in Cook's vast and varied catalogue, which has earned 11 Juno nominations and one win for 2000's Free Fall. On these 11 instrumentals, programmed beats and dusty electronic textures are interwoven with syncopated handclaps, deep dubby basslines and popping percussion. Sitars and violin share th...
Jesse Cook set to play Boulder Theater / Boulder Weekly
Somewhere just past the two minute mark of "Tommy and Me," one of the middle-stretch cuts on world music guitarist Jesse Cook's latest CD, One World, a fleeting bit of guitar phrasing streaks by what would normally sound a little out of place on one of Cook's recordings. It's a yawning, urgent, step-and-a-half string bend. A closer listen would reveal that, not only was a blue note gracing th...
Jesse Cook interview with Oregon's KEZI 9 TV about upcoming One World tour
Awarding-winning guitarist and composer Jesse Cook joins anchor Sean Cuellar on KEZI 9 News Midday to talk about his upcoming "One World" tour. Jesse Cook is currently on at 39-date U.S. tour. Cook is playing a sold-out show Friday, January 29, 2016, at 7 p.m. at the Florence Events Center. The band is also performing in Grants Pass, Sunday, January 31, at the Rogue Theatre and in Bend, Monda...
Jesse Cook conjures modern day Constantinople on 'One World' / JazzCorner.com
Constantinople, the ancient melting pot mecca intersecting Europe, India, Middle East and Africa, serves as the inspiration for the adventurous sonic explorations of "One World," the ninth studio album from world music guitarist Jesse Cook. Joining primal instrumentation from all over the globe with rhythmic loops, textured audioscapes and technological experimentation, Cook's eOne Music release...
Jesse Cook - One World is Echoes CD of the Month for August
Nouveau Flamenco guitarist Jesse Cook has been putting out great albums for two decades. The Canadian musician came to renown with his debut album, Tempest, in 1995. At the time he road in on the coattails of Nouveau Flamenco pioneer Ottmar Liebert and bands like The Gipsy Kings, but Cook always had his own sound, one that that morphed and fused over the course of two decad...
Jesse Cook - One World / Jazz Weekly review
Jesse Cook takes his talents on the flamenco guitar and puts them into a 21st Century mix as he uses synthesized drums and programming along with classical strings as well as percussion, reeds and sounds from other parts of the world. Fellow guitarist Tommy Emmanuel joins him for a lilting "Tommy and Me' while the most traditional Mediterranean sounds are felt on "To Your Shore." Other times, you ge...
Jazz Fest concert review: Jesse Cook at Maison Symphonique / Montreal Gazette
When Canadian guitarist Jesse Cook stepped on the Maison Symphonique stage on Thursday night, there was a brief moment of confusion among audience members: either an imposter had sauntered in or his characteristic wavy long locks had been trimmed. Any and all doubts were quickly erased when Cook's equally famed fingers began dancing on the strings of his acoustic guitar. It was clear there would be no Sa...
Jesse Cook - One World makes Echoes Top 25 for June
Jesse Cook's - ONE WORLD (eOne Music) is the most sonically diverse and distinctive disc in Cook's vast and varied catalogue. With 11 Juno nominations and one win for 2000's Free Fall, these 11 instrumentals on One World infuses programmed beats and dusty electronic textures interwoven with syncopated handclaps, deep dubby basslines and popping percussion. Sitars and violin share the spa...
Jesse Cook - One World / Winnipeg Morning News performance
Jesse Cook recently released his new, highly anticipated album ONE WORLD on Entertainment One Music (eOne Music). The most sonically diverse and distinctive disc in Cook's vast and varied catalogue, which has earned 11 Juno nominations and one win for 2000's Free Fall, One World presents 11 instrumentals, programmed beats and dusty electronic textures interwoven with syncopated handclaps, de...
Jesse Cook - One World makes #5 on Echoes: May Top 25
Jesse Cook is set to release his new, highly anticipated album ONE WORLD on Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) on April 28, 2015. One World is the most sonically diverse and distinctive disc in Cook's vast and varied catalogue, which has earned 11 Juno nominations and one win for 2000's Free Fall. On these 11 instrumentals, programmed beats and dusty electronic textures are interwove...
Jesse Cook@Kitchener ON - Centre in the Square / Live in Limbo
Jesse Cook's newest album "One World" is a result of a globe's worth of experience, musical influences and culture. His rumba flamenco style of playing is aggressive, seductive and note perfect! The icing on top is with all that talent he infuses his show with lots of personality, funny stories, and quips. The Canadian Juno award winning guitarist, composer and producer had Monday May 11t...
Jesse Cook plays Newton Theatre / The Advertiser News interview
Jesse Cook has been entertaining audiences for decades with his unique brand of "nuevo flamenco" and now he's bringing that show to the Newton Theatre on Wednesday, March 4. Getting started While he might be new to the area, he certainly isn't new to music. "I started so young that I don't really think about it much," he explained. "I had a toy guitar and started lessons at six. Ther...
An evening with Jesse Cook at the Pantages Theatre / Twin Cities Daily Planet review
When flamenco guitarist Jesse Cook appeared on stage at the Minneapolis's historic Pantages Theatre Saturday, May 3rd, he acted surprised at the sizable crowd as he jokingly commented, "Are you all sure you came to the right show?" Although his culturally rich blend of instrumental music is not main-stream, it is plenty well known to fans of Smooth Jazz, Nuevo Flamenco and World music. It can be chal...
Jesse Cook: The Blue Guitar Sessions. a captivating effort to replicate the mood of recordings from the Miles Davis era
Jesse Cooke's: The Blue Guitar Sessions is a captivating 14-track album recorded on a pair of vintage microphones in an effort to replicate the mood of recordings from the Miles Davis era. Sound is of the utmost importance to Jesse as a musician, producer and engineer. This record is much different from the rumba flamenco for which he is best known. Indeed, he has been a leading prop...
Jesse Cook equips his acoustic guitar, a few song sketches and a wide open mind for 'The Rumba Foundation'
If Jesse Cook was an actor instead of a Juno award winning guitarist, he'd be considered a method actor, someone who immerses himself completely in the world of the characters he portrays to deliver authentic performances cloaked in realism. For his eighth album, The Rumba Foundation, the Canadian headed to Colombia equipped with his acoustic guitar, a few song sketches and a wide...