- Inside the Music presents
20 Sun Oct 2013
Jesse Cook's 'blue mood' signals a new direction.Like millions the world over Jesse Cook got his hands on a copy of Adele's 21 and played it excessively. But the Juno Award-winning guitarist saw something that few of us did, something which emboldened him to tackle a long simmering personal objective and create a 'blue mood' record."It was the simplicity of it", says Cook of Adele's work. "For me it was amazing, that an album, where many of the tracks were just voice and piano, was a pop record. I loved it. It creates a world where we get to really hear her voice and also the pianist can be more expressive. It just becomes a much more intimate album, a much more personal album and I thought I would love to do that."Spending the summer of 2011 cottage hopping with his family, Cook set about writing material for The Blue Guitar Sessions, his eigthth studio album. It's set for release on September 18 in Canada (September 25 in the U.S.).For the 47-year-old Toronto resident, who was born in Paris to John Cook, a film director and his wife Heather, a former CBC television producer, this record is much different from the rumba flamenco for which he is best known. Indeed, he has been a leading proponent of the genre since bursting onto the world music scene with 1995's Tempest. Among his many accolades, in 2008, he won the silver medal in Acoustic Guitar magazine's prestigious Players' Choice Awards behind the legendary Paco De Lucia.Cook has steered clear of anything resembling flamenco on this record, producing a sound that allows listeners to appreciate each of musician's contribution. To do so he also battled his natural instinct to fill in space."It's a big departure from the work I have done in the past," he admits, "and there's a fear that if you do something drastically different, will there still be someone there to listen to it if you change?"The result is a captivating 14-track album recorded on a pair of vintage microphones, which he had exhaustively searched for to replicate the mood of recordings from the Miles Davis era. Sound is of the utmost importance to him as a musician, producer and engineer.Audiences will soon discover how well The Blue Guitar Sessions translates to live performances. The live shows will include songs from more farmiliar work as well as material from the new album. Joining Cook on the stage are the musicians that have become as familiar to fans as Cook himself: Chris Church, Rosendo "Chendy" Leon, Nicholas Hernandez and Dennis Mohammed.
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