Gravity

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Ottmar Liebert's popular Nouveau Flamenco sound has never paid strict homage to the history of Spanish guitar; rather, it has combined tradition with modern pop influences to create an accessible style that successfully bridges new age, jazz, and worldbeat. Paris born, Toronto bred Jesse Cook draws from the same ancient rhythms, but takes even more aggressive liberties with the form. So much so, in fact, that he labels the back sleeve of his new Narada Equinox disc, Gravity, with a colorful explanation of his unique hybrid: "Gravity Is Rumba Flamenco World Beat Jazz Pop." On most of Gravity's tracks, Cook gives Melo free reign to create the entire rhythmic base, even to...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Ottmar Liebert's popular Nouveau Flamenco sound has never paid strict homage to the history of Spanish guitar; rather, it has combined tradition with modern pop influences to create an accessible style that successfully bridges new age, jazz, and worldbeat. Paris born, Toronto bred Jesse Cook draws from the same ancient rhythms, but takes even more aggressive liberties with the form. So much so, in fact, that he labels the back sleeve of his new Narada Equinox disc, Gravity, with a colorful explanation of his unique hybrid: "Gravity Is Rumba Flamenco World Beat Jazz Pop." On most of Gravity's tracks, Cook gives Melo free reign to create the entire rhythmic base, even to the point of leaving a conventional drum kit off entirely. The mutual trust between the guitarist and Melo is chronicled in the energetic opening tune "Mario Takes a Walk." Cook was also able to secure the services of world-renowned bassist Tony Levin, whose pop-meets-world beat chops have been tapped by Paul Simon and Peter Gabriel. Cook also decided that Gravity would benefit from a few more moments of introspection and soft romance than he included on the mostly up-tempo Tempest. He strives for this balance with moody pieces like "Azul" whose title appropriately translates to "blue", "Into the Dark," and "Olodum," which frames an eloquent guitar melody with darker percussion edges and haunting synth textures. Yet Cook doesn't fully abandon his instinct for the danceable, setting spirits on high with a briskly strolling title track and a sweeping Middle Eastern romp that brings Cook "Closer to Madness." Likewise, "Brio and Gipsy" combine his love for pure pop hooks with artful fingerstylings worthy of his Berklee education.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/1996
  • Label: Narada
  • UPC: 083616303727
  • Catalog Number: 63037
  • Sales rank: 14,709

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mario Takes a Walk (3:47)
  2. 2 Azul (4:16)
  3. 3 Gravity (3:57)
  4. 4 Closer to Madness (5:49)
  5. 5 Into the Dark (4:15)
  6. 6 Brio (3:15)
  7. 7 Falling from Grace (3:33)
  8. 8 Olodum (3:32)
  9. 9 Rapture (4:20)
  10. 10 Gipsy (2:29)
  11. 11 Luna Llena (5:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jesse Cook Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, Timbales, Darbouka, Hand Clapping, Shaker, Synthesizer Bass
Tony Levin Bass
Blake Manning Drums, Timbales, Triangle
Mario Melo Bongos, Conga, Hand Clapping, Pandeiro, Repique, Surdo, Chekere, Shaker, cowbell
Andrés Morales Bass
Denis Keldie Accordion
Mev Berman Oboe
Technical Credits
Rich Denhart Executive Producer
Trevor Sadler Mastering
Jeff Wolpert Engineer
Jesse Cook Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Contributor
Connie Gage Art Direction
Mario Melo Contributor
Kathleen Shea Executive Producer
Richard Erlac Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gravity "stired my soul"

    Whilst backpacking I stepped off a small dingy onto the island of Napa, off the coast of Malaysia and was greeted by the hypnotic sound of "Azul" from Gravity....it just blew me away. Got back to London and looking for that album was like an obsession, i felt an unrest in me, like something missing... When i finally got hold of the CD i felt complete and an incredible peace in me. I know this all sounds weird but its such a 'soul stirring' CD. Its a "must have" CD to chill to.... "Into the darkness" and "Falling from Grace" are out of this world. Thank You Jesse for this masterpiece....

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