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Free Fall
     

Free Fall

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by Jesse Cook
 
Guitarist Jesse Cook cross-pollinates like a honey-crazed insect on Free Fall, leaving a sense that its Gypsy, flamenco, Middle Eastern and Latin flavors share the same musical DNA. Cook's percussionists handle the complex array of rhythms like they were born to them, while bass player Eric Lyons offers a steady yet sensuous sonic backbone. The opener,

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Guitarist Jesse Cook cross-pollinates like a honey-crazed insect on Free Fall, leaving a sense that its Gypsy, flamenco, Middle Eastern and Latin flavors share the same musical DNA. Cook's percussionists handle the complex array of rhythms like they were born to them, while bass player Eric Lyons offers a steady yet sensuous sonic backbone. The opener, "Switchback," hurtles along like a Latin locomotive, chugging mightily and untiringly uphill. "Querido Amigo," featuring Cook with only spare rhythmic accompaniment, showcases the guitarist's intricate flamenco fingerwork and some sensitive drumming in the spirit of live palmas clapping. "Viva" contrasts Cook's lyrical, romantic guitar with copious layers of deep surdo drumming, while violinist Steven Greenman brings a soulful, gypsy flair to "All That Remains." "Incantation" is a proud and mystically charged piece; Cook's picking conjures images of broad Moorish plains, later segueing to the mournful cries of Djivan Gasparian's Armenian duduk. The set ends with a sizzling hidden live track featuring Rick Shadrach and his Samba Squad -- expect to find yourself dancing in the street. Pulsing with raw power, Free Fall is a thrill through and through.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Free Fall, Jesse Cook's fourth album, is squarely in the nuevo flamenco guitarist's established pattern: a willfully eclectic blend of flamenco, new age instrumental sensibilities, a touch of pop, and whatever worldbeat influences cross his path: jazz, rumba, pan-African. Still, Cook throws in a few new wrinkles to keep things from becoming predictable, and the result is another fine album that will please his fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2000
Label:
Narada
UPC:
0724384929008
catalogNumber:
49290
Rank:
68632

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jesse Cook   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Guitar,Conga,Keyboards,Darbouka,Surdo,Hand Clapping,Shaker,Synthesizer Bass,Palmas
Danny Wilde   Vocals
Ron Allen   Bansuri
Art Avalos   Percussion
Peter Cardinali   Bass
Djivan Gasparyan   Duduk
Etrick Lyons   Bass,Drums
Mario Melo   Conga,Repique,Surdo,Timba,Chucalho
George Gao   Erhu

Technical Credits

Tim Finn   Composer
Neil Finn   Composer
Jesse Cook   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Mario Melo   Percussion Arrangement
Kathleen Shea   Executive Producer
Michael Jack   Engineer

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Free Fall 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jesse Cook has created a masterpiece of new flamenco that revolutionizes the way the guitar is played. 'Free Fall' has enlarged my interest in flamenco music, and nothing can change my mind that this is one of his best! His mix of flamenco and Middle Eastern influences in this cd is unique and genuine, and only he can accomplish it. I'm looking forward to his next project.