by Jesse Cook
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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/1996
Label: Narada
UPC: 0083616303727
catalogNumber: 63037

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jesse Cook   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
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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Gravity 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 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....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago