by Jesse Cook

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Although this bold and dynamic acoustic guitar giant's stock in trade is the hybrid of rhumba flamenco, he's electrified smooth jazz audiences everywhere with one of the best live shows in any instrumental based genre. What could be more exciting than a whole hour of his trademark hits and other exotic classics performed in front of an audience in his native Canada? Recorded at the Metropolis Theater during Le Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, the 14 songs offer a smart mix of the lively clapalongs that have become his best-loved works ("Rattle and Burn," "Mario Takes a Walk") and more involved, intricate and dramatic Middle Eastern-tinged works from his later recordings. While "Closer to Madness" takes a few minutes to build, it offers a more introspective side of Cook's multifaceted work as we wait for the tune to explode. Likewise "Baghdad," whose brief solo passages in between the fun stuff show off his technical prowess and solo capabilities. While most live CDs simply include audience applause between cuts, most of these tracks have the audience participating via clapping, sometimes in ecstatic rhythm with the tune ("Luna Llena"). The most exciting moments of crowd/band synergy are the wild percussion passages on "Mario Takes a Walk," which elicit crowd whoops and hollers throughout. After all the craziness, the more graceful and folksy vocal ballad "Fall at Your Feet" (featuring Danny Wilde) provides a lovely, harmony laden parting souvenir.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2005
Label: Narada
UPC: 0724386607621
catalogNumber: 66076

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jesse Cook   Primary Artist,Guitar
Danny Wilde   Vocals
Art Avalos   Percussion
Collin Barrett   Bass
Negin Bairami   Surdo
Chris Church   Violin,Vocals
Maryem Hassan Tollar   Vocals
Hampig Djavorian   Duduk
Gili Gurvitz   Tamborim
Frank Hayashi   Caixa
Nicolas Hernandez   Guitar
Danielle Lafond   Surdo
Greg Meleca   Surdo
Tony Pierre   Tamborim
Lyba Spring   Bells
Guiomar Campbell   Shaker
Paul Antonio   Drums

Technical Credits

Livewire   Engineer
Rich Denhart   Executive Producer
John Holbrook   Engineer
Doug McClement   Engineer
Colin Nairne   Executive Producer
Jesse Cook   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Connie Gage   Creative Coordinator
Robin Easton   Stage Technician
Carl Gosine   House Mix
Rick Shadrach Lazar   Artistic Director
Steve Meacher   Monitor Engineer

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