by Jesse Cook
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Mixing pop hooks, rock edges, and exotic Middle Eastern flavors with his zesty acoustic flamenco guitar, Jesse Cook has no such trouble discovering his own sense of adventure on his third album Vertigo. Cook indeed inspires a happy dizziness daring his listener to keep up with his global jaunts and unique, Tabasco-hot texturing of Art Avalos' percussion toys (what are djembes and guiro?) over solid rhythm guitar foundations, along with a keen ability to pluck out catchy melodies and improvisations. He hits the Cajun trail by punching out machine gun patterns over a shuffling groove and Buckwheat Dural's accordion harmony; then Cook kicks up some sand, drawing a hypnotic picture of gypsy excitement as counterpoint to the swaying violin harmony by George Koller. As odd as it may sound, allegretto is the flamenco-styled equivalent to a John Cougar Mellencamp song, a vigorous folk-rock clapalong reminiscent of the singer's recent cover of Van Morrison's "Wild Night." The guitarist even plays underwater, "Breathing Below Surface," with the help of a subtle trip-hop groove and underwater synth effects.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/16/1998
Label: Narada
UPC: 0724384598822
catalogNumber: 45988

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jesse Cook   Primary Artist,Guitar,Shakuhachi,Keyboards,Darabeka,Hand Clapping,Pandeiro,Snare Drums,Udu,Chequere,Palmas
Holly Cole   Vocals
Ofra Harnoy   Cello
Art Avalos   Shakuhachi,Chimes,Tambourine,Timbales,Tom-Tom,Triangle,Snare Drums,Djembe,cowbell
Buckwheat Zydeco   Accordion,Vocals
Djivan Gasparyan   Duduk
George Koller   Violin
Etrick Lyons   Bass
Blake Manning   Drums,Timbales
Mario Melo   Shakuhachi,Conga,Repique,Surdo,Djembe,Udu,Cabasa
Carmen Romero   Palmas

Technical Credits

Buckwheat Zydeco   Contributor,Engineer
Tony Daigle   Engineer
Oliver Schroer   Contributor
Jesse Cook   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Mario Melo   Arranger
Kathleen Shea   Executive Producer
Carmen Romero   Contributor
Bill Katsioutas   Contributor

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Vertigo 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I sell audio equipment for a living and I always use this CD for demo purposes. ''That's Right'' (Track 1) & ''Avocado'' (Track 7) are two of my favorites. If you're going to buy some speakers, buy this CD and give it a spin!