For Jesse Cook, The Blue Guitar Sessions is much different from the rumba flamenco for which he is best known. Indeed, he has been a leading proponent of the genre since bursting onto the world music scene with 1995’s Tempest. Cook steered clear of anything resembling flamenco on this record, producing a sound that allows listeners to appreciate each musician’s contribution. The result is a captivating 14-track album recorded on a pair of vintage microphones. The Blue Guitar Sessions is best enjoyed through a room-filling home stereo system - like the old days. A glass of shiraz next to the fireplace is optional.
Audiences are beginning to discover how well The Blue Guitar Sessions translates to live performances. Cook embarked on a worldwide tour in September, beginning in Europe. A Canadian tour followed before a venture south for a five-month U.S. tour, starting in January of 2013. The live shows will include songs from more familiar work as well as material from the new album. Joining Cook on stage are the musicians that have become as familiar to fans as Cook himself: Chris Church, Rosendo “Chendy” Leon, Nicholas Hernandez and Dennis Mohammed. New musical experimentation and a worldwide tour are indications that Jesse Cook’s career has reached a new artistic and globally-recognized level of success.
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