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JoeDancer4

Number three

Jesse continues to amaze in his third studio album Vertigo. He balances the mood nicely, with tracks that animate to dance like “That’s Right” and “Rattle and Burn”, as well as beautiful ballads. "Cancion Triste" and “Breathing Below Surface” are two of the most touching pieces ever written, the latter being my all-time favorite of his music. For the first time, Jesse is adding vocals to the music in the cover of Sting’s Fragile, which I find does not necessarily stand out compared to original, but is still good. Don’t turn off the music too quickly - a hidden track follows at the end. While the two “A”-songs (Avocado and Allegretto) sound a bit like fillers to me, I find the rest excellent, justifying a 5 star-rating.

About Jesse Cook

Canadian rhumba flamenco artist Jesse Cook has blended the exotic Spanish music form with elements of new age, jazz, and easy listening on his releases for Narada Records. Signed to the label in 1994, he produced his debut, Tempest, one year later. Gravity, released in 1996, hit the Top Ten on the new age charts. Vertigo was released two years later, and Free Fall appeared in mid-2000. In 2003 Nomad came out, followed by the live album Montréal in 2004. Though it was started conceptually in 2005, Cook didn't issue his next studio album, Frontiers, which marked a return to his initial simpler production style, until 2007. The Rumba Foundation followed in 2009. Cook varied the routine a bit with his next release, 2012's The Blue Guitar Sessions, adding ballads and vocals on some tracks (by singer Emma-Lee) for a more expansive and jazzy midstream pop sound. The guest artist-studded and aptly named One World, which drew inspiration from music of the Middle East, South America, Spain, and beyond, was issued in May 2015. Continuing to explore a more diverse sonic palette, Cook returned in 2017 with Beyond Borders. ~ John Bush

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