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  • Audio CD (September 2, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Narada
  • ASIN: B0000BV1ZO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,890 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Popular Canadian flamenco phenomena Jesse Cook toured the world putting together the aptly titled Nomad, his fifth album. As with past efforts, Cook's lightning runs and strong flamenco rhythms are fused with Arabic and Indian rhythms and textures, Western pop vocals, and hip ambient production values not unlike a Buddha Bar collection. He also again gets some nice turns from an impressive list of guest musicians: Nomad's guests include Flora Purim, Afro Celts, the BoDeans, Hossam Ramzy, who each add their own touch. While this kind of cross-genre pollination will not endear Cook to the flamenco purists (even if there is a fair amount of flamenco's classic handclapping rhythms), there are some real strengths to the album. Cook's knowledge of his music allows him to step in out of the tradition, knowing what works without trying to force the issue. Moreover, Cooks solos bristle with the kind of energy one doesn't hear every day, even in the fiery field of flamenco. --Tad Hendrickson

Customer Reviews

Half of the tracks have vocals, which all work quite well.
Matthew Buckley-Golder
From fragile to fall at your feet,and jesse comes with more song which his fans fall in love when they hear his new album.
kamran
Jessi's not trying to make money off of a fad, and if you're concerned that's what this album is like, don't be.
B3n S6z

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
If you are a Jesse Cook fan, this CD will possibly surprise you. It's frankly more World Music and less New Flamenco than his other releases. The liner notes are telegraphic and intriguing; Cook travels to Egypt to record some of the music, then off to London to mix and record in the studio with the Afrocelts. Then off to Toronto and Milwaukee. The music travels as well; the second cut (the best, in my opinion) Qadukka-l-Mayyas is a Mideast vocal piece with Cook on a Gypsy-like guitar that reminds us that the Gypsies (the Rom) moved from India out to Europe and then to Spain, bringing their violin and guitar music along and changing all music forever.
If you want pure New Flamenco, you won't like this CD, but if you like a mix of sounds and flavors of World Music, this is a fine and interesting album.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By B3n S6z on December 20, 2003
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Some people have said that this is a real departure for Jesse. I think they haven't been paying attention. He's been going this direction since his first album. Jessi is becoming increasingly fascinated with different music from around the world, and you shouldn't think it's a new trend. Remember, Jessi has been a musician for a long time -- if I recall correctly from when I received his first CD for my radio show, he'd been playing for 15 years at that point! Jessi is NOT a simple musician; he's been around a lot.
Yes, his first CD was guitar melodies first and foremost, and yes, he's gotten into different rhythms, instruments, and ethnic influences since then, but it's not an about-face. You could hear it coming on his second album, and I don't mean "in hindsight" because I noticed it then, not now.
Don't confuse Jessi with some jump-on-the-bandwagon artist trying to imitate the successes of folks who've mixed exotic sounds with cool techno and made it big, or jumped in with "Oh, Riverdance is hot, let me have Liam O'Flinn play the bagpipes on my next album" like some artists. Jessi's not trying to make money off of a fad, and if you're concerned that's what this album is like, don't be. I don't want you to read other reviews and think this is another Deep Forest knock-off with guitar thrown in. This is Jessi Cook sharing his musical interests and talents with us.
I think this album is a testimony to Jessi's broad horizons and diverse influences, and as far as I'm concerned it's a success.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 23, 2003
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I have waited for this album for some time and am not disappointed. This album has more songs with vocals than previous albums but this does not bother me because the songs are very good and they enhance his guitar mastery.
I also like how Jesse incorporated all the various types of music (Spanish, Egyptian, Afro, Brazilian to name a few) into his brand or style of Flamenco.
This is on par with all of his other albums. Worth the money and worth the wait!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 9, 2003
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Jesse Cook proves on this album that he is more than just a flamenco guitar player. We have heard how great his guitar work is on previous albums, but now he branches out and creates a World album, layered with great vocals and a variety of musical instruments, on a level beyond his previous works. Why not produce something different? This is probably the best world album I have heard, that is flamenco guitar based. It flows beautifully from track to track, with just enough vocals mixed in to keep it interesting. The Eastern influences, are a real nice touch.
The sound recording is top notch. It sounds so good that one might even say that is a touch over produced. Never the less, it is certainly not one dimensional. The use of Electronica, for background percussion, etc. is nicely blended, and never obvious. I can't wait to see where he goes next! If you enjoy World music, buy this CD. If you just enjoy a great recording to show off your speakers, buy this CD!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By auricle on February 2, 2005
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Others may object to Jesse Cook's evolution from a more technically pure "flamenco" guitarist as exhibited on his earlier offerings. However, I view "Nomad" as a natural progression and refinement of his prodigious talent, evoking the freedom of his adventurous sojourn across the globe in search of musicians and venues he deemed necessary to create his latest musical vision. "Nomad" is woven through with threads of mediterranean and middle eastern cultural influence, all featuring his incredible guitar prowess AND his unselfish sharing of the spotlight with many other great musicians. The resultant melodic tapestry is truly magnificent. The synergistic compositions tug at one's heartstrings with a haunting beauty all too rare in this world. I sincerely enjoy the vocals on several tracks that others have objected to, seemingly not allowing Cook to stretch and grow beyond his previous great accomplishments, instead attempting to enforce these into strictures that would bind his creative vision.

By all means, do buy ALL Cook's previous CDs, and enjoy each thoroughly unto itself. I encourage each of you not to limit your enjoyment of his later music by insisting that the artist be bound by the form and greatness of his previous accomplishments. Allow yourself to fully appreciate the wide spectrum of this great musician's gifts. "Nomad" is truly worthy of your ears and will reward you well beyond an initial listen, as you grow to appreciate the unique, magnificent and progressive music of Jesse Cook.
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