Montreal (Live) [Live]
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2005 live release features 14 tracks including "Beloved", "Rattle & Burn", & "Cascada".
Jesse Cook is a worldbeat musician in the truest sense of the word; he doesnt just pick a style and repackage it, he is respected both by listeners and players alike for constantly seeking inspiration and tutelage from all over the world. A longtime fan of music from Spain, Africa, Egypt, Brazil, France and Cuba, Jesse Cooks Montreal evokes each of those countries and then some on this, his sixth CD and first live disc.
Cook has a history of hooking up with talented players; previous contributors to his million-selling catalogue include cellist Ofra Harnoy, fellow Canuck Holly Cole, and Brazillian jazz phenom Flora Purim. His choice of players for Montréal are equally talented; that point is made clear right from the opening cut, "Beloved." Fellow Canadian, Maryem Tollar sets the stage with her incredible, ghostly Arabic vocals; from that romantic, moody brilliance right to the discs undulating climax of "Baghdad," the perpetual motion of Gypsy Kings-meets-Cirque du Soleil sounds resonate throughout the disc. The audiences adoration of the performer and his wonderfully percussive live show (recorded at Le Festival International de Jazz de Montréal) allows the feverish applause to carry the enthusiasm over to the live disc itself.
There will always be a debate among purists as to whether accessible worldbeat or jazz is too easy-listening; ultimately, Cook is one part gifted guitar player, another part masterful showman. Even in the context of listening to a live CD, the energy that he gives to and subsequently receives from his fans on Montréal is contagious and musically rewarding.--Denise Sheppard
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Yeah, it's a live performance, and you have the annoying people clapping and cheering coming out of your speakers and interrupting the music every now and then, some people don't like that, and typically I would agree with them - but this album makes an exception to the rule. This is one of the best albums of music I have heard. It is a concert, so it all flows together, there aren't it's not just a collection of songs, but a flowing piece, which in itself makes this album unique, but along with the incredible talent that makes appearances in this performance makes it remarkable.
Blending mid-eastern, Spanish, African, and who knows how many other musical styles together, Cook and friends have developed a style that is fast, vibrant and all their own. Some of the tracks that stick out in my mind are "Luna Llena" This recording has some of Chris Church's best work on violin, "Tempest" which is expanded with Nicolas Hernandez performing with Jesse, and "Mario Takes A Walk" with the Samba Squad (who bring an amazing amount of energy to the piece.) "Fall At Your Feet" rightly concludes the album, delivering a fine performance from all.
Despite the crowd in the CD, you will be hard pressed to find a better collection of these beautiful pieces of music, so if you're a fan of live performances, then this is for you, a fan of Jesse Cook - you're good to go, or a fan of fantastic music that is not afraid to explore: look no further.
I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys music!
Top international reviews
The mix of flamenco with Middle eastern influences is potent. Jesse's guitar playing is truly fantastic & the percussionists are brilliant.
Kurzum: Dieses Album lohnt sich für Fans von Jesse Cook aber auch für Neugierige, die ihn bzw. diese Art der Musik noch nicht kennen.
Je ne regrette pas mon achat. Cette album (concert) est maginifique. Je ne suis pas fan de la musique flamenco et pourtant....le rythme et l'énergie qui se dégagent de certaines de ses compositions sont un vrai plaisir.
A quand un concert en France ?