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Jesse Cook: Montreal

Guitarist Jesse Cook delivers an exciting document of his fiery stage show on Montreal (Narada), his first live album. Recorded at the Metropolis Theater during the Montreal Jazz Festival, the CD offers over an hour of Cook’s dynamic brand of contemporary rumba flamenco. “Rattle and Burn,” which is taken at a breakneck pace, showcases Cook’s dexterity, while the lively “Dance of Spring” features guitar fireworks at the end of the tune, and the melancholy “Cascada,” with its wistful violin accompaniment, spotlights Cook’s lyrical side. The album closes with “Fall at Your Feet,” which features vocals from pop singer Danny Wilde of the Rembrandts. The audience can be heard clapping and cheering throughout the album, and the whole recording has an immediacy many other live albums lack; it really captures the show’s energy and high spirits, and there’s very much a “you are there” quality-and isn’t that how good live albums should sound?

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