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Tuesday Tune: ‘Luna Llena’ by Jesse Cook

March 15, 2016

After two decades of crisscrossing the world in restless pursuit of inspiration, innovation and collaboration, the Paris-born, Toronto-raised Jesse Cook changed course for his ninth studio album “One World,” that was released April 28, 2015, on eOne Music Canada. Instead of exotic locales, he stayed home in his studio. Instead of a foreign legion of performers, he relied on his own devices. And instead of exploring cul-de-sacs of music — flamenco, classical, rumba, world beat, pop, blues or jazz — he united them.

Despite its humble homemade origins, “One World” begins another chapter in the multitasking artist, composer and producer’s quest. His destination: The digital realm. To create the disc’s emotive melodies, fluid grooves and rich sonic tapestries, he incorporated technology more than ever before.

What results is the most sonically diverse and distinctive disc in Cook’s vast and varied catalogue, which has earned 11 Juno nominations and one win for 2000’s “Free Fall.” On these 11 instrumentals, programmed beats and dusty electronic textures are interwoven with syncopated hand claps, deep dubby basslines and popping percussion. Sitars and violin share the space with synthesizers and sound effects. Notes and rhythms dance playfully back and forth between speakers. Naturally, Cook’s masterful guitar work commands center stage with its elegant balance of subtlety, in-the-moment honesty and blazing technical prowess. But here, it also pivots between worlds — past and future, familiar and fresh, acoustic and electronic — redefined by technology like every element of modern life.

Check out Cook performing “Luna Llena” at the Metropolis in 2007.

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