Yep, I own almost all his CDs. He can play some serious guitar in a style that is "world" and not weird IMO. I would love to see him live. I saw Tommy Emmanuel in December. Totally different style, but if you enjoy acoustic guitar fingerpicked solo he is an amazing act. Highly recommended.
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Glad you enjoyed the show.
Never hard him live but have spent some time listening to this album.
Some of it I like quite a lot. Other bits seem awfully smooth jazz/new age-y.
Different strokes, I guess. No question about his talent, however.
..smooth jazzy.. yah..apparently he came out of the Narada thing years ago, though it appears he's developed beyond this, from what I saw/heard.
I too have a decided .."meh" ear for smooth jazz...too syrupy for me. Traditional jazz..50's-60's is sooo much better.
As for 'world'.. some of this can be much too, however I enjoy hearing unfamiliar, traditional instruments and music styles on their own or mixed with their western counterparts. It's what music/art/design has always been and has always done..combine influences of different style-cultures into something new. It appears Jesse gets 'classified' as nuevo-flamenco..yah..seems reasonable.
Glad you were not offended. Didn't know Jesse Cook's Narada roots. That explains things a bit. The best tracks on Gravity are engaging and not at all smooth jazz/new age. They display has his own "voice" as it were. If you like "classic"/traditional jazz you'll probably enjoy the Jazz Aficionados thread if you haven't come across that yet.