Jesse Cook is one of its representatives, listed by the experts among the master elite. The artist was born in 1964 in Paris, he spent his early years in Southern France, where he came across the music of such legendary guitarists as Nicolas Reyes (leader of the cult group Gipsy Kings), as well as Manitas de Plata, who is considered one of the most eminent Flamenco guitarists. Their works have had a great impact on Jesse’s music.
After the years spent in France, Jesse Cook moved to Canada, where his family came from. There, he started studying at the Eli Kassner Guitar Academy in Toronto, and after the graduation he continued his education at the most prestigious American music schools developing his abilities in the scope of playing the classical guitar and jazz.
According to the artist, what was the turning point in his career was the Catalina Jazz Festival in 1995. It was there that he was for the first time appreciated by the wide and sophisticated audience. At that time, his first album called Tempest was released. Soon after the festival, the album became incredibly popular, while the young Jesse Cook gained huge number of admirers overnight.
Today, the phonographic output of the artist covers 8 albums. In 2001, album Free Fall was awarded Juno – the prize of the Canadian phonographic industry for the best instrumental album of the year. Cook has been nominated for the Juno Award three more times. In 2008, he was nominated for his latest album Frontiers, this time under the best music album of the year category. The album featured on the Canadian Top 200 Billboard Charts, where it has stayed until now, it also made its debut on the World Chart, where it reached number 1, maintaining its position for three weeks. The single promoting the album – Cafe Mocha – reached number 2 on the Top Ten Jazz.
In February 2009, the guitarist was appreciated by the Acoustic Guitar magazine – he came second in the ranking of the best Flamenco guitarists. Only the legendary Paco de Lucia managed to beat him, while the third place was taken by Vicente Amigo, no less legendary than Paco. The appreciation Jesse Cook has been enjoying among his fans is testified to by the fact that composition Mario Takes a Walk, coming from album Montreal, has been placed on a special, inaugural list of works compiled for Barack Obama. Cook’s latest album, entitled The Rumba Foundation, emerged on the market on 29 September 2009.