Jesse Cook remains a free spirit on his latest album Libre — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
The platinum-selling, award-winning and internationally acclaimed producer, composer, and guitarist 11th studio release, the 10-track Libre continues Cook’s trademark musical explorations, combining his iconic Spanish guitar flair with Algerian multi-instrumentalist Fethi Nadjem, modern trap rhythms and 808 beats.
“I wrote and recorded Libre during the pandemic when, like most people, I was longing for freedom,” Cook shares. “My music was my escape from the four walls that surrounded me, and the storm that was swirling outside.”
The inspiration for Libre came from a long summer-day drive with his 14 year old, Cook reveals. “My daughter entertained me with her favorite playlists, much of which were trap and 808-inspired. I loved them too, and a question was planted in my mind: ‘What would my music sound like mixed with those sounds?’ ”
Cook also recently announced the first leg of his 2022 Tempest II tour. The tour was originally set to take place in 2020 in celebration of the 25th anniversary of his acclaimed debut album Tempest. Launching in Spokane on Jan. 19 and spanning 43 dates, the trek will take Cook and his band across both Canada and the U.S. View the Canadian dates below.
It’s been more than 25 years since the internationally lauded virtuoso first stepped onto the scene with his now-iconic release Tempest. In the time since, he’s released 10 gold and platinum studio albums with a combined sales of more than two million copies, five concert DVDs and live discs, five PBS specials, and multiple awards — a Juno win, 11 nominations, three Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, a Gemini, and an Acoustic Guitar Magazine Player’s Choice Silver Award.
Tempest II Canadian Tour Dates
February 22 – Winspear Centre, Edmonton, AB
February 23 – PAC, Vernon, BC
February 24 – Kelowna Community Theatre, Kelowna, BC
February 26 – The Centre, Vancouver, BC
February 27 – The Port Theatre, Nanaimo, BC
March 1 – Key City Theatre, Cranbrook, BC
March 2 – Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary, AB
March 3 – Knox United Church, Saskatoon, SK
March 4 – Knox United Church, Saskatoon, SK
March 5 – Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg, MB
May 11 – Centennial Hall, London, ON
May 12 – Centre in the Square, London, ON
May 13 – Meridian Hall, Toronto, ON
May 14 – The Empire Theatre, Belleville, ON
May 15 – National Arts Centre, Ottawa, ON
June 8 – Salle Louis-Frechette at Grand Theatre de Quebec, Quebec City, QC
July 9 – Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreal, QC