Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
A guitarist’s guitarist, Jesee Cook’s eclectic music doesn’t fit neatly into any one specific genre. While most might describe his style as “flamenco” or “neo-flamenco,” Cook certainly doesn’t. He’s garnered thousands of fans with his PBS-TV special, but the acoustic fretmaster refuses to be pigeon-holed.
Sure there are elements of flamenco in his music, but as he proved at his recent return to The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, there’s a whole lot more going on in his songs. Backed by a versatile band that featured percussionist-drummer Chendy Leon, bassist Dennis Mohammed, violinist Chris Church and guitarist Nicholas Hernandez, the Canadian Cook conjured up a sound that also embraced jazz, pop and a wide variety of world musics.