Jesse Cook releases the album “Libre”; Announcement of additional tour dates
Jesse cook – the internationally renowned multi-award winning platinum / gold producer, composer and guitarist – released his 11th studio album, free. Released today via Jesse’s Coach House label, distributed by Outside Music / Redeye, the 10-track album combines Cook’s iconic Spanish guitar flair with Algerian multi-instrumentalist Fethi Nadjem, modern trap rhythms and 808 beats.
Libre arrives alongside the album’s flagship track, “Number 5”, and its music video.
“I wrote and recorded Libre during the pandemic when, like most people, I longed for freedom,” Cook shares of the new project. “My music was my escape from the four walls around me and the storm swirling outside.” The inspiration for Libre came from a long summer day with her 14-year-old son, Cook reveals. “My daughter entertained me with her favorite playlists, most of which were inspired by the trap and the 808. I liked them too, and a question arose in my mind: ‘What would my music be like mixed with these sounds? “”
Cook also recently announced the first stop on his 2022 US “Tempest II” tour. The tour was originally scheduled to take place in 2020 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his acclaimed debut album, Tempest. Launched in Spokane, WA on January 19 at the Bing Crosby Theater and spanning 43 dates, the trek will take Cook and his group through the West Coast, Midwest, and Northeast. See the full tour itinerary here for more information and to purchase tickets.
It has been more than 25 years since the internationally renowned virtuoso first entered the scene with his now iconic release, Tempest. Since then he has owned ten gold and platinum studio albums with combined sales of over two million copies, five concert DVDs and live records, five PBS specials and multiple awards – one JUNO win, 11 nominations, three Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, a Gemini, and a Silver Player’s Choice Award from Acoustic Guitar Magazine.
The digital convergence of recent years has also resulted in the release of Cook’s music in quite impressive numbers on a variety of platforms; As of September 2021, its Spotify stats were over 55 million and above and games on Pandora topped the 300 million mark. YouTube’s universal visual appeal has grown steadily for Cook’s connection with audiences, with his channel racking up more than 25 million views since 2010.