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| 10/15/2009 12:00:00 AM

Cook adds taste of Colombia

Oct 15--Jesse Cook was sidetracked on his way to recording his latest album, "The Rumba Foundation."

Cook adds taste of Colombia Cook adds taste of Colombia
His initial intent was to create a release that combined the rumba flamenco guitar he is known for with the traditional rumba rhythms found in Cuba.
Instead, the Toronto-based artist ended up in Colombia, laying down tracks with the Latin Grammy-winning vallenato group, Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto.

Cook blames his change in direction on Colombian pop star Carlos Vives, a musician famous for mixing Colombian roots music into his songs.

"There was a depth to his material that I couldn't find in other pop music," Cook said. "I would put his CD on and my whole family would dance around the living room. I wanted that."

It was enough to get Cook to fly to Bogotá instead of Havana. Los Gaiteros took a bus down from their remote village north of the city to meet him there.
 
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