Musicians often speak of influences and for Juno award winning guitarist Jesse Cook it is not so much one individual that holds a special place in his heart but a region in southern France known as the Camargue.
It was here in Arles that Cook's father, a retired film director, lived the last ten years of his life. It's where Cook spent many summers, wandering the streets among the Gypsies who inhabit the area, soaking up the atmosphere and listening to the likes of Nicolas Reyes, lead singer of the flamenco group Gipsy Kings, who just happened to live next door.
With the recent success of Cook's last album Frontiers, he is back in the studio working on his much anticipated follow up, 'The Rumba Foundation', set for release on September 29, 2009. The single from Cook's upcoming album will be "Cecilia", which features Juno nominee Jeremy Fisher as a guest vocalist. The track will be released to radio in June 2009. The new album also features the traditional folkloris cumbia group, Los Gaiteros, who Cook recently returned from recording with in Columbia.