Exploring the Foundations of Rumba and Vallenato

Jesse Cook -  The Rumba Foundation
Jesse Cook – The Rumba Foundation
Jesse Cook

The Rumba Foundation (Koch Records, 2009)

Canadian guitarist Jesse Cook was interested in recording an album that captured the history of rumba.  Back in the 1800’s, sailors arrived in Spain with a new rhythm from Cuba known as rumba. Adopted by Spanish gypsies, a new flamenco style was created that mixed the festive, danceable rhythms of the Caribbean with the passion of flamenco. It became known as “rumba flamenca.”  The Rumba Foundation, Cook’s latest record, intended to explore rumba flamenca, but the final concept ended up going beyond rumba. Cook recorded The Rumba Foundation in Colombia, where he picked up the hybrid sounds of Colombian music.

In Colombia, Cook worked with traditional cumbia and vallenato group Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto. Cook wrote or co-wrote a dozen pieces, mixing smooth jazz, light flamenco rumba and Colombian rhythms. Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto specialize in the preservation of gaitero music, traditional cumbia and other Colombian roots music.

The Rumba Foundation will please Jesse Cook music fans with his popular signature guitar sound augmented with the fiery beats of Colombia.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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