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This is your invitation to connect to a musical world that embraces a stunning collection of genres and instrumentation from Jazz and Rock to Blues, Latin, and other international influences.
It's a world inventively crafted by sax man Jessie Allen Cooper as he combines the organic sound and feel of real instruments with ten stunning original compositions to create a magnificently varied and brilliantly performed project.
Jessie calls "Let's Connect" his horn album, since the emphasis is on his own tenor/soprano sax and harmonica leads in addition to some tasty Miles Davis inspired trumpet / flugelhorn work from Jimmy Hale.
This is also a highly percussive album, featuring a potpourri of rhythms from Steve Reid's incredible percussion-toy-box. Steve has actually built some of the Instrument's himself!
Jessie Allen Cooper has created an exceptional chemistry here among this elite group of seasoned players. So, do check out the song credits as you listen, to see who is involved in this amazing project. Most importantly, allow the remarkable songs in this album to assist you in finding the pure joy that great music can bring.
Jessie believes "music is a high art form that adds something special to our lives. It helps us connect to each other and the world around us." With that Thought-in-mind, enjoy connecting with this positive musical energy!
Scott O'Brien /SmoothJazz.com
Enough gloom and doom! I promised sunshine and glee. "LET'S CONNECT" by JESSIE ALLEN COOPER is just that. Try the first Smooth Jazz Jam Band! Are we buckled up yet? I realize this term may be a lesson in jovial juxtaposition, but Jessie's joyous approach is creating another angle to garner audience is to be auditioned and annexed to your playlist.
Roger Lifeset / Peer Music
In the spirit of his iconic ancestor, Benjamin Franklin, a genius known for smithing powerful creativity, ingenuity, and a deep sense of restless invention, Cooper brilliantly taps into an eclectic array of musical genres pop, jazz, R&B, chill, and world beat. With seamless craft, Cooper subtly weaves these distinctive styles, thus transcending passing musical trends. The popular composer and saxophonist's studio, Cooper Sound Waves, is located in Venice Beach, California, the melting pot which clearly influenced this project. Drawing inspiration from this multitude of genres, but letting each have its voice, makes Cooper's highly anticipated new CD 'Let's Connect' an exciting must have for adventurous listeners everywhere.