This is a cheery bright fast polyrhythmic acoustic guitar instrumental by Jesse Cook. Like a few other numbers here at Song of the Day, I discovered this one by killing time in a record store; mind you, this was HMV in its declining days, not one of the cool-magnets of yore. But I loved the tune and asked the clerk and bought the record.

Vertigo by Jesse Cook

The record is called Vertigo and all of it is at least listenable and at best memorable; I’d call That’s Right! the highlight. It also has Sade guesting very prettily on a couple of numbers. On the YouTube linked below, Jesse intros the song and explains that it combines Bo Diddley and Bhangra rhythms with Zydeco accordion (played on Vertigo by Buckwheat Zydeco himself). All I know is that it gallops along like a race-horse and is major fun for the ears.

This is part of the Song of the Day series (background).

Links · Spotify playlist. This tune on Spotify, Amazon, iTunes. As for live video, this one where he explains the song is OK, but there’s nothing out there that has the explosive pace and orchestration of the recording.


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