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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