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Smooth Jazz.com, review by Scott O'Brien
SOUND TRAVELS goes well any time you want to transport yourself via musicto exotic destinations. a welcome breath of fresh air to your music library.
Toledo Blade, review by Larry Roberts
richness in a manner that traps the ears and surrounds the senses.
May-June 2004 CD Review Corner, review by Cheryl Hughey
playful collection of gorgeous melodies and colorful arrangements
wouldn't feel out of place on the same rack as The Crusaders, Spyra Gyra, and Dave Grusin Cooper has backed himself with a varied selection of excellent and sympathetic musicians who add their own magic to these tracks. I thoroughly enjoyed Sound Travels and would like to hear more.
Spirit Works, review by Angela Hutchinson
Sound Travels is a global and musical inspirationnice mixture of jazz and new age music. awe inspiring and food for the soul.
Sax-and-harmonica player Jessie Allen Cooper has crafted some highly melodic and pleasurable jazzy instrumental music on his new CD, SOUND TRAVELS. Primarily smooth jazz. he brings in top musicians to augment his sound. Check out this diverse yet strong collection of instrumental tunes.
New Hope International, review by Ian Sherred
Sound Travels repays attention and repeated listens, as all the best albums do. Music as warm as a global sunrise. Recommended.
Midwest Record Recap
Collecting session cats that have played with the best of the best, the sax man crafts a sweet world-beat date that straddles a lot of fences but always comes back to a great smooth jazz vibe. first call all the way.
what is jazz all about, review by Wes Gillespie
velvet soprano sax weaving across a heavy drum beat and mystical string arrangement. An interesting mix of styles and worth buying just for the smooth jazz tracks alone.
Jessie Allen Cooper - Sound Travels
Lately I've received several 'smooth jazz' albums for review from the USA - it seems to be a musical genre that has been revived in recent years after a decade or so of dormancy. This new album by saxophonist/keyboardist Jessie Allen Cooper is of the same genre, perhaps nodding a little to world music in terms of its rhythms, but it certainly wouldn't feel out of place on the same rack as Spyra Gyra, The Crusaders, and Dave Grusin etc - or indeed William Woods, reviewed elsewhere on this website.
I think the dozen instrumental tracks are intended to depict our multifaceted world through tracks played in a diverse range of jazz-flecked styles. A particular favourite is Groovin' Out Back, a funky slice of Chicago-style harmonica-led blues that rocks easily. I also specifically liked Heavens Dance. Though to be honest there are no tracks on this album that are of poor quality. Cooper has backed himself with a varied selection of excellent and sympathetic musicians who add their own magic to these tracks. I guess the uneducated might class this sort of instrumental music as 'elevator muzak', though I don't agree - it takes great skill to record an album of instrumentals and keep the listener's interest piqued for the entire album. I thoroughly enjoyed Sound Travels and would like to hear more of Jessie Allen Cooper's music in the future.
ALL THAT JAZZ - May-June 2004 CD Review Corner
By CHERYL HUGHEY,
Published: May 29, 2004
Sound Travels Jessie Allen Cooper 2004
An eclectic blend of world-beats, you'll find this CD to be an easy listen. Songs vary from jazz, rock and roll to new age meditative styles. There is something for everyone in this playful collection of gorgeous melodies and colorful arrangements.
-Summer 2004, Smooth Jazz.com
-August 2004, Jazz break.com