Profiles In F*cking Awesome: Jordan Cook

Jordan Cook

…is a guy who stunned the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland during a jam session with BB King and Van Morrison. He was 15

… at the age of 17, stepped in for an AWOL Aretha Franklin at a House of Blues show in Florida and performed an entire set with her band. It went very well.

…is rocking a February-long, Sunday night residency at West Hollywood’s The Viper Room. If you’re anywhere within a 25 mile radius of the place and have 1/3 the sense your mama claims she gave you, you’ll be there.

To see Jordan Cook in the live is to feel as if you’re watching flesh become legend or something equally impressive and it’s not just because he’s blessed with archetypical rock star good looks (yes, he could easily pass for a Chris Cornell sibling).  Touring on the release of his album “Seven Deadly Sins”, his last show in LA was at The Viper Room and the joint wasn’t full, but that was fine: Cook  played as if his soul were at stake in that Robert Johnson-way for a crowd that alternated between  open-mouthed awe and  straight up rocking the fuck out. His guitar talent and Hendrix-tendencies qualify as virtuosic and aren’t something that he “does” so much as something that he “unleashes”.

He’s Canadian, but we won’t hold that against him (how “South Park” of me) because he caters to a music lover’s most primal senses. Cook’s oeuvre is the school of rock with the sludge of backwater blues and grit in its veins and, if you’re not careful, can awaken some of your more carnal tendencies in a public arena. Women will dance, undulating to the potential of six-string sin (see the title of his album for further) and dudes will feel like air-guitar gods about to get laid.  In “Black Eyes” Cook’s fierce and abrasive howl frames lyrics like, “And when she came, she said her name” and “Such a sick game; I feel no shame” so you know that rock and roll’s fundamental undercurrent of sex is present and pure and electric. Stylistically, he’s infected with the ability to make that guitar of his seem like a sixth appendage (think about it) without which he’d be incomplete, but then he closes the album “Seven Deadly Sins” with a piano-laced track like “The War” and he captures more than the ability to blow raging hot but also to soothe slow-dancingly, achingly cool.

Calling Cook a stunning live performer is like calling “The Godfather” a good movie;  with intense and uninhibited swagger, the man turns a stage into his playground and that may stem from the fact that he’s been playing since he was two.

Star in the making? If I had any real faith in this thing that we call the “music industry” I would resoundingly say, “Hell’s fucking yeah!”…but I don’t. Incomparable talent, which rivals that of the renowned musicians that he draws inspiration and praise from, is not the harbinger that it used to be. Still, your next order of business is to catch one of Jordan Cook’s shows at The Viper Room. A legendary club fit for a legend-in-the-making.

Sidebar: I want to meet this man. Give him a friendly ass-grab, touch his Fender (yes, I mean the guitar), learn what goes through the mind of such a phenomenal axe slinger. That didn’t happen at the last show because I was too busy recovering from the blunt force trauma of his set. But hey, now I’ve got a month of Sundays to make it so.

Viper Room + Jordan Cook = Be there.

http://www.jordancook.com/seven-deadly-sins/

http://www.viperroom.com/

A visual aid of badass proportions:


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7 responses to “Profiles In F*cking Awesome: Jordan Cook

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  2. Girl…I LOVE this write up! You hit it on the head perfectly. I heart you and your writings…all of them. =)

  3. I’m long time friend of Jordan’s in Canada and he is finally coming into his own fame in Hollywood! He is a treasure to all rock n rollers and is a very special born talent. Thanks for the wonderful review and I would love to see him in the Viper.

    • Hi Judy. Thanks for taking the time to read this. I have to tell you that, just as a real music fan looking from the outside in, he’s an absolute joy to see and hear, and the folks who work at Viper love him. I suspect there will be a lot of bartenders and waitresses neglecting their duties in lieu of watching his set:-).

    • I have had the pleasure of knowing Jordan for almost fourteen years and let me tell ya, he’s as much of a gentleman as he’s a future rock legend. I’m going to see U2 in concert in a couple of months and I’m a huge U2 fan but I’m more excited to see Jordan play than going to the U2 concert. He’s truly a gifted person with an amazing soul!

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