"The first Smooth - Jazz
Rodger Lifeset - Peer Pressure
Tracks recorded featuring some of LA's
top session musicians.
The pop instrumental set was produced by Jessie Allen Cooper
and former Rippington Steve Reid, and recorded at Steve Reid's
Sonic Jungle on The Famous Trident Console from the old A&M
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
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 instruments 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
Sometimes it seems like it was only yesterday,
but it was almost 20 years ago when Jessie Cooper and I embarked
on our first recording project together. I had just built The
Sonic Jungle Studios and Jessie's project, "Moment in Time,"
was one of the first in a long line of successful records.
It was great working with Jessie back then and, like a fine wine,
time has made it even better. Fast forward twenty yearswith eight
CDs to Jessie's credit, three of which we collaborated on. And
here we are at the end of another project.
This record is mature and engaging; it
crosses many musical genres and will sonically jump right out
of your speakers. As usual, Jessie and I both put our hearts
into this one, and I think there are some real gems on it.
One of my objectives for "Let's Connect" was to show
the world another side of Jessie Cooper. I wanted to feature
Jessie's natural talent with his first instrument, the Blues
Harmonica. Jessie reaches deeply within his soul when he plays
the Harp (Harmonica). The mixture of Harp and Sax within a myriad
of organic and world textures will surprise and delight even
the most discriminating ear.
Produced by: Jessie Allen Cooper and Steve
Mixed by: Steve Reid at The Sonic Jungle Studio
Recorded at: The Sonic Jungle Studio, North Hollywood, CA.
Cooper Sound Waves, Santa Monica, CA, Krizman's Farm, Venice,
Engineers: Steve Reid, Rick Krizman and Jessie Allen Cooper;
Pro Tools editing and mixing - Steve Reid; MIDI sequencing,
pre-production and track transfers - Steve Reid and Steve Katz.
Mastered by: Eric Labson at MCA/Universal
Creative Manager: Rose Rossier
Cover Design / Layout: Brian S. Hanish and Julianna White
Photos by: B. Hanish, S. Matteo, J. Cooper, Nicolas S. Brown
/ Paula S.,
Pixie Vision Productions / S. Reid, and Lori Hoffman /Jessie
by the Ocean.
Creative Consultant & Digital Promotion: Suzanne Doucet
Computer Editing and Prepress: Brian S. Hanish - Paradox Productions
CSW Studio I.T.: Chris Danes
Special Thanks: Howard Hansen, Claudia Krikorian, Bob and Diane
Burkinshaw, Michael Ewing, Jerry and Nancy Cooper, Chris and
Danes, John Azzaro, John Beatty, Chick Bragg,
Jones & O'Malley, my Mom Lucille Chester,
my late Step Dad Don Chester and
Family and Friends for their support.
© 2008(p) Cooper Sound