Friday, January 27, 2012

Hendrik Meurkens

Hendrik Meurkens
The New York City Jazz Record just published my review of Hendrik Meurkens's new CD, "Live at Bird's Eye." Go to and download the paper to read it. If you live in New York, you can pick up the paper at basically any jazz club in the city.

Here's the opening paragraph:

Hendrik Meurkens, the German-born harmonica and vibraphone player, has an affinity for Brazilian music, samba and bossa nova particularly. He spent some years in Rio de Janeiro in the early ‘80s playing gigs around the city and honing his craft. His latest album is an assemblage of tracks played by his Samba Jazz Quartet - Misha Tsiganov (piano), Gustavo Amarante (bass) and Adriano Santos (drums) - and recorded, from two different nights (oddly about two years apart), at the Bird’s Eye Jazz Club in Basel, Switzerland.

The next CD I'm reviewing is "Danny Boy," by the Venezuelan pianist Edward Simon. It just came in the mail today. I listened to the opening track before I wrote this post and found it quite lovely.

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