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Hendrik Meurkins - Samba to Go! (2009)

25 November 2009
Music | Jazz | Bossa Nova

Hendrik Meurkins - Samba to Go! (2009)

Artist: Hendrik Meurkins
Title Of Album: Samba to Go!
Year Of Release: 2009
Label: Zoho
Genre: Jazz, Bossa Nova, Brazilian Jazz
Quality: mp3
Bitrate: VBR, ~200 kbps
Total Size: 74 mb
Web Site: OffSite


01. Spaceburger
02. Odessa In April
03. Samba To Go!
04. So Tinha De Ser Com Voce
05. Choro No. 14
06. Mountain Drive
07. Joe's Donut
08. Bossa Sketch
09. A Choro For
10. My Foolish Heart

Hot new Brazilian Jazz with a New York City vibe by Dutch-born, German-raised harmonica & vibes ace Hendrik Meurkens with his new working quartet & guests.

Hendrik Meurkens: harmonica, vibes;
Rodrigo Ursaia: tenor saxaphone, soprano saxophone,flutes;
Mish Tsiganov: piano,
Fender Rhodes;
Gustavo Armante: bass;
Adriano Santos: drums,pandeiro, percussions;
Luiz Simas: piano(9);
Ze Mauricio: congas, pandeiro, percussions (3, 7, 9).


Hendrik Meurkens, a virtuoso on both the chromatic harmonica and the vibraphone, is the most important jazz harmonica player since Toots Thielemans. German-born but now based in New York, Meurkens' recordings and performances garner worldwide acclaim because the transcendent beauty of his music has universal appeal.

A two-mallet player in the tradition of Milt Jackson and Bobby Hutcherson, Hendrik Meurkens was en-route to being an instantly recognizable vibraphonist when he heard Toots Thielemans. Inspired by the sound of Thielemans' harmonica, he taught himself the difficult-to-master instrument.

Hendrik Meurkens' other life-changing musical experience was his introduction to samba and bossa nova. He was so moved by Brazilian music that after perfecting his unique musical voice at Berklee, as a vibraphone major, he moved to Rio in the early 80s to totally immerse himself in music and culture of Brazil.

A regular Monday night gig at the popular Rio club, Bar 21, soon demonstrated his acceptance by Brazilian musicians. Meurkens’ poignant, emotionally affecting harmonica proved to be a sound that Brazilians strongly embraced, and during his Rio days, he met many musicians who later became collaborators in both Europe and New York.

Back in Germany by '83, he became a respected studio musician, recording with European Radio Orchestras and leading his own groups, as well as accompanying visiting legends like Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison and Buddy Tate.

Within ten years, he had established himself as the “new jazz harmonica voice,” and moved to New York, thanks to an exclusive contract with the prestigious label, Concord Records. He has since recorded fifteen albums, and continues to perform as both a guest artist, and with his own groups, both in festivals and clubs globally.

Hendrik Meurkens’ profound involvement in both jazz and Brazilian music resulted in a very personal and instantly recognizable version of Samba jazz. This music, a cross-cultural amalgam guaranteed to touch the heart, features his harmonica and vibes along with piano, bass and drums, playing his stirring originals and arrangements. The group has been documented on a number of CDs, most notably the Hendrik Meurkens desert island disc, October Colors.

As a featured artist, he has recorded with Charlie Byrd, Jimmy Cobb, Ivan Lins, Monty Alexander, Claudio Roditi ,Manfredo Fest and Mundell Lowe, as well as backing such leading artists as Astrid Gilberto and Olivia Newton John and touring with the Ray Brown Trio, Paquito D'Rivera, Oscar Castro Neves, Herb Ellis, Herbie Mann, Charlie Byrd, and James Moody among many others.

Also a successful composer (his compositions have been recorded by other artists and featured in the Hollywood movie, “Dolores Claiborne,”) Hendrik Meurkens remains equally at home playing jazz or Brazilian music. “My mission is simple,” he explains. “I want to create music of great beauty.”

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