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Hendrik Meurkens & New York SambaJazz All-Stars: In a Sentimental Mood

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Hendrik Meurkens
(Hendrik Meurkens Website)
& New York SambaJazz All-Stars
In a Sentimental Mood
Challenge Records 1999

Hendrik Meurkens on Harmonica and Vibraphone, Hélio Alves on Piano,
Romero Lubambo on Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Torben Westergaard on Bass,
Portinho on Drums, Cyro Baptista on Percussion

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
August 13, 2005

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This classic CD with a Samba twist gives the listener a rare chance to hear Hendrik Meurkens on vibraphone, as well as harmonica, two instruments not heard enough these days. Meurkens is just as dynamic on vibes as he is on harmonica.

Notable tracks:

#2 – In a Sentimental Mood - Composed by Duke Ellington. With a Samba beat to Ellington’s signature work, harmonica and piano share this theme, backed by rhythmic reminders. At times, Meurkens’ harmonica resembles a flute or violin, and, all the while, Alves serves generous portions of juicy jazz. Westergaard gets a prominent riff, too.

#5 – A Ra - Composed by J. Donato. This vivacious piece, to a Salsa clave beat, features Meurkens on vibes. Meurkens showcases members of his band, and a dance motif ensues.

#7 – Ceora - Composed by L. Morgan. This sultry and sensitive piece, a soulful Samba, meanders over waves of rippling harmonica. Bass and percussion are prominent, before one long harmonica note disappears.

#9 - Luisa - Composed by A. C. Jobim. Alves leads this duet to a mysterious mood, just as Meurkens takes Jobim’s theme. Complimented by Alves, Meurkens carries us to his sentimental mood.

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