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Hendrik Meurkens
plays Antonio Carlos Jobim and the Brazilian Songbook


Hendrik Meurkens  (harm, vib)
Misha Tsiganov (p)
Gustavo Amarante  (b)
Adriano Santos (dr)


Einige der herausragenden Künstler der New Yorker Szene haben sich in “Hendrik Meurkens Sambajazz Quartet” zusammengefunden um die Musik aus dem „Great Bazilian Songbook“ aus der Sichtweise des Jazz zu interpretieren. Gespielt werden neben einschlägigen Standards hauptsächlich Kompositionen aus der Feder von Hendrik Meurkens – die meisten davon sind auf den zahlreichen CDs der Gruppe verewigt.
Die Band hat 9 CDs aufgenommen, davon 5 auf dem angesehenen Concord Label. Drei dieser Produktionen waren in den Top Five der Jazz-Radio-Charts.
Die Gruppe war auf ausgedehnten Tourneen und bei den wichtigen Festivals in Europa und den USA zu hören.
Der einzigartige Sound der Band definiert sich über Hendrik Meurkens’ „Markenzeichen“, nämlich den Sound der Jazzharmonica und dem Vibraphon, ergänzt durch die fantastisch swingende Rhythmsection.

Hendrik Meurkens
wird von Kritikern und Fans gleichermaßen als „new jazz harmonica voice“ gefeiert. Er lebt seit 1992 in New York und hat sich neben Toots Thielemans als wichtigste „Stimme der Jazz-Harmonica“ etabliert. Seine sechs Alben für CONCORD JAZZ, von denen mehrere in den Top Five der American Jazz Charts zu finden waren, haben seine unglaubliche Beherrschung des Instrumentes aber auch seine musikalische Vielseitigkeit demonstriert. Seit er Anfang der 80er Jahre für einige Zeit in Rio de Janairo gelebt hat ist er eng mit der brasilianischen Jazzszene verbunden. Bereits damals hat er mit führenden brasilianischen Musikern aufgenommen und gespielt.
Hendrik, der neben der Harmonica ebenso virtuos das Vibraphon spielt, tourte mit dem Ray Brown Trio in Japan. Er war zu den meisten Major Festivals eingeladen – er ist ständig in den New Yorker Jazzclubs zu hören, sein Quartet spielte z.B. den Eröffnungsabend des neuen Birdland Jazzclub.
Hendrik hat 15 CDs als Bandleader aufgenommen, mit Gästen wie Ivan Lins, Paquito D’Rivera, Jimmy Cobb oder Manfredo Fest und 4 CDs als Coleader mit Herb Ellis, Mundell Lowe und Nilson Matta. Als Gast war Hendrik Meurkens u.a. von folgenden Kollegen zu Konzerten oder Aufnahmen eingeladen: Monty Alexander, Herb Ellis, Paquito D’Rivera, Jimmy Cobb, Herbie Mann, Charlie Byrd, Lionel Hampton, James Moody, Ivan Lins, Manfredo Fest, Sweets Edison, Buddy Tate, Claudio Roditi, Phil Woods u. v. a.
Er ist auch ein erfolgreicher Komponist. Seine Musik wurde u.a. von Claudio Roditi, Paquito D’Rivera und Manfredo Fest aufgenommen und ist z.B. in dem Hollywood Film „Dolores Claiborne“ zu hören.
Als wichtigster Jazz-Harmonica-Spieler seit Toots Thielemans wurde Hendrik im Jahr 2000 vom „International Harmonica Summit“ in Minneapolis und 2001 vom „World Harmonica Festival“ in Trossingen als Solist engagiert.

Critics and Musicians Are Talking about Hendrik Meurkens

“Meurkens comes out of Toots Thielemans but has his own things to say in an even more boppish mode.”
Ira Gitler, Jazz Times

“…Meurkens performed a rare Washington engagement at Twins Jazz over the weekend and readily demonstrated his melodic flair and harmonic assurance -- virtues that enhanced the ballads and enlivened the swing tunes. Like Thielemans, who frequently doubles on guitar, Meurkens is a switch-hitter. He spent the opening set on Friday night alternately playing the chromatic harmonica and the vibraphone. His phrasing on harmonica, though sometimes punctuated by fanciful multi-octave runs, was invariably clean, fluid and expressive. Particularly enjoyable were the ballad interpretations, which ranged from the soulful ("I Can't Get Started") to the insouciant ("Like Someone in Love"). Both performances were distinguished by unruffled technique and winning lyricism."
Mike Joyce, Washington Post

“Surrounded by an outstanding rhythm section, the leader seems to feed of their enthusiasm. “Scrapple from the Apple” brings four particularly impressive sets of chops to the platform. Performed at a blazing tempo, the Charlie Park nod summarizes the recommended album thoughtfully and reminds us that virtuoso jazz artists don’t just appear out of nowhere. These guy have paid their dues, and Meurkens has earned the right to carry the jazz harmonica torch.”
Jim Santella – All About Jazz, March, 2001

“He plays his main instrument, the chromatic harmonica, and shows the supple melodious grace and underlying improvisational moxie that makes him one of the precious few musicians to extend the Toots Thielemans tradition of chromatic harp – virtuosity in check with taste.” –
Josef Woodard – JazzTimes, May, 2000

“…one of the world’s leading exponents of the jazz harmonica…”
Marcela Breton, JazzTimes

“…he has a natural inclination for seeking out beauty, for breathing harmony of color into themes and extemporizations.”
Frank-John Hadley, Downbeat

“…his albums for Concord have more then established him as a major innovator…”
Mark Holston, Jazziz

“Meurkens has proved to be a unique player with his own sound and approach.”
Winslow T. Yerxa, Harmonica Magazine

“Hendrik Meurkens has secured a firm hold on second place behind Toots in the jazz world. He tackles the challenging material with apparent ease, coming upw ith fresh and very fluent statements.”
Scott Yanow, Cadence

“If you haven’t hear this eloquent jazz player, you’re missing out on one amazing aural experience.”
Brian Humek, JAM Magazine

“He has a distinctively warm tone and his grasp of the basic bebop vernacular is thorough.”
Barry McRae, Jazz Journal International

“If Jazz has become a world music (and it has), then Meurkens is certainly a symbol of the music’s diverse cultural qualities…”
Nicholas Catalano, Chelsea Clinton News

“The ease with which Meurkens masters a chromatic harmonica is evident in the fluidity of his lines and phrasing.”
Nance Ann Lee – Jazz & Blues Report

“With flawless intonation and time, and a deep bag of solo ideas, Meurkens could be favorably compared to the great Toots Thielemans and the best who’ve ever elevated the status of the ‘Mississippi saxophone.”
Dan Emerson – Pulse Magazine, Feburary, 2001

“Back in Brazil, I had the chance to work with Mauricio Einhorn and Rildo Hora (two top Brazilian harmonica players) and Toots Thielemans, and all I can say is Hendrik combines that Brazilian samba swing with Toot’s virtuosity. He’s an amazing musician.”
Nilson Matta

"Hendrik's understanding of the Brazilian music vocabulary is absolute...His music feels like the work of a native Brazilian composer. Hendrik Meurkens is one of those rare musicians who makes you listen to his instrument - the harmonica - as a virtuoso instrument."
Claudio Roditi

“Working on Amazon River let me even closer to the talents of Hendrik Meurkens. To be proficient on the harmonica is a milestone in itself. Blowing out produces one note, breathing in produces another. To play legato, to have fluidity and the proper dynamics in this difficult instrument means endless hours of dedication. Hendrik has an awesome technique, a great sense of improvisation and a very personal way of navigating complex harmonies. Adding to that is his wonderful artistry on the vibraphone, another instrument that Hendrik commands with great grace and expression. Yet another extra element of his talents is the way he plays Brazilian music. I strongly suspect that his soul was born somewhere among the trees and the rivers of Brazil, so native are his performances. I hope “Amazon River” will help disseminate the wonderful music that comes straight out of Hendrik’s heart. It will move you.”
Oscar Castro-Neves

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Misha Tsiganov began to play piano at the age of six and graduated from Mussorgsky College of Music. In 1990 Misha received prize-winner-diploma of the All-Russia Jazz Competition. He moved to the USA in 1991, to study at the Berklee College of Music. Misha is the featured pianist on the Bill Cosby television cartoon Little Bill, where Misha worked 1999-2002. Misha has performed and recorded with such musicians as Clark Terry, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Joe Chambers, Gary Bartz, Dave Valentin, Chico Freeman, Claudio Roditi, John Faddis, Richie Cole, Bobby Watson, Victor Lewis, Joe Lock, Norman Hedman, Johnny Colon, Papo Pepin, Ray Vega, Bobby Porcelly, Antonio Sanchez, Graig Handy, John Benitez, Donny McCaslin, Bobby Sanabria, Gene Jackson and others.

Born in 1973 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, bassist Gustavo Amarante began his musical studies at the Fundaçao de Educaçao Artîstica and Fundaçao Clovis Salgado, and he started to play professionally when he was 18 years old. Gustavo moved to the US in 1994, to attend the Berklee College of Music. His credits include performances with guitarist Aquiles Bez, Argentinean guitarist Luis Salinas, singer Simn D’az, drummer Bob, tango singer Katie Viqueira, Brazilian singer Teresa Ins, pianist Alon Yavnai, vibraphonist Victor Mendoza, Brazilian singer Giana Viscardi, pianist Alain Mallet, saxophonist Carlos Malta, and pianist Helio Alves.

Born in Sao Paulo, Brasil, in 1966, Adriano Santos is part of a new generation of Brazilian drummers. He begun his drum studies at the age of twelve at Zimbo Trio Music School in his hometown. In 1988 he moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music where he got his B.A. in Film Scoring. Moving to New York in 1995, Adriano started his Masters Degree at City College of New York where he had the chance to enjoy ensemble lessons with great jazz legend Ron Carter. As a professional he has performed with top international artists such as Astrud Gilberto, Gal Costa, Leny Andrade, Luciana Souza, Romero Lubambo, Nelson Faria, Leo Gandelman, Paulo Moura, Eumir Deodato, John Pizzarelli, Cliff Korman, Santi Dibriano.

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