domingo, 28 de septiembre de 2014

New CD JUNITY -Hendrik Meurkens & Misha Tsiganov- Enters Top 15 of Jazz Charts

Enters Top 15 of Jazz Charts 
Hendrik Meurkens & Misha Tsiganov's CD JUNITY, an album very different from Hendrik Meurkens'
previous Brazilian-tinged releases, has been out for a couple of months and received great reviews and very strong airplay. The album features two settings - duo (harmonica/piano) and quartet (plus bass & drums, played by Oleg Osenkov and Willard Dyson). Arranged by Misha, the repertoire includes two Beatles songs, a Monk tune, some originals, a Jobim tune, an Etude by Scriabin, and more. The music is best described as Modern Chamber Music, and here the lyrical side of the harmonica comes to full shine. But it also features some up-tempo tunes, most notably Misha's arrangement of Pent-up House. 


This is the video that Bret Primack produced to accompany the CD

Dynamic Duo:  Hendrik Meurkens & Misha Tsiganov - Junity
-  The current JazzWeek's Jazz Chart - 
JUNITY is  now #14, amid tough competition
Look for the album on iTunes and CD Baby

Meurkens has nothing left to prove about his chops and abilities so he did the only thing a virtuoso harmonica player can do in that situation, he channeled his inner Toots Thielemans and let fly with a killer set of duo and quartet tracks...Utterly gorgeous playing that starts in jazz and proceeds to let the sky be the limit..Meurkens has really raised the bar here...  -  Chris Spector  -  Midwestrecord
The majority of the duo material is extremely lyrical, projecting a sense of longing...Regardless of the mood, Junity does what it sets out do: it shines a light on the beautifully collaborative nature of the Meurkens -Tsiganov partnership. It's a match made in heaven.  -  Dan Bilawsky  -
Why is it that all the great jazz harmonica players - and I do mean all - have always been European? The greatest, of course, was the sublime Belgian Toots Thielmans. Not far behind, though, (is) the German-born Dutch musician Hendrik Meurkens...No American really comes anywhere close to them. This latest from Meurkens is one of his better discs...Their seven duo tracks are delicious.  -  Jeff Simon  -
Mr. Meurkens is a master of revelation. He has such superior breath control that he is capable of filling notes with such perfect pitch and absolutely precise timbre almost as if he designed the notes themselves. There are those who believe that Mr. Meurkens plays like a horn player. But he is actually one better than that. He plays as if he is singing an aria in an opera...Mr. Tsiganov fills his music with delightful motifs and surrounds these with brilliant melismas...This is a masterpiece of an album.  -  Raul da Gama  -
If you're a harmonica fan look no further than Junity from harmonica virtuoso Hendrik Meurkens and brilliant pianist Misha Tsiganov, who almost steals the show...There's a soiree atmosphere on all 13 tracks ...One can hear the respect they have for each other and for the music itself. The quartet livens things up on "Pent Up House" and "West Coast Blues" all in all, a little gem.  -

New Videos on YouTube
Here are a couple of videos from a concert that the Samba Jazz Quartet did in Erie, PA, this August.
W/ Misha Tsiganov, piano; Gustavo Amarante, bass; Adriano Santos, drums
Hendrik Meurkens Quartet Live at Romolo Chocolates Part I
Hendrik Meurkens Quartet Live at Romolo Chocolates Part I
Hendrik Meurkens Quartet performance at Romolo Chocolates Part II
Hendrik Meurkens Quartet performance at Romolo Chocolates Part II

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