Jazz harmonica master, vibraphonist and composer HENDRIK MEURKENS
has two new albums on this year's Latin Grammy ballots.
SAMBA LITTLE SAMBA
Hendrik Meurkens' new album with Gabriel Espinosa features an All-Star cast including Anat Cohen, Antonio Sanchez and Tierney Sutton. This is their second album for ZOHO, featuring a World Music approach to Brazilian jazz by adding Gabriel's Yucatacan background to the mix.
"Hendrik Meurkens...is fast becoming a superstar of his instruments: the harmonica and the vibraphone...On the harmonica he is now the bona fide heir apparent to Toots Thielemans...This partnership with the bassist Gabriel Espinosa has yielded two Zoho albums so far... Both are superb recordings..." Raul da Gama - latinjazznetwork
"Demonstrating yet once more after their initial successful collaboration on Celebrando that you don't need to be a Brazilian to have an authentic feel for Brazilian jazz, Mexican bassist Gabriel Espinosa and harmonica/vibes master Hendrik Meurkens' Samba Little Samba offers an exciting menu of Brazilian sounds..." Jack Goodstein - Blogcritics
"Meurkens, who stole the show on Celebrando, remains a captivating personality on harmonica and vibraphone...Samba Little Samba is a musical ray of sunshine." Dan Bilawsky - AllAboutJazz
"Hendrik Meurkens has been one of the foremost proponents of the Brazilian genre for decades now...Samba Little Samba serves up another delicious taste of the Brazilian-style with a good measure of swing, song and much, much more..." Edward Blanco - All About Jazz
"It's a cliché to say that music is a universal language, but "Samba Little Samba", the newest CD by Gabriel Espinosa and Hendrik Meurkens shows the truth inside that old maxim...There's been plenty of talk lately about jazz belonging only to blacks and samba belonging only to Brazilians, but "Samba Little Samba" proves those arguments wrong with its very existence." Tom Cunniffe - Jazzhistoryonline.com
A Brazilian Jazz album featuring legendary composer/ arranger/ pianist Antonio Adolfo and Rio-based singer Carol Saboya. This is Hendrik Meurkens' most Brazilian album to date thanks to the wonderful arrangements by Maestro Antonio Adolfo and the soothing voice of Carol Saboya. Featured are some lesser known gems by Jobim, fresh arrangements of AGUA DE BEBER and GAROTA DE IPANEMA, and a few of Meurkens' Brazilian songs, now with Portuguese lyrics by Sergio Paulo Valle and Ana Terra.
BRAZILIAN - Category 37 - Best MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) Album
"[A] super constellation of stellar musicians [in] a tribute largely to the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, graced by the wonderful musicality of Ms. Saboya, backed by the virtuosity and emotional fullness of Antonio Adolfo and Hendrik Meurkens." -- Raul da Gama, Latin Jazz Network
"three leading voices in Brazilian Jazz . . deliver a wonderful set of original compositions and traditional standards with beauty and grace." --Chip Boaz, Latin Jazz Corner
"This beautiful music flows in the Brazilian breeze, inducing smiles and soothing ears as it flies along. Saboya, Adolfo, and Meurkens prove to be a well-matched set of charmers, delivering seductive and stylish songs in seemingly effortless fashion." -- Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz