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Harmonicus Rex

by Hendrik Meurkens

Jazz harmonica master Hendrik Meurkens, whose numerous CDs have firmly established him as an important stylist in the world of Brazilian jazz, is once again releasing a straight ahead jazz album. HARMONICUS REX pairs Meurkens with the legendary Jimmy Cobb and a stellar cast of first call New York players. Together they deliver new versions of some choice standards plus compositions by Milt Jackson, Freddie Hubbard and Dave Brubeck, as well as a few Meurkens originals. Jazz came first for Meurkens, long before the Brazilian bug caught him, and his 25 years on the New York jazz scene and his tours and recordings with Herb Ellis, Ray Brown, Paquito D'Rivera, Herbie Mann, James Moody, Charlie Byrd, Monty Alexander, Harry 'Sweets' Edison and many others have proven his mastery and documented his fresh and innovative approach to jazz harmonica alongside that of the Godfather of the instrument, Toots Thielemans.
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1. Mundell's Mood
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2. Slidin’
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3. In Your Own Sweet Way
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4. Afternoon
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5. SKJ
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6. Falling in Love with Love
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7. A Summer in San Francisco
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8. Up Jumped Spring
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9. Mean Dog Blues
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10. Darn That Dream
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11. What's New
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Hendrik Meurkens - harmonica
Dado Moroni - piano
Marco Panascia - bass
Jimmy Cobb - drums
Joe Magnarelli - trumpet, flugelhorn on tracks 1, 4, 5, 8
Anders Bostrom - alto flute on tracks 2, 5, 7, 9

Virtuoso instrumentalist and composer Hendrik Meurkens began his career in Germany playing vibes. At 19, he heard Toots Thielemans play harmonica, which totally changed his musical life. His career has taken him from Brazil to Germany, then throughout the European continent where he became a pivotal force on the studio and jazz scene, performing, composing, recording, and touring extensively with his own ensembles as well as with visiting legends Harry Sweets Edison and Buddy Tate. In 1989, he returned to Brazil to record his first album as a leader, "Samba Importado". In 1992, a trip to California led to his signing with the Concord label, and the resulting six recordings established him as the first major new voice on the harmonica since Toots Thielemans. He moved to New York in 1992 where he has lived ever since. His 24 CDs have received rave reviews and strong airplay, and established his immediately recognizable style of Brazilian Jazz. In 2014 he won the Brazilian International Press Award. Critics and the jazz listening public alike have recognized Meurkens' incredible talent, listing him repeatedly in the Downbeat and Jazziz Polls. Meurkens has worked with Ray Brown, Paquito D'Rivera, Oscar Castro-Neves, Herb Ellis, Herbie Mann, James Moody, Charlie Byrd, Jimmy Cobb, Ivan Lins, Monty Alexander, Manfredo Fest, Herb Ellis, Dori Caymmi, Toninho Horta, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Buddy Tate, Joyce, Astrud Gilberto, Roberto Menescal, Antonio Adolfo, Emilio Santiago, and many others.

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