Misha Tsiganov, piano
Gustavo Amarante, bass
Adriano Santos, drums
From tranquil Bossa Nova treatments to burning New York Samba Jazz versions by the way of inspired Chorinhos and in-the-pocket Sambafunk, The Hendrik Meurkens Samba Jazz Quartet explores the wide terrain of Brazilian Jazz. The unique sound of the band is defined by Hendrik Meurkens' trademark sound of Jazz harmonica and vibes plus the immensely swinging rhythm section he brings with him.
The group explores the Great Brazilian Songbook from a Jazz point of view and features compositions by Hendrik, many of which are documented on numerous CDs. The band has recorded 12 CDs, five of them for the prestigious Concord Label. Hendrik's latest release, SAMBA TO GO!, is the culmination of his lifelong love of Brazilian music.
Hendrik Meurkens, a virtuoso on both the chromatic harmonica and the vibraphone, is the most important jazz harmonica player since Toots Thielemans. German-born but not based in New York, Meurkens' recordings and performances garner worldwide acclaim because the transcendent beauty of his music has universal appeal. Hendrik Meurkens' profound involvement in both jazz and Brazilian music resulted in a very personal and instantly recognizable version of Samba jazz. This music, a cross-cultural amalgam guaranteed to touch the heart, features his harmonica and vibes along with piano, bass and drums, playing his stirring originals and arrangements.
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