Hendrik Meurkens: Mountain Drive


Mountain Drive


Hendrik Meurkens (harmonica)


Samba To Go! (Zoho Music ZM-200901)

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Hendrik Meurkens (harmonica), Rodrigo Ursaia (tenor and soprano sax, flute, alto flute), Misha Tsiganov (piano, Fender Rhodes), Gustavo Amarente (bass), Adriano Santos (percussion).

Composed by Hendrik Meurkens


Recorded: Acoustic Recording, Brooklyn, New York. June 9 & 10, 2008.


Rating: 86/100 (learn more)

Not too many years ago (I really don't want to say), the sum total of my experience with the harmonica in a jazz context was the Harmonicats show I went to as a little boy down in Lantana, Floridan. OK, it wasn't really jazz, but it was the harmonica. You won't be surprised to learn that my jazz brain was populated with the likes of Toots Thielemans not long after my jazz snobbery phase came into being. I sort of felt bad that I'd wasted all of those years ignoring this wonderful instrument.

On “Mountain Drive,” Hendrik Meurkens takes advantage of the harmonica's ability to project upbeat and happy emotion in both solo and duo (with Rodrigo Ursaia on saxophone) settings. Adding to the mood is a very cool Fender Rhodes solo taken mid-song by Misha Tsiganov.

If this track fails to bring a smile to your face, you're in a worse mood than you thought!

Reviewer: Mark Saleski


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