HENDRIK MEURKENS

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Ever since he started taking harmonica solos in the mid-'50s, Toots Thielemans has been without any close competition on his instrument, at least until Hendrik Meurkens arrived on the scene. Born in Germany to Dutch parents, Meurkens began as a vibraphonist, not playing harmonica until he heard Thielemans when he was 19. He traveled to the U.S. to study at Berklee and spent time in Brazil in the early '80s, during which he immersed himself in Brazilian jazz. Back in Berlin, Meurkens worked in the studios, but also recorded with the Danish Radio Orchestra and had his own jazz group. He made a record in Brazil for the Bellaphon label (1989) and since 1991 has recorded several sets for Concord and Concord Picante as a leader, in addition to appearing on records as a sideman with Charlie Byrd.

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HENDRIK MEURKENS Hendrik Meurkens Featuring David Friedman ‎: Samba Importado album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hendrik Meurkens Featuring David Friedman ‎: Samba Importado
Latin Jazz 1990
HENDRIK MEURKENS Sambahia (Featuring Paquito D'Rivera & Claudio Roditi) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sambahia (Featuring Paquito D'Rivera & Claudio Roditi)
Latin Jazz 1991
HENDRIK MEURKENS Clear of Clouds album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Clear of Clouds
Latin Jazz 1992
HENDRIK MEURKENS A View From Manhattan album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A View From Manhattan
Latin Jazz 1993
HENDRIK MEURKENS Slidin' album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Slidin'
Post Bop 1994
HENDRIK MEURKENS The Hendrik Meurkens Sambajazz Quartet : October Colors album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Hendrik Meurkens Sambajazz Quartet : October Colors
Latin Jazz 1995
HENDRIK MEURKENS Poema Brasileiro album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Poema Brasileiro
Latin Jazz 1996
HENDRIK MEURKENS Dig This Samba album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dig This Samba
Latin Jazz 1998
HENDRIK MEURKENS Quiet Moments album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Quiet Moments
Latin Jazz 1998
HENDRIK MEURKENS In a Sentimental Mood album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In a Sentimental Mood
Latin Jazz 1999
HENDRIK MEURKENS New York Nights album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New York Nights
Latin Jazz 2000
HENDRIK MEURKENS Amazon River album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Amazon River
Latin Jazz 2005
HENDRIK MEURKENS New York Samba Jazz Quintet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New York Samba Jazz Quintet
Latin Jazz 2007
HENDRIK MEURKENS Sambatropolis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sambatropolis
Latin Jazz 2008
HENDRIK MEURKENS Samba to Go! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Samba to Go!
Latin Jazz 2009
HENDRIK MEURKENS A Night In Jakarta album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Night In Jakarta
Post Bop 2010
HENDRIK MEURKENS Celebrando (with Gabriel Espinosa) album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Celebrando (with Gabriel Espinosa)
Latin Jazz 2012
HENDRIK MEURKENS Hendrik Meurkens/Misha Tsiganov : Junity album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hendrik Meurkens/Misha Tsiganov : Junity
Latin Jazz 2014
HENDRIK MEURKENS Harmonicus Rex album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Harmonicus Rex
Hard Bop 2016
HENDRIK MEURKENS Hendrik Meurkens & Bill Cunliffe : Cabin In The Sky album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hendrik Meurkens & Bill Cunliffe : Cabin In The Sky
Post Bop 2018
HENDRIK MEURKENS Cobb's Pocket album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Cobb's Pocket
Hard Bop 2019

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HENDRIK MEURKENS Live At Bird's Eye album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Bird's Eye
Latin Jazz 2011

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HENDRIK MEURKENS Cobb's Pocket

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For those not hip to pro musician lingo, the word pocket refers to keeping a steady groove, and if a drummer has ‘pocket’, then the rest of the band can solo with confidence knowing their man is not going to drop the beat or lose the momentum. One of the kings of pocket for several decades now has been Jimmy Cobb, the drummer for Miles Davis’ famous groove fest known as “Kind of Blue”, as well as countless other well known jazz recordings on up to the present. It should come as no surprise then that when Hendrik Meurkens wanted to record his new album of hard bop and soul jazz numbers he reached out to his old friend Jimmy to man the drum chair one more time, hence his new CD title, “Cobb’s Pocket”. Joining Hendrik and Cobb on here are two other veterans who have jammed often with Meurkens in the past, Mike LeDonne on B3 and Peter Bernstein on guitar.

Hendrik is somewhat of an odd one in the jazz world in that he is a virtuoso harmonica player. He started out on vibraphone, which he still teaches, but switched to harmonica early on and remains one of the few jazz performers on the instrument. Don’t expect too much of the bluesy and country sounding clichés we often associate with the harmonica, instead, Meurken’s playing is infused with rapid bebop runs that recall saxophonists like Charlie Parker and Eric Dolphy. Some of the wide interval leaps he takes almost sound like vibraphone licks, possibly he pictures the vibe keyboard while choosing his notes. LeDonne and Bernstein fill out the sound with a mix of blues and bop sourced soulful solos.

Three of the tunes are Henrik originals. Meurken’s tunes remind me of 60s Quincy Jones in that they would make for great TV theme songs. Other tunes include a Latin flavored Mancini “Slow Hot Wind” and Sam Jones’ hard driving “Unit Seven”. Possibly the top track is the high speed title tune, “Cobb’s Pocket”.

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