Hendrik Meurkens: Poema Brasileiro
This is one of those albums where a variety of elements come together in all the right ways. It's satisfying both as contemporary acoustic jazz and as modern Brazilian. Musicians from both Americas work together beautifully. Four Meurkens originals, plus a composition from band member Steve Sacks, blend seamlessly with three Jobim standards and two Lins gems. Arrangers Jay Ashby, Sacks, and Meurkens give all the tunes fresh new treatment. The most interesting and unique arrangement is Ashby's chart on the standard "Angel Eyes" ' he sets it to a funky, urban Samba beat with Meurkens switching to vibes, and it succeeds wonderfully. Ashby adds a smooth mellowness to the program with his trombone playing, too - an instrument that's not heard frequently enough in today's music.
Record Label: Concord Music Group