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Hendrik Meurkens: The Jazz Meurkengers

Read "The Jazz Meurkengers" reviewed by Edward Blanco


When one thinks of the jazz harmonica, two names immediately come to mind, the late great Toots Thielemans and the incomparable Hendrik Meurkens whose new project The Jazz Meurkengers fully captures Meurkens' desire to produce a new and exciting swinging jazz album. While Meurkens learned to play the vibraphone first at the age of sixteen growing up in Germany and still does quite well, it is the harmonica that has become his preferred instrument of choice and the one he ...

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Hendrik Meurkens: The Jazz Meurkengers

Read "The Jazz Meurkengers" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Harmonica virtuoso Hendrik Meurkens brought together an outstanding group of musicians in The Jazz Meurkengers, which is a swinging tribute to the allure of hard-bop jazz. Supported by the resourceful and highly adaptable rhythm section of pianist Steve Ash, bassist Chris Berger and drummer Andy Watson, the band was augmented by the impeccable guitarist Ed Cherry on four tracks and bebop tenor saxophonist Nick Hampton on four different tracks giving the ensemble the energy, creativity, and reverence of the jazz ...

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Jill McCarron Trio: Gin

Read "Gin" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Gin, pianist Jill McCarron says of the title of her second recording as leader of the Jill McCarron Trio, refers to the card game of that name, and not to the alcoholic beverage. She balances the joy of winning with the luck of the draw in her entrancing three-part suite. While McCarron leads an admirable threesome (Paul Gill, bass; Andy Watson, drums), this is a trio album with an asterisk, as saxophonist Vincent Herring sits in on four numbers (including ...

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Scott Reeves: The Alchemist

Read "The Alchemist" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Trombonist, composer and band leader Scott Reeves once performed a live concert at the City College of New York with his then quintet, which has now been documented as his newest offering entitled The Alchemist. However, new is not the operative word here, as this musical event took place on May 5th, 2005. While concentrating on compositions and recordings for his jazz orchestra over the last ten years, the pandemic provided Reeves with the opportunity to review the music he ...

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Scott Reeves Quintet: The Alchemist

Read "The Alchemist" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Devastating as it has been, the global Covid-19 pandemic has produced a few upsides as well, one of which is the rediscovery by versatile Scott Reeves of a concert that his quintet performed sixteen years ago, in May 2005, at the City College of New York. With time on his hands as a result of the scarcity of gigs during the pandemic, Reeves visited his archives and found the recording, which he never intended to release owing to audio issues. ...

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Jill McCarron Trio with Will Anderson: Jazz Motif

Read "Jazz Motif" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Pianist Jill McCarron's latest recording, Jazz Motif, gets off to a flying start with Will Anderson's irrepressible alto saxophone setting the pace on a fiery rendition of “All God's Chillun Got Rhythm" and his radiant flute showcased on John Lewis' groovy “Concorde." Alas, Anderson isn't heard again until Tracks 7 (Clare Fischer's “Ontem a Noite") and 9 (Antonio Carlos Jobim's “Chovendo Na Roseira"), both on flute, and uncases the alto only one more time, on Horace Silver's buoyant “Cool Eyes." ...

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Peter Bernstein & Guido Di Leone Quartet: Tribute to Jim Hall

Read "Tribute to Jim Hall" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo


Tribute to Jimmy Hall è ad oggi uno dei più riusciti omaggi discografici all'arte di questo grande maestro della chitarra jazz, scomparso otto anni fa. La dimensione live, ricca di momenti felici, ne ha ricreato tutto l'intenso lirismo apolinneo che rendeva ogni sua nota indispensabile. L'affinità stilistica che lega Peter Bernstein e Guido Di Leone produce un raffinato dialogo musicale in cui prevalgono le proverbiali sottigliezze melodiche e timbriche che Hall amava riversare anche nei brani dal mood ...

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Gin

Self Produced
2024

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The Jazz Meurkengers

Cellar Music Group
2024

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Tribute to Jim Hall

Abeat Records
2021

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Jazz Motif

Self Produced
2021

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The Alchemist

Origin Records
2021

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The Scrapper

Cellar Records
2020

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The Alchemist

From: The Alchemist
By Andy Watson

New Bamboo

From: The Alchemist
By Andy Watson

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