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Gabriel Espinosa/Hendrik Meurkens: Samba Little Samba

Read "Samba Little Samba" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Mexican-born bassist Gabriel Espinosa and German-born harmonica specialist Hendrik Meurkens--though coming from vastly different backgrounds--have always had a common passion for the bossa nova and the samba. Continuing their successful collaboration of the past, the two co-leaders join forces once again for another Brazilian musical dance on Samba Little Samba and follow up to their highly-acclaimed ...

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Gabriel Espinosa/Hendrik Meurkens: Samba Little Samba

Read "Samba Little Samba" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The hundredth release on the Zoho imprint was the aptly-titled Celebrando (Zoho Music, 2012)--the debut collaboration between Gabriel Espinosa and Hendrik Meurkens. This follow-up date, arriving a little more than two years later, is cut from the same musical cloth, though a few minor personnel changes and role adjustments give this one its own identity.

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Hendrik Meurkens: Live at Bird's Eye

Read "Live at Bird's Eye" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Live at Bird's Eye embodies the truly global nature of modern jazz: Meurkens' fourth ZOHO release was recorded at two concerts performed at the Bird's Eye Jazz Club in Basel (Switzerland) by his Samba Jazz Quartet, which features this German-born vibes and harmonica player with Russian pianist Misha Tsiganov and the rhythm section of bassist Gustavo ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

From Britain to Boogaloo

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Chris Barber

Memories of My Trip

Proper American Records

2011

You will find very few jazz retrospectives more thoroughly, warmly inviting than Memories of My Trip, which celebrates six decades of recording and performing by one of Britain's most enduring traditional jazz musicians--trombonist, bassist and bandleader Chris Barber. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bebel Gilberto: New York City, NY, July 21, 2012

Read "Bebel Gilberto: New York City, NY, July 21, 2012" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

Bebel Gilberto
Brazil Summerfest at Central Park Summerstage
July 21, 2012
New York, NY

As part of the 2012 edition of Brazil Summerfest, a New York city-wide event of contemporary Brazilian music, singer Bebel Gilberto took to the stage at Rumsey Playfield for the second time in her career, following a very eclectic performance by ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Hendrik Meurkens: Live At Bird's Eye

Read "Live At Bird's Eye" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

As a virtuoso harmonicist and vibraphonist, Hendrik Meurkens has always reigned supreme in the unique instrument doublers category, yet he never seems to get the attention he fully deserves. The German-born, New York-based Meurkens has been making beautiful and bouncy Brazilian-based music for decades with his instruments of choice, and Live At Bird's Eye is no ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Hendrik Meurkens: Live at Bird's Eye

Read "Live at Bird's Eye" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Considered, by many, to be the most important jazz harmonicist since Toots Thielmans, German-born/New York-based Hendrik Meurkens has long been a connoisseur of Brazilian jazz, with an impressive discography of bossa nova and samba-infused music. Live at Bird's Eye is an assemblage of Brazilian, American and Italian jazz standards recorded live on several sessions from 2008 ...

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Latin Jazz Conversations: Adriano Santos (Part 1)

Latin Jazz Conversations: Adriano Santos (Part 1)

There are a lot of motivating factors to connect young people and performance, but the simple thrill of making music serves as the prime factor that pushes young people towards more lofty musical goals. Before they experience the act of creating music, just playing an instrument or singing seems magical, a dream that can't be touched. ...

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Latin Jazz Conversations: Adriano Santos (Part 2)

Latin Jazz Conversations: Adriano Santos (Part 2)

Even the most focused, dedicated, and thoughtful musicians hit roadblocks on their path towards musical goals. Plans laid at an early age seem certain at the time, based on unstoppable feelings of invincibility and power. Fate has a funny way of testing musicians though, seeing just how long they will persevere in order to reach their ...

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Latin Jazz Conversations: Adriano Santos (Part 3)

Latin Jazz Conversations: Adriano Santos (Part 3)

Most musicians further their artistic development through a series of musical milestones, that become more defined as they come closer. When the musician starts on the journey, their future consists of general goals that may involve proficiency on their instrument, consistent work, or the ability to understand a certain musical style. As the musician attains some ...