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They've performed together over the years. As jazz harmonica ace Hendrik Meurkens joins educator/flugelhornist Rick Holland and his quartet, for a cool, jazzy brew consisting of standards and originals. Melody is the key ingredient throughout, as the lead soloists complement each other via alternating statements and gleeful unison choruses. Meurkens' illuminating work on 'Someday My Prince Will Come' might beckon you to head for a sandy beach on a warm summer's day. Meanwhile, Holland melds warm lines with a reflective demeanor to coincide with the rhythm section's relaxed, yet forceful sense of swing. There are quite a few jubilantly performed trinkets here, as the band projects a streamlined approach via a no frills style of play. In addition, Meurkens performs on vibes during the final piece, 'Slidin.'
The musicians' unflappable composure translates into an overriding sense of sophistication and tenderness. Hence, the music prompts you to dispel the common drudgeries of life. Now that alone, speaks volumes! Recommended'
I love jazz because I enjoy the freedom.
I was first exposed to jazz when I was 17.
I met Cedar Walton at a concert in San Paulo.
The best show I ever attended was Helio Jambao trio.
The first jazz record I bought was Witchcraft by George Benson.
My advice to new listeners is listen to the old school first.