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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'
As a kid, my mom told me I'd like jazz. I thought she was nuts. Then I went to hear Cannonball Adderley (with Nat Adderley, George Duke, Walter Booker, Roy McCurdy and Airto) and everything changed. Yeah, mom knows best.