(which means “celebrating” in Portuguese and Spanish) is a joyous event on several fronts. First, the CD celebrates Brazilian jazz and the resounding impact it’s had and has on musicians and audiences who adore it. Second, Celebrando
salutes the musicians performing here – who have devoted years of their lives exploring this music they love. And third, Celebrando
serves as the 100th recording for ZOHO Music, Jochen Becker’s dynamic independent New York based label. For ZOHO, such artists as GRAMMY winning pianist/band leader Arturo O’Farrill, conga drummer Ray Barretto, Brazilian guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima, drummer Duduka Da Fonseca and the co-leaders here – harmonica player Hendrik Meurkens and bassist/vocalist Gabriel Espinosa – have recorded.
The CD gathers the leaders and seven splendid colleagues to investigate 10 succulent Brazilian jazz originals – with a “Yucatecan and “European twist,” say Gabriel and Hendrik – and one classic bolero, all designed to enchant.
About the co-leaders:
Hendrik Meurkens was born in Hamburg, Germany. He took up vibes at age 16 (eventually becoming a bebop-based master), and at 19, the chromatic harmonica. Soon came Brazilian music. “It touched me as deeply as jazz did,” he says. Hendrik lived in Rio de Janeiro from 1982-83, listening, playing, sopping up the sounds. His mastery can be heard on four exceptional ZOHO albums, including 2011’s Live at Bird’s Eye (ZM 201114).
Gabriel Espinosa hails from Yucatan, Mexico and grew up listening to anything from boleros to Brazilian. He’s earned degrees from Central College in Pella, Iowa, the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and The University of North Texas at Denton; he currently heads the Jazz Studies program at Central College. Espinosa says his “passion is to write music and to teach.” His initial ZOHO release is the powerful From Yucatan to Rio (ZM 200907).
New Hendrik Meurkens CD ‘Harmonicus Rex’ to be released soon.
Hendrik Meurkens next CD ‘Harmonicus Rex’ featuring Jimmy Cobb will be released in the fall. After several Brazilian Jazz albums here comes a new all straight ahead session featuring Joe Magnarelli – trumpet, Anders Bostrom – alto flute, Dado Moroni – piano, Marco Panascia – bass, and Jimmy Cobb.
The Hendrik Meurkens Samba Jazz Quartet live at Java Jazz in Jakarta, March 2011 Sambatropolis
Hendrik Meurkens & Misha Tsiganov at the Blue Note, March 2013 Luiza
Downloadable Lead Sheets
Hendrik Meurkens’ compositions are now available as downloadable lead sheets.
Available as concert lead sheets, and as Bb- and Eb-parts.
Also featured are mp3 files of the existing recordings for reference.