Poema Brasileirove

Hendrik Meurkens

Meurkens’ guests on this celebration of Brazilian music are vocalist Ivan Lins, heard on “Desespera Jamais” and “Saindo de Mim,” and Claudio Roditi, fluegelhorn on “Passarim.” Also worth noting is the presence of trombonist Jay Ashby, altoist Steve Sacks, guitarists Romero Lubambo and Marty Ashby, pianist Dario Eskenazi, and drummer Portinho. Trombonist Ashby is in fine form throughout, especially on “Angel Eyes,” one of four numbers he arranged. Meurkens plays vibes on three numbers and harmonica on the remaining eight. On “Chelsea Nocturne,” Meurkens’ harmonica becomes a third horn, joining a front line of tenorist Laura Dreyer and trombonist Ashby. “Manhattan Samba,” composed by Meurkens, with Sacks providing the horn arrangement, has winged solos from Meurkens on vibes, Mark Soskin on piano, and Dreyer on tenor. On “Passarim” Meurkens’ harmonica takes on a haunting tone with Roditi’s fluegelhorn echoing the feeling. The arrangements by Meurkens, Ashby, and Sacks greatly contribute to the success of this release. – Marcela Breton, Concord Picante

Album Credits

Hendrik Meurkins – Harmonica/Vibraphone
Ivan Lins – Vocals
Claudio Roditi – Flugelhorn
Steve Sacks – Flute/ Alto Sax
Jay Ashby – TrombonePercussion
Mark Soskin – Piano
Romero Lubambo – Electric Guitar/ Acoustic Guitar/ CavaquinhoPortinho – Drums
Teo Lima – Drums
Laura Dreyer – Soprano Sax/ Tenor Sax/ Flute
Dario Eskenazi – Piano/Keyboards
Kip Reed –Bass
Vanderlei Pereira – Drums
Valtinho – Percussion
Jon Werking – Keyboards
Marty Ashby- Electric Guitar/Acoustic Guitar
Rogério Botter Maio – Bass
Executive Producer – John Burk
Mixing Engineer – Michael Brorby
Production Manager – Kathleen Vance
Photography – John Clifford
Art Direction – Tim Lewis
Recorded at Acoustic Recording, New York
Additional Recording at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Pittsburgh, PA by Jay Dudt