Meurkens, Hendrik / Harmonicus Rex
Album: Harmonicus Rex   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Meurkens, Hendrik   Added:Jul 2016
Label:Height Advantage  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2016-07-19 Pull Date: 2016-09-18 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Aug 21 Aug 14 Aug 7 Jul 31 Jul 24
Airplays: 1 3 3 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 15, 2022: Music Casserole
4. Aug 10, 2016: Laptop Radio
Mundell's Mood
2. Aug 14, 2016: K-Area
Mundell's Mood
5. Aug 07, 2016: K-Area
Darn That Dream
3. Aug 13, 2016: Music Casserole
Falling In Love With Love
6. Aug 05, 2016: The Pocket

Album Review
Tom McCarter
Reviewed 2016-08-05
Tom McCarter
Hendrik Meurkens
Harmonicus Rex
Height Advantage

This is a fabulous set from a 25 year veteran who has come back to straight ahead jazz
after playing Brazilian music for many years. I particularly like the interplay with the trumpet.
Long-time veteran Jimmy Cobb holds down the drums. The resto of the band are up & coming.
Everyone is top notch. I also like that his repertoire is drawn from lesser known tracks by famous players.
Genre: jazz
If You Like: Toots Thielmans, Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter
FCCs: none
Favorite Tracks: Mundell’s Mood, SKJ, Up Jumped Spring, Mean Dog Blues, Darn That Dream
Track Review:
1. Mundell’s Mood – fast jam with trumpet wailing
2. Slidin’ – starts slow and builds. Flute duets
3. In Your Own Sweet Way – slow with nice flourishes, harmonica leads
4. Afternoon – slow ballad, emotive harmonica, duet with trumpet
5. SKJ – boppin’ piano intro gorgeous trumpet solo, everyone in the groove
6. Falling in Love with Love – uptempo swinging romp, all harmonica
7. A Summer in San Francisco – slow ballad, piano intro, a gorgeous duet with flute
8. Up Jumped Spring – piano intro, everybody swings, trumpet shines
9. Mean Dog Blues – Straight bop, the hardest swing on the CD, great solos all around
10. Darn That Dream – slow tune with gorgeous flourishes on harmonica, false ending
11. What’s New – another gorgeous ballad with harmonica solos

Track Listing
1. Mundell's Mood   6. Falling In Love With Love
2. Slidin?   7. A Summer In San Francisco
3. In Your Own Sweet Way   8. Up Jumped Spring
4. Afternoon   9. Mean Dog Blues
5. Skj   10. Darn That Dream
  11. What's New