Recorded: December 19 and 20, 1999, Current Sounds Studios, New York
Hendrik Meurkens (harmonica); Eric Alexander (tenor saxophone); Dado Maroni (piano); Chris Berger (bass); Jimmy Cobb (drums)
The harmonica is common enough that many can immediately identify with Hendrik Meurkens' unusual agility on the instrument. This straightforward set of ten standards is distinguished for including Eric Alexander on tenor sax on several of the tunes, along with a first rate rhythm section with the venerable Jimmy Cobb on drums. Meurkins mixes the bop-infused selections well, reaching back to Bird's "Scrapple from the Apple," throwing in standards such as "My Foolish Heart" and "You Stepped Out of a Dream," and touching them off with a few very fine originals. Meurkens blows his harmonica as though it were a trumpet or saxophone, and his pure tone and natural swing pleasurably create generally upbeat, often exciting solos. While few surprises are in store, and the harmonica-ist never grandstands, his strong command of the instrument is a thrill to hear, and his modest meat-and-potatoes approach hits the mark. Alexander comes from the same mold as Meurkens, and the saxophonist's finely crafted improvisations add immeasurable to this enjoyable recording.
---Steven Loewy, allmusic
Includes liner notes by Hein Van De Geyn, Dordrecht.
1.I Didn't Know What Time It Was
2.It Could Happen To You
3.New York Nights
4.You Stepped Out Of A Dream
6.My Foolish Heart
9.Scrapple From The Apple
10.(untitled) - (hidden track)
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