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Hendrik Meurkens grew up in Germany and attended Berklee College of Music in the United States, but his primary musical passion has long been Brazilian music. Already a virtuoso on harmonica (and the first serious rival to Toots Thielemans on the instrument), he is in terrific form throughout this session. Meurkens gathered a number of the top Brazilian players to join him, featuring the well-known vocalist and guitarist Doryi Cayimmi on a brisk, passionate take of "Amazon River" and the equally warm "O Cantador." Another popular Brazilian guitarist, Oscar Castro-Neves, guests on two of Antonio Carlos Jobim's compositions, the samba "Piano Na Manqueira" and "Ela é Carioca," while Cuban clarinetist Pacquito D'Rivera trades licks with the leader in the joyful choro "Lingua de Mosquito." Meurkens also doubles on vibes on one track. This is a delightful date from start to finish.
Performance CreditsHendrik Meurkens Primary Artist,Harmonica,Vibes
Dori Caymmi Guitar,Vocals
Paquito D'Rivera Clarinet
Oscar Castro-Neves Guitar,Vocals
Cassio Duarte Percussion
Duduka Da Fonseca Percussion,Drums
Nilson Matta Bass,Double Bass
Helio Alves Piano
Jorge Amorim Percussion
Pedro Ramos Cavaquinho
Ze Mauricio Percussion
Guilherme Monteiro Guitar
Robson Cerqueira Bandolin
Technical CreditsDori Caymmi Composer
Toninho Horta Composer
Hendrik Meurkens Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Oscar Castro-Neves Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements,Audio Production
Paulo César Pinheiro Composer
Bret Primack Liner Notes
Michael Brorby Engineer
Tom Gioia Engineer
Carlos Del Rosario Engineer