May 2001

Hendrik Meurkens
New York Nights
A Records

New York Nights finds Meurkens with pianist Dado Moroni (who also does a terrific job of guesting on two tunes on Encontros), bassist Chris Berger and drummer Jimmy Cobb. Tenorman Eric Alexander lends his musical muscle on four of the CD's 10 tunes-all straightahead goods-four of which are Meurkens originals. The guy's not only a sensational harp player-on the difficult-to-master chromatic-but an intriguing composer as well. His bebop chops come into play on Bird's "Scrapple from the Apple" on which Moroni shines as well. Nice work by all hands!

Originally published in May 2001
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