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Hendrik Meurkens: Amazon River

In the specialized, technically challenging world of chromatic jazz harmonica, the tradition’s pillars generally boil down to a reliable short list: reigning king Toots Thielemans, upstart Gregoire Maret and the always tasteful and nimble German-born Hendrik Meurkens, a talent deserving wider recognition. His new Brazilian-themed project is more than an exotic musical holiday: Meurkens digs deeply into the harmonic traditions and a complementary blend of melodic sensuality and virtuosity.

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