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Hendrik Meurkens: Sambatropolis

This worthy follow-up to last year’s New York Samba Jazz Quintet is another treat for fans of authentic Brazilian jazz. No less than Meurkens’ 17th CD as a leader reunites him with his core Brazilian rhythm section of pianist Helio Alves, bassist Gustavo Amarante and drummer Adriano Santos, as well as tenor-flutist Jed Levy. Another tenor-flutist, Rodrigo Ursaia, is added to the mix this time. Meurkens, of course, plays the unlikely double of vibes and harmonica, feeling compelled to take up both instruments upon first hearing Lionel Hampton and then later Toots Thielemans.

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