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Hendrik Meurkens/Gabriel Espinosa : Celebrando

There’s something light, airy and, well, deceptively breezy about the aptly titled Celebrando, an alluring set of Brazilian jazz compositions simmered to perfection by German-born harmonica man Hendrik Meurkens and bassist Gabriel Espinosa, a native of Mexico. An international cast of players, including clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen and drummer Antonio Sanchez, supports the co-leaders. … Read More “Hendrik Meurkens/Gabriel Espinosa : Celebrando”

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Gabriel Espinosa: From Yucatan To Rio

Espinosa is from Yucatan and has been drawn artistically to Brazil. The results are generally an update of the Sergio Mendes pre hip hop sound with relatively static (as opposed to interactive) rhythm arrangements, and female vocals on five of the ten tracks. Bassist Espinosa has added trumpeter Claudio Roditi and alto saxophonist George Robert … Read More “Gabriel Espinosa: From Yucatan To Rio”

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