Personnel: Hendrik Meurkins (harmonica), Dick Oatts (soprano, alto & tenor saxophones, alto flute), Claudio Roditi (trumpet), Jay Ashby (trombone), Mark Soskin (piano), Harvie Swartz, Leo Traversa (acoustic bass), Carl Allen (drums), Portinho (drums, percussion).
Personnel: Hendrik Meurkens (harmonica); Dick Oatts (alto flute, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Claudio Roditi (trumpet); Jay Ashby (trombone, percussion); Mark Soskin (piano); Portinho (drums, percussion); Carl Allen (drums).
Audio Remixer: Joe Rogers .
Liner Note Author: Ira Gitler.
Recording information: 07/26/1993-08/04/1993.
Photographer: John Clifford.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Claudio Roditi; Leo Traversa; Dick Oatts; Jay Ashby; Mark Soskin; Portinho; Carl Allen.
Arrangers: Claudio Roditi; Hendrik Meurkens.
Hendrik Meurkens secures his position as the second-best jazz harmonica player (behind Toots Thielemans) with this fine release. Unlike his two earlier Concord recordings, Meurkens sticks to straight-ahead jazz (rather than Brazilian music) on this set, tackling a variety of challenging material (four of the 11 pieces are his originals) with apparent ease. He comes up with fresh statements on such veteran songs as "Whisper Not," "Naima," "Body and Soul," and "Moment's Notice" and his supporting cast (which includes saxophonist Dick Oatts, trombonist Jay Ashby, and pianist Mark Soskin) is consistently strong. This CD gives one an excellent example of Hendrik Meurkens' talents. ~ Scott Yanow