Internationally acclaimed harmonica-master Hendrik Meurkens rolled into the Flights Of Fantasy bookstore earlier this month to present an evening of impassioned jazz woven flawlessly into Brazilian song structures.
Accompanied by electric jazz-guitar maven Bob DeVos, the German-born Meurkens bobbed his head to the rhythms and passionately blew the harp filling the room with heart warming sambas and bossa novas. For several numbers of their almost two-hour set, Meurkens switched to the vibraphone, adding percussive accents to DeVos’ harmonic fretboard runs.
An unexpected highlight of the night was the guest appearance of Nippertown’s own exceptional jazz pianist-composer Yuko Kishimoto. The fashionably dressed Kishimoto eschewed the 88s and instead blew the melodica, adding an equally distinct third musical voice to the evening’s presentation.
The last time Flights Of Fantasy presented a jazz event, fiery jazz saxophonist Jerry Weldon and his trio packed the house for two consecutive nights. This time out for the Planet Arts’ continuing jazz-duo series, one2one, the audience was a little thinner, but those who came were treated to a magical presentation in an intimate and cozy environment.
Review and photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk