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Hendrik Meurkens/Bill Cunliffe – Cabin In The Sky – Height Advantage 

Hendrik Meurkens/Bill Cunliffe – Cabin In The Sky – Height Advantage 

A harmonica/piano performance that reflects the participants virtuosity Hendrik Meurkens/Bill Cunliffe – Cabin In The Sky – Height Advantage 002 56:35***: ( Hendrick Meurkens – harmonica; Bill Cunliffe – piano) Hendrik Meurkens and Bill Cunliffe are two widely respected musicians on their instruments. They have come together for the first time to display their  creativity on a wide-ranging selection of material from both jazz and popular culture on their new album Cabin In The Sky. The well-spring of this collaboration might have been the 1979 pairing of Bill Evans and Toots Thielemans for their release Affinity. Regardless of the provenance, this effort stands entirely on its own merits and no comparison is required. The title track “Cabin In The Sky” was written by Vernon Duke and John Latouche in 1940 for the Broadway musical by the same name. With a jaunty tempo, the duo explore the easily accessible number in a decisive fashion. In 1967 Wayne Shorter recorded  the album Schizophrenia containing the number “Miyako” which he wrote for his daughter. A lovely ballad it is filled with shifting textures that allow both players to flex their musical muscles. That old standby “Invitation” is given new life with staccato phrasing […]

Lyn Stanley – Interludes – AT Music

Lyn Stanley – Interludes – AT Music

Lyn Stanley – Interludes – AT Music 3104 – stereo-only SACD, 58:44 ***1/2: Jazz singer covers the classics on an SACD. (Lyn Stanley – vocals; Bill Cunliffe – piano; Chuck Berghofer – bass; Ray Brinker – drums; John Ciodini – guitar; Rob McChesney – trombone; Henrick Meurkens – harmonica; Brad Dutz – percussion; Cecelia Tsan – cello; Mike Garson – piano; Paul Kreibich – drums; Steve Rawlins – finger snaps) Unlike most vocalists, Lyn Stanley singing was a second act. After a career in advertising the Washington native trained as a ballroom dancer. She overcame a serious car accident to become a national champion. Stanley always had an interest in singing (with a keen appreciation for Judy Garland), and in 2010 pursued this dream. After just a few months of singing lessons, she recorded her successful debut, Lost In Romance. The album garnered international success. She followed with Potions (produced by Kenny Werner) which boasted a collection of 50’s-era tunes. Stanley’s third album, Interludes is a veritable standard library of love songs.. With a jazz ensemble backing, the singer (who doubles as producer) envelops these songs with her sensual alto. The opening track is a Gershwin classic, “How Long Has […]