LA Jazz Scene, Scott Yanow

‘As for Hermine Deurloo, she plays the chromatic harmonica with the effortless fluency of a saxophonist and is a creative and melodic musician.’

Hermine Deurloo
Living Here
Reviewed by Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene
(Zennez Records)

Toots Thielemans (1922-2016) was not only the king of jazz harmonica players but for decades he was virtually the only one. However during the latter part of his reign, other jazz harmonicats began to emerge, most notably Hendrik Meurkens, Howard Levy, Gregoire Maret and, most recently, Hermine Deurloo who is from the Netherlands Living Here features the unusual instrumentation of Ms. Deurloo’s harmonica, pianist Rembrandt Frerichs, cellist Jorg Brinkmann and drummer Jim Black. The interplay between the harmonica and piano is consistently inventive so it is not a surprise to find out that Deurloo and Frerichs have been playing together regularly since 2013. Cellist Brinkmann gives a European classical atmosphere to some of the selections but also swings in spots by plucking his cello as if it were an upper-register bass.  Black adds stimulating support to the lead voices on this set of originals. As for Hermine Deurloo, she plays the chromatic harmonica with the effortless fluency of a saxophonist and is a creative and melodic musician.

Living Here covers a variety of moods and styles. “A Long Story Short” is a melancholy piece that has the feeling of classical music and New Age. The funky “Samba de um Breque” has a catchy and playful theme while the romantic “Sozinho” hints at Chick Corea. Some of the other selections include “Achiltibule” which could serve as the music for a chase scene from an action/adventure movie, the witty and danceable “Monkey,” the jazz waltz “Self Portrait,” the cinematic “Zamurka” and “Walking Home” which depicts a purposeful and at times danceable walk home.

This easily recommended set is available from www.moonrivermusic.com

Source: http://www.scottyanow.com/LAJSCDRevFeb.html

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