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Maud Mentink,, about the CD presentation concert of “Welling”: Great that Deurloo took the initiative for this adventure, because the compositions are amazing! And so are the improvisations and solos. What an exciting sound is created by this quintet! Also, it is heartwarming to see how the musicians give each other room to perform their solos and how supportive they are of each other. The combination of a string quartet and a harmonica is for their audience one single whole.

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Johan Bakker, Nederlands Dagblad, about “Welling”: The combination of string quartet and chromatic harmonica, which already on paper sounds very promising, turns out in reality to be irresistible indeed.

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Bernard Lefevre, Belgium, Muziekmozaiek, about “Glass Fish”: Throughout a range of subtle accentuations, Hermine Deurloo creates a rich and varied sound in which her masterful control of the chromatic harmonica is wonderfully displayed. The album “Glass Fish” will appeal to music lovers across the board.

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Scott Yanow, jazz writer, about “Glass Fish”: It is obvious throughout this disc that she ranks among the top jazz harmonica players of the past decade. While she is not a bop-oriented player like Toots Thielemans, she has her own gentle and lyrical voice on the harmonica along with impressive fluency. She also knows how to let a melody speak for itself. – The sparse accompaniment, which often has Samson creating unusual sounds, serves the harmonica player very well. The music is light, subtle and an excellent showcase not only for Hermine Deurloo (who deserves to be much better known outside her native Netherlands) but also for her quartet.

Austin Wintory: Hermine is well worth a serious listen. Deeply gifted harmonica player. The soul of my score on “Strangely in Love”.

Michael Point in Texas Round Rock Leader: The chromatic harmonica has had very few viruoso performers, especially ones with a creative streak, in its history. Amsterdam’s chromatic harmonica heroine Hermine Deurloo definitely belongs on the small and select list of such artists.

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Complete review (PDF): Texas Round Rock Leader

Rudie Kagie, Vrij Nederland, about “Glass Fish”: With “Glass Fish”, Hermine Deurloo safeguards the melancholic sound that, in Europe, thus far, only 90-year-old Toots Thielemans has dominated. The world should be grateful to the diva for her decision to exchange the alt sax for the chromatic harmonica. Ably accompanied by Jesse van Ruller on guitar, Tony Overwater on bass, and Joshua Samson on percussion, Hermine Deurloo even blows new life into Ellington’s “Fleurette Africaine”. And Misha Mengelberg’s eccentricities are all the more so in this contrary lineup. Some of the original compositions tend towards “smooth”, but never slide into “slick”. This is how it can also be done. The wail of the harmonica has proved its value primarily in movies such as “Turks Fruit” and “Once Upon A Time In The West”. With this album, Hermine Deurloo shows that the harmonica is a fullblown jazz instrument. It is chromatic. With the help of a slide, the air can be exposed to all notes and scales.

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Amanda Kuyper, NRC, about “Glass Fish”: With “Glass Fish”, Hermine makes beautiful, minimal jazz, together with Jesse van Ruller on guitar, Tony Overwater on bass, and Joshua Samson on percussion. It is a graceful dance of four equals, who allow each other space, while listening carefully in deciding what their music needs next. Deurloo’s harmonica often calls up associations with film music. Nevertheless, thanks to the combination of instruments such as the hang, slide guitar, or ukelele,  the outcome is consistently unexpected and refined.

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Johan Bakker, Nederlands Dagblad, about “Glass Fish”: Deurloo’s chromatic harmonica injects accessibility into the total sound of the CD. Memories of film music by Toots Thielemans are never far away, though the group clearly opts for new and experimental approaches.

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Peter J. Korten, JazzFlits, about “Glass Fish”: The whole is as a glassfish: transparent and clear. Hermine Deurloo sparkles and is thoroughly pure, with apparent playful ease. Not sidestepping its challenges, Deurloo has feeling for beautiful compositions.

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Eric van Rees, “Draai om je oren”, about “Crazy Clock”: The choice of material initially appears to be diverse, though musically it fits together well. The reason for this is the overtly melodious tracks and the absence in the musicians of a desire to one up each other.

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Herman Rosenberg, Algemeen Dagblad: Hermine Deurloo is one of the few real virtuouso harmonica players in the style of Toots Thielemans.

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There are 2 comments on Press & Quotes

  • Na het mooi RobecoJazz concert kocht ik (de Cole Porter fan) de CD Welling. Groot compliment. Fantastische CD Geeft een fijne energie boost

    • Beste Bert Bos, Hartelijk dank, dat is leuk om te horen! Misschien tot een volgend concert! groeten van Hermine

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