Roger Davidson Hendrik Meurkens all original trio Roger Davidson Trio with Hendrik Meurkens – ORACAO PARA AMANHA/PRAYER FOR TOMORROW: I’ve reviewed a lot of work from both these gents over the many years I’ve been reviewing… Roger’s piano is complimented very nicely by Hendrik’s excellent work on harmonica on this 2016 recording live at The Zinc Bar in New York City. In fact, as you listen to them on the rousing opener, “September Samba“, you’ll be getting up to do (far) more than tap your toes… you’ll be dancing all night to this one. Having reviewed so many CD’s from these two fellows, I can honestly say that this is the most VIBRANT performance recording I’ve heard from them yet… perhaps because it’s a live recording, or simply because the tunes are all originals from Roger… not sure which, but this album really COOKS, folks!
The title track, “Oracao para Amanha“, will definitely put you in the mood to offer up a prayer for our well-being in these oh-so-troubled times… and, it conveys a true message of hope that I’m sure what Roger & his players intended… a truly beautiful tune.
This is a new lineup of players, too…. Roger’s piano is joined by bass from Eduardo Belo and Adriano Santos on drums; and, of course, Hendrik on harmonica and vibraphone… it won’t take you but a couple of bars to fall in love with my personal favorite track of the dozen offered up… their performance on the vibrant “O Trem da Vida” (The Train of Life) isn’t complicated, but it is STELLAR… full of the spirit of life; you’ll find yourself hitting the REPLAY button often on this great song. I give Roger and his players/guests a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98 for this fine album. Get more information about this great artist at his Soundbrush Records page. Rotcod Zzaj
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