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Goce Stevkovski Septet: Homage to a Dreamer

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In the raft of drummer-led records, many of those lack strong identity. Not this one. As a commanding drummer and compelling composer, drummer Goce Stevkovski stands above the fray. This ubiquitous drummer who is known for his affiliations with various acts to whom he has lent his dynamic yet sensitive groove, bands such as Project Zlust, ...


Letecki Pekinezeri: Letecki Pekinezeri

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Some bands achieve greatness early and others have to wait. Macedonia's Letecki Pekinezeri (Flying Pekinese) had to wait for six years for its debut, in the meantime honing its craft and tunes at local clubs and the occasional festival. During that time, its band members have gained a new breadth and maturity from experiences playing with ...


Vasil Hadžimanov Trio: El Raval

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El Raval is an ambitious project that brings together three virtuosos: renowned keyboardist/pianist Vasil Hadžimanov; bassist Martin Gjakonovski; and drummer Alek Sekulovski. Each artist is a prominent figure in his own musical sphere and country, but with this recording the Vasil Hadzimanov Trio arrives as a unified band. What links these remarkable musicians together is guitarist ...


Ivan Ivanov Quartet: Wild Flower

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Saxophonist Ivan Ivanov makes his maiden voyage as a leader on Wild Flower, a marvelous recording that is steeped in the modern post bop sound. A member of a younger generation of jazz artists in Macedonia that have gained musical education outside the country, Ivanov brings a breath of fresh air with his debut.


Zoran Madzirov: Roots on a Roof

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Zoran Madzirov is truly one of the mavericks of Macedonian music--a superb and innovative musician, who has distilled a variety of influences from various styles and sounds into something that is uniquely his own. The fire, sensitivity and imagination that drive him seem to make him some sort of a Jimi Hendrix on the bottlephone. The ...


Sethstat: Rolling Garage

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Rolling Garage is the fourth release by a jazz combo previously known as Seth. It marks a huge leap forward for the band and a great successor to the previous release, simply titled Sethstat. Well versed in the so-called art of jazz, the band's members are informed in nearly every jazz style that ...