Aneta George is a Macedonian jazz singer who has been living and working in France for a few years now. After two albums recorded abroad, George and Martin Milicent trio who have supported her so far, have decided to go to her native hometown of Skopje to record Skopje Sessions, her third album.
As George herself puts it, “the album came to its life spontaneously, after we got back from the Balkan tour in the summer of 2019. The result is a mix of jazz, funk, soul, a little Macedonian melodic spice. It sounds new and vintage at the same time, fresh and warm, bearing analog touch.”
Actually, the description is quite accurate. George started out her career weaning on sounds of Stevie Wonder and Boyz II Men, but then, during her studies in Greece, she turned to jazz, afterward deciding to switch computer studies for jazz piano and vocal training.
As evidenced on Skopje Sessions, George has certainly made the right decision. She has honed her natural vocal capabilities and has been able to come up with some exquisite vocal interpretations.
Even more so, George and Milcent left the usual jazz artists choice to include covers of jazz standards and decided to opt for an-all original composition set, with George being credited with three of her own.
Throughout, it is George’s vocals that dominate the album. But instead of going for over-emphasizing her vocal capabilities she hones them to suit the compositions, making the right balance between holding the melody and improvising.
At the same time, she and Milcent’s compositions include enough elements of different musical genres, including North Macedonian folk, while still staying firmly within the realm of jazz. Effectively, with Skopje Sessions, Aneta George & Martin Milcent have come up with a subdued but quite effective jazz album.