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Big City Scare

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Sheba 09:25
Togo 08:32
Tale 08:00


Toni Kitanovski - guitar
Kiril Kuzmanov - alto sax
Trajce Velkov - trumpet
Kiril Tufekcievski - bass
Viktor Filipovski - drums

Big cities are wonderful! They are full of tales, people from faraway places like Jamaica or Togo, you might even run into an African queen, some got pandas in the zoo or at least folks who don’t want to do what everybody else thinks they should do, some feel like waltzing sometimes…

Yet, with all the lights, glitter and communication technology people are still afraid of the dark, scared about survival and money trouble, and the worst of all fears – the one that kills love. Seems like some things never change although millions of years passed by.

Oh, my collaborators on this album can be scary too. They even scare me sometimes with their ability to react in the very moment, to create something out of nothing. They can get really wicked in live performances when they say what they got to say straight in people’s faces, rather than through microphones and studio gadgets. But they were not afraid to make honest contemporary musical document in just one hot summer day. There were very few rehearsals in order not to get too familiar and comfortable with the music. “Sheba” was never played before and it was recorded in just one take.

Fear is just an illusion unless we live in war torn, hunger stricken places where kindness itself is an illusion. And if we can remind ourselves of this more often I am sure there will be more “days like no other”.
"Don’t be afraid, the clown’s afraid too" (Charles Mingus)

Toni Kitanovski


released August 13, 2020

All music written by Toni Kitanovski
Recorded by Alen Hadzi-Stefanov on 4th of August 2018 at Universal Hall, Skopje
Mixed by Alen Hadzi-Stefanov at 100.8 Radio Jazz FM, Skopje
Produced by Alen Hadzi-Stefanov and Toni Kitanovski
Mastering: Angel Kjosev
Executive producer: Oliver Belopeta
Photography: Stefan Saskov
Graphic design: Ivan Petrushevski

This album was originally released as a CD, on October 15, 2018, by SJF Records.


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