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El Raval

by Vasil Hadzimanov Trio

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Ana Maria 07:03
El Raval 06:13
Olha Maria 05:42
Bez povratok 03:29
Addis Abeba 04:46


released November 19, 2020

Vasil Hadzimanov - piano
Martin Gjakonovski - bass
Aleksandar Sekulovski - percussion

Track 1 by Jack DeJohnette
Tracks 2, 8 & 9 by Toni Kitanovski
Track 3 by Wayne Shorter
Track 4 by Ornette Coleman
Track 5 by Vasil Hadzimanov
Track 6 by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Track 7 by Dragan Gjakonovski

Recorded in August 2010 at Dom na ARM in Skopje, Macedonia
Recording and mixing engineer: Alen Hadzi-Stefanov
Mixed at Radio Jazz FM
Producer: Toni Kitanovski
Executive producer: Oliver Belopeta
Design and photography: Stefan Saskov

It was hottest day of the year when most of the music presented here was recorded. The whole idea was hot – acoustic piano trio that gathered three musicians of impeccable reputation. It is a designer’s album that grew out of pure selfishness – I wanted to hear these guys play together! Countless times I shared stage with Alex, Martin and Vasil but never with three of them jointly. They’ve always been my first choice for bassist, pianist and drummer and our friendship both musical and private has been going on for years. So I decided to organize it, then sit in producer’s armchair and enjoy as they unveil their magic on stage. I hope you’ll agree – it’s nice to be selfish sometimes, in the right place and time, with the right kind of people, and with the perfect recording engineer and record label.
- Toni Kitanovski

This album was originally released as a CD, on October 17, 2011, by SJF Records.


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