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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 91 | volume XVI | July-August, 2013



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Blesok no. 91July-August, 2013
Sound Reviews

“7 Stories” for Seven Moods

On the first solo album by our famous drummer Goce Stevkovski, titled “7 Stories”, which gives a new outlook on our musical scene


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Tina Ivanova

One Friday night, during this year’s Skopje Summer Festival, the lovely ambience of Suli An in the Old Bazaar was filled with the sounds of the jazz septet led by the Macedonian drummer Goce Stevkovski, a new band created by already renown musical names working primarily in the realm of jazz. Quite expectedly, as on other occasions (we’ve grown accustomed to seeing the members of this new septet individually, taking part in other formations), the band bequeathed us with an inspiring, even innovative evening, whence music warmed the hearts of those present. The septet, made of exceptional musicians from different generations that bring together their insofar experiences, both home and abroad, on different European jazz stages, came to promote Goce Stevkovski’s first solo album, titled “7 Stories”, recently published by Password Production.
    Apart from Stevkovski, who authored all of the seven compositions on the album, and plays the drums, this new formation, for the very first time joins the creative forces of Trajche Velkov (trumpet), Kire Kuzmanov (alto saxophone), Ivan Ivanov (tenor saxophone and flute), Aleksandar Ikonomov (double bass, though during the said concert promotion of the album Oliver Josifovski stood for Ikonomov on the bass), Damir Imeri (keyboards) and Sashko Nikolovski (trombone), with Oscar Salas, the Cuban-born percussionist who for the past two years has lived and created in Macedonia, as a special guest. After his collaboration with other musical groups and artists of note, including Kiril Dzajkovski, Nikola Kodjobashija, D.N.O., Foltin, Bodan Arsovski and the Ezgija Orchestra, Archangel, Last Expedition, Project Zhlust, Goce Stevkovski has decided to set sail to the sea of solo music. After a decade and a half of successful collaborations, he finally gets to prove himself as a composer too. The album titled “7 Stories” is certainly the product of all his accumulated artistry and knowledge, which Stevkovski worked painstakingly on over the years, crafting it continuously, so as to culminate in an explosion of creativity over the last few years.
    At its onset, with the cover theme, the album’s entire atmosphere comes seeping in. In a sense, the album follows a program character, as the titles of the compositions paint its contents. The titles – “7 Rivers”, “7 Days”, “7 Dwarfs”, “7 Sins”, “7 Wonders”, “7 Mountains” – give the album a fairy-tale-like structure. The beginning is rather striking; the theme is carried by the horn section, something that continues further into the record.






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