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Dusko Goykovich: Balkan Blue

Compositional derivations distinguish this two-CD set’s music, and this isn’t terribly unpleasant given the choices available for trumpeter Goykovich and his cohorts. “A Night in Skopje” features consistent performances by a quintet and it opens with “Simona,” a ballad by tenorist Gianni Basso. Well chosen! Ballads are his forte, proven by After Hours (1971), a nice quartet date also for Enja, and reaffirmed on “You’ve Changed” and his own “Medium Rare.” Basso’s tune recalls “Nancy” but he is a convincing soloist with a muscular approach to this mellow fare. “Adriatica” spins out of “Stairway to the Skies” and Peter Michelich likes Wynton Kelly and others for this 1994 date.

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