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A Fine Romance in a jazz garb brought out more of the qualities of Mancio's voice, its natural grain coloured by a husky hushed timbre. Her Brazilian exuberance well suited Jobim's Favella, with its bubbly textures in which John Pearce allowed himself greater freedom to etch out a really sazzy solo figuration, and there were great solos all round in Without a Song before an Italian pop song Senza Fine ('Without End') by Gino Pauli found Mancio in a far more colourful range of voice, the final number by Charles Trenet, I Wish You Love, had the audience entranced.
Despite a certain simplicity of form to each song, one could sit back and enjoy the solos, and the extra richness of all four together; more than relaxing mood music, this was artful jazz improvisation, and Georgia Mancio's ability to communicate with the audience kept it fresh and involving throughout.
Copyright © 7 February 2006
Malcolm Miller, London UK
Georgia Mancio's next performances include 31 March 2006 at the National Theatre Foyer on London's South Bank and a possible gig at The Music Village in Brussels, Belgium, in September. Information about her performances and her CD Peaceful Place are online at www.georgiamancio.com