The word has been out for a couple of years that Georgia is someone to watch out for and her new album shows why. First, she delivers songs in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian with authenticity and charm (the Italian Senza Fine is particularly haunting) with Anselmo Netto’s mandolin and percussion just right for the moods she creates.
But it is the jazz, with a fantastic rhythm section of Dave Green, pianist John Pearce and drummer Dave Ohm that really sets this album alight, much aided by the sensitivity of engineer Derek Nash. ‘My Heart Stood Still’ has the ghost of Anita O’Day around it, and the deep walk of Tadd Dameron’s ‘Misty Night’, or the rolling 5/4 gait of Tommy Turrentine’s ‘Long As You’re Living’ confirm Georgia Mancio’s ability to groove and swing. She is, without question, the real thing.