Georgia Mancio is comfortable singing in any number of languages – Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. But only on the ubiquitous Jobim’s Modinha does she stray from English on her new album, Silhouette (Roomspin Records). This is Mancio’s this full-length outing and, coming five years after she won the 2005 International Young Jazz Singers Competition in Brussels, marks a significant step forward in her musical development, not least as a lyricist.
As her voice soars to paint precise arabesques in the air there’s a suggestion of Ella Fitzgerald by way of Bebel Gilberto. The standout track is Finisterre, a stripped down but jubilantly unpredictable and daring duet with splendidly inventive drummer Dave Ohm.