Asen Doykin: Meandering Road (2007)
Doykin kicks off the proceedings on his Balkan/jazz composition "The Way Back, with a complex but enticing melody line, wondrously counterbalanced by guest percussionist Matt Kilmer's low-tuned hand drum groove. One of the redeeming aspects of this set is centered upon Doykin's acute employment of dynamics. He's apt to glide across the piano keyboard with voracious intensity, while tempering the offsetting flows via his ever-so-soft phrasings.
It's a buoyant endeavor, teeming with off-kilter passages and anthem-like movements. On "Balkans, the trio navigates through sinuously exercised time signatures, accelerated by the pianist's cascading progressions amid the requisite amount of peaks and valleys. Fluid motion and cohesive expressionism are quite noticeable during the preponderance of this entertaining and altogether exhilarating studio session. Given some exposure, Doykin's artsy approach and enviable chops should raise a few ears and eyes within global jazz environs.
Track Listing: The Way Back; Autumn Sketch; New York Again; Hubava Si Moia; Goro; Trurl And Klapaucius; Balkans; Some Other Times; Meandering Road; Tone Poem.
Personnel: Asen Doykin: piano; Peter Slavov: bass; Kendrick Scott: drums; Matt Kilmer: percussion (1, 9).
Record Label: Self Produced