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Sasha Mashin: Outsidethebox

Read "Outsidethebox" reviewed by Troy Dostert

For a debut record--and a drummer's album, no less--Sasha Mashin's Outsidethebox displays a remarkably assured ambition. In fact, Mashin even started his own label to ensure that his music saw the light of day. And with some top-shelf talent providing the compositions and instrumentation on these groove-heavy, stylistically diverse pieces, the results are consistently engaging and powerful. Mashin hails from St. Petersburg, Russia, and it didn't take long for him to catch the jazz bug, as he started ...

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Sasha Mashin: Outsidethebox

Read "Outsidethebox" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Drummer Sasha Mashin makes clear that he's the real deal within the first fifty seconds of this date. Opening “Sipiagin's Mood," the lead-off track on his debut release, with a solo drum introduction, Mashin immediately stakes his claim. Chops, of course, don't always equate to true artistry or position, but in this case technique and taste shine right through together. As this lengthy number progresses, there's much to admire, including the vocal gymnastics of Hiske Oosterwijk, the spirit of alto ...

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Come Up to the Fender

Read "Come Up to the Fender" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

It's a mixed-bag this fortnight, with two brand new releases by up and comers (Sasha Mashin and Hubert DuPont), a theme album by a Spanish guitar-slinger, and one of many attempts to turn the jazzy music of Steely Dan into full-blown jazz. Pop matters features brief discussions of British odd-ball musicians Brian Eno and Syd Barrett, only one of whom was crazy like a fox (as opposed to just plain crazy). Playlist Discussion of the Justin Morell Quintet's ...


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