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Sasha Mashin

Sasha Mashin was born in 1976 in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 1991 he joined the Kvadrat jazz-club where he met many jazz musicians of St. Petersburg. After studying for two months at the Musorgsky Music School, he decided to start his professional career as an artist and quit the school. From 1995 to 1998, Sasha was a permanent member of the quartet of saxophonist Igor Butman. In 1998, Sasha participated in the creation of MosGorTrio band and moved to Moscow where he also kept busy collaborating with some of Russia’s best jazz musicians. In 2005 Sasha Mashin participated in the educational program Open World Program USA in New York and played with such legends as Clark Terry, Kenny Barron and Jimmy Heath at the Blue Note Jazz Club. Since 2008 Sasha has invited many foreign musicians to perform along with his band all over Russia. Sasha Mashin performed with a long list of musicians such as Benny Golson, Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Kenny Barron, Johnny Griffin, Lew Tabackin, Eddy Henderson, James Spaulding, Steve Slagle, Gary Smulyan, Larry Schneider, Mark Turner, Craig Handy, Donny McCazlin, Alex Sipiagin, JD Walter, Dhafer Youssef and many others.

Happy Synapse

Label: Rainy Days Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Hidden Voice; Incantation; Flowing; Inner News; Sulieman Saud; Night Melody; SIM Card; The Hidden Face of Stars.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sasha Mashin: Happy Synapse

Read "Happy Synapse" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Whoa! Russian born drummer Sasha Mashin kicks off his high-flying second disc with the crackling, manically modal, high-powered, retro-Impulse! speed-buzz of “The Hidden Voice," written by fevered alto-saxophonist Rosario giuliani, and Happy Synapse barely lets up from there. It is a sweet sound, a really, really sweet sound. Mashin intros “The Hidden Voice" like ...

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Apologies and Discoveries

Read "Apologies and Discoveries" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

The boys aren't called bastards for nothing and sometimes they can be hard on unfamiliar musicians. This episode they are pleased to revisit two artists whose earlier projects got rough treatment but whose new releases tickle a bastard's fancy. At the same time, they discuss two artists brand new to the show and like their releases ...

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Give the Drummer (More Than) Some! Part 1

Read "Give the Drummer (More Than) Some! Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

As we hunker down amidst a terrifying pandemic what we need is to drum up our positive energy and attitude. So here's a special home edition of Mondo Jazz spotlighting projects led by creative drummers. Just another way to give drummers more than some! Stay home, socially distance, but musically connected. And don't forget ...

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Makar Kashitsyn: Jazz Animals

Read "Jazz Animals" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Straight outta St. Petersburg, Rainy Days Records has done a splendid job of documenting some of the strongest emerging voices in Russian jazz, starting with drummer Sasha Mashin's superb Outsidethebox in 2018. Mashin's debut release belied his youth with an assured poise and dynamic vision, and here we have yet another wonderful first outing: alto saxophonist ...

Jazz Animals

Label: Rainy Days Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Jazz Animals; Going to Ekaterinburg; Confession; Song for Chad; Our Song; Time to Forget; Phone Call.

Outsidethebox

Label: Rainy Days
Released: 2018
Track listing: Sipiagin's Mood; Jazzmashin; 7=5; Paint; Some Thomas; Strange Party; Sharp Night; Ku Ku; Omulu Dance.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...


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