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Asen Doykin | Meandering Road

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Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz World: Balkan Moods: Featuring Piano
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Meandering Road

by Asen Doykin

Elegant and sophisticated smoky jazz from NY; breathtaking interplay, sublime expression.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Way Back
5:37 $0.99
2. Autumn Sketch
5:05 $0.99
3. New York Again
4:57 $0.99
4. Hubava Si Moia Goro
8:06 $0.99
5. Trurl And Klapaucius
8:33 $0.99
6. Balkans
6:04 $0.99
7. Some Other Times
4:52 $0.99
8. Meandering Road
3:42 $0.99
9. Tone Poem
4:58 $0.99
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Album Notes
All About Jazz Review by Glenn Astarita

As a performer, Bulgarian-born pianist Asen Doykin is firmly entrenched within the New York area jazz circuit but has toured the world, spreading good cheer with his inventive fusion of Balkan melodies and the jazz idiom. From a piano trio standpoint, Doykin offers a bit of resplendency and variety to the roads previously traversed. By injecting East European inferences into the progressive jazz scheme of things, the pianist communicates a pastiche of sound-sculpting vistas, often accelerated by drummer extraordinaire Kendrick Scott’s sympathetic support. Bassist Peter Slavov anchors the variable metrics with finesse and pizzazz.
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.



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Ann T. Greene

The Life You Save May Be My Own
I've been a fan of Assen Doykin since I went to one of his Brooklyn performances where he led a quartet a few years ago. (Once I went to hear his music when I was so ill I had to lean on my husband to make it through the night.)

And why? Because he loves jazz, pays homage to the music and yet has forged his own sound. Now I've purchased Meandering Road and listen listen listen each time learning something new, hearing something else. The CD is sublime.