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Masha Stepina Trio | The Place We're Longing For

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The Place We're Longing For

by Masha Stepina Trio

Featuring: Hans van Oosterhout & Wim Essed. The original compositions : from jazz to classic, from pop to folk. Smooth, Nostalgic, Impressionistic.
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. January
6:52 $0.99
2. Bylina
7:31 $0.99
3. White Spaces
5:26 $0.99
4. Belltower
7:18 $0.99
5. The Place We're Longing For
6:59 $0.99
6. Polar Shine
7:39 $0.99
7. Volga-boat Song
6:43 $0.99
8. Thin Tree
6:45 $0.99
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"A native Russian, Masha Stepina's music reflects the emotional richness of her countries musical history. Listening to her skillful painoplaying, I'm caught by the mature voice she has already achieved in both improvising and composing.
The music of the trio is energetic and lively and there's always this special thing going on in Masha's pianoplaying, telling a personal story. For both her journey to Western Europe, with all the day to day challenges of living a life in music, and for her creative choices, I admire her courage and perseverance and her beautifully meaningful musical language." Liner Notes, Jeroen van Vliet, jazz pianist/composer.

Wim Essed
"It may be therefore no big surprise that on this first recording under her own name all the material came from Masha's pen.When listening to her compositions one will experience a wealth of musical legacy as well as glimpses of things yet to come.

Besides the obvious jazz and pop connections there is a clear classic heritage;one can detect influences from Bach to the great late-romantic Russian composers like Skriabin and Rachmaninov.Just as well one could point at the unusual structures and sometimes special,but clear forms of the pieces;the impressionistic and expressionistic ways of musical developement and improvisations, or the multi-layered and counterpointed way of interpretation.

Double bassist Wim Essed and drummer Hans van Oosterhout are both seasoned performers and educators;after all ,Masha met them at the Rotterdam Conservatory,where they have been working for many years.They bring along a great deal of empathy and imaginatory playing,which adds to the atmospheric peculiarity of the music,but respecting the intrinsic flavour of the compositions.

Anyhow,the music has quite a bit of describing and colourful aspects to it and as such sometimes feels like the soundtrack for an until now unmade movie. A movie that would clearly need some wide landscapeshots and longing or dramatic scenes to fit to the music of Masha Stepina ..."

Fritz de With, Balanced Engineer STS Digital
" ... It is always a delight to hear one of the best pianos played by a professional player like Masha, she is not only technically of high standards but also capable of acknowledging the true depth of a composition.

Masha likes to tell a story with her music, whether she is playing intimately or in full power she is always in control. Some people may be able to analyze in a scientific way what will catch on or not with the public. Emotion convinced people and nothing else but emotion. For a long time I’ve been searching for that extremely natural symphonic jazz music. This time played by a woman who can play joy and above all sadness to. To give every tune a special meaning yes I love the sound of Masha, young and mature and with magic in every way. That goes off course for her accompanied musicians as well Hans and Wim did a fine job it was nice to listen and to work with them. There are only one of a kind to find and they are really the one..."



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Sean B. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team

Mellow Jazz Piano Music
The talented group, Masha Stepina Trio, and their terrific new album, "The Place We're Longing For," embrace the listener with mellow and mellifluous jazz pieces played on the piano, bass, and drums. "January" is a number in which the piano seems to affably dance in the air as the drums almost imperceptible hold a soft beat. "Belltower" is maybe the most energetic number as the piano frolics quickly along with a spirited rhythm section. For "Thin Tree" we find a very reserved and introspective song featuring the piano playing with an emotive voice of style and grace. This album is one that leans towards easy-listening, but is also an album for fans of diversified jazz piano music. If highly talented & contemplative jazz is something you appreciate, then "The Place We're Longing For" is an album that would be a great addition to your Jazz collection.