Happy Synapse, Part 1

by Sasha Mashin

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"This straight-ahead set from Sasha Mashin is the heart of jazz, beating strong and feverish, hitting on all cylinders...it’s a two-part recording; both are stellar."
— Dave Sumner, Bandcamp Daily

"An album as boisterous as "Happy Synapse" deserves to be heard, to be listened to loud, and, in a less panic-stricken time, to be heard in person...Sasha Mashin and his international sextet play this music with enthusiasm, with joy, and abandon –– enjoy the ride!"

— Richard B. Kamins, Step Tempest

"Sasha takes over at the end of the tune, displaying his power and tenacity on trap drums. He’s more than entertaining. Sasha Mashin is impressive!"

— Dee Dee McNeal, Musical Memoirs

"...the album is faultless in its writing, stylisation, and execution."

— Damian Wilkes, UK Vibe

" The rhythm team grooves like a road crew, creating rich rivulets. Nice flexing of muscles."
— George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly


Happy Synapse, the sophomore album in 2 parts from St. Petersburg-native, drummer, and bandleader Sasha Mashin. A follow-up to Outsidethebox (“Mashin is off to a terrific start here”- Troy Dostert, All About Jazz ⋆⋆⋆⋆), Happy Synapse introduces fans to Mashin’s exciting new group which features the drummer alongside Josh Evans on trumpet, Rosario Giuliani on alto saxophone, Dmitry Mospan on tenor saxophone, Benito Gonzalez on piano and Makar Novikov on bass. Comprising eight original tracks, each penned by either Evans, Giuliani, Mospan, or Gonzalez, Happy Synapse serves as a monumental, defining release for Mashin, not only in his professional career but his own personal development. With this release, Mashin commemorates his inspiring recovery from the struggles he encountered with his own mental health. His unique story draws particular significance to his experiences growing up in Russia - an environment in which the stigmatization of depression was evident at the time.


released May 8, 2020

Josh Evans - trumpet
Rosario Giuliani - alto sax
Dmitry Mospan - tenor sax
Benito Gonzalez - piano
Makar Novikov - bass
Sasha Mashin - drums

Produced by Sasha Mashin
Executive producer - Eugene Petrushanskiy
Recorded at Cinelab Studio Moscow
Mixed at Major Studio Moscow
Recording engineers - Alexander Perfiliev, Igor Bardashev
Mixing - Alexander Perfilyev

Cover Artwork by Andrey Agiyan
Package Design by Dimitri Komedea, 271dsgn

Special thanks to Nathan Leites, Nikolay Popravko, Alexander Berenson, Pavel Bukovsky, Vladimir Kirichenko

Supported by Yamaha, D’Addario, Zildjian, Vic Firth / Sunhouse / Nevaton, JH Audio Dr.Head


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