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Asya's Walk

by Dima Kovalenko Quartet

Some traditional jazz/swing/bebop mix of original compositions. Dedicated to my daughter Asya. I hope you'll enjoy! Band members: Grigory Parshin - Tenor Sax Dmitry Kovalenko - Guitar Nickolai Kistenov - Bass Andriy Voytyuk - Drums
Genre: Jazz: New Orleans Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Psalom
6:00 $0.99
2. Asya's Walk
5:55 $0.99
3. All You Want to Know
4:32 $0.99
4. Etude a La 6
3:52 $0.99
5. Stardust
7:00 $0.99
6. Horsey Name
6:30 $0.99
7. Radio Shanson
3:09 $0.99
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Dima Kovalenko Quartet
Asya’s Walk
So here is the first release of Dima Kovalenko Quartet “Asya’s Walk”.
The band was formed in summer 2019. The main goal of the recording was to make it sound fresh, live and spontaneous. The band met first time at studio, never played together before and never rehearsed this music. All compositions except #1 (“Psalom”) and #5 (“Stardust”) were composed and arranged by Dmytro Kovalenko.
The order of compositions is as they were recorded, so you can see a sort of evolution of band during the entire recording.
The idea of this release is about tolerance, democracy, spontaneous energy and love.
Let me tell you a little bit about band members.

Parshin Gregory was born in 1992 in Kryviy Rig city, Ukraine. Start to study piano at age of 9 in music school #10.
At the age of 11 started to play on alto saxophone as well. Join the "Children Big Band", where started to play jazz music and fell in love with sounds of big band.
Was studying in Kryviy Rig College of music during two years, after moved to Kyiv, and was the student of Glier Institute of music by 6 years.
Now living in Kyiv, playing with great Ukrainian musicians like Dennis Adu big band, Dmitry Kovalenko quartet, and a lot of many talented musicians on jazz sessions and other gigs.
Likes good music and trying to do his best.

Dmitry Kovalenko is a Kyiv-based jazz guitarist, composer, and arranger.
Was born in Kyiv in 1989. Since early childhood got interested in music.
At 5 years old attended choir and started to take piano lessons.
Then at 11 switched to guitar and trumpet.
Started to play bass guitar at a school ensemble.
In 2005 studied in Glier Music college than in 2007 in Kyiv national conservatoire. In 2009 was accepted to the University of music and performing art in Graz, Austria.
Since moving to Graz immediately got plenty of gigs with other students and teachers. Started to host a personal jam session in a local bar.

Took part in an educational program in Montenegro in 2010 as an ensemble teacher.
Moved to Kyiv in 2011 then started to capture the Kyiv local scene. Played guitar in Kyiv Big Bang, Big Jump Big Band. Got much interested in Gypsy, Balkan and klezmer music. Became a constant member of Pushkin Klezmer Band and Babuchi and Brothers Gypsy band. At the same time started to study jazz-manouche music language. Played a couple of years in Urban Gypsy jazz-manouche group. Actively composing contemporary jazz tunes and playing with local jazz musicians.
Hosting jam sessions in an art gallery.

Played on various jazz festivals:
Jazz Koktebel 2008, Jazz Werkstatt Graz 2009, Dodje Kiev 2008, Val-Amar jazz fest 2010. Jazz in Kiev 2012, Alpha jazz Lviv 2015.

Nickolai Kistenov was born in 1980 in Dnepropetrovsk.
At 5 years old went to Music School #1 to Accordeon class.
In 1995 was accepted to Dnieprodzerzhinsk Glinka music college to accordeon speciality, finished with "red" diploma and won a Grand-Prix at All-Ukrainian contest among accordeonists.
In 1999 was accepted to Kiev National Conservatoire to prof. Besfamil'ny to accordeon class. In 2000 became a 1st prizewinner at international accordeonist contest in Poland. In 2003 became a 2-nd prizewinner
in an international contest "Krivbass-Cup". After finishing his studies in 2004, switched to bass-guitar and doublebass.

Worked at O.Ponomarev band, played in bqand with serbian musicians and was a constant member of several cover-bands.
Constantly worked as a studio session musician, took part in ukrainian show-biz recordings.

Currently working in music collectives as:

Dmitry Shurov - "Pianoboy"
Ruslan Iegorov Quartet
Urban Gypsy
Ivan Dorn

Took part in festivals:

Alfa Jazz Fest
Koktebel Jazz Fest
Chernihiv Jazz Open
Atlas Weekend
Zahid Fest, and more

Also worked with foreing musicians:
Karl Frierson (De-Phazz)
Harrison Young

Andriy Voityuk
Was born in 1975 in L'viv
Finished Krushel'nitska music school.
Then studied at L'viv State University at philologic faculty.
From 1991 to 1997 - member of "Misto Mamphis", "Drugline", "Lesya Herasimchuk", "Victor Tsaran", "Korolivs'ki Zaytsi',
"Okrema Teritoriya", "Znovu za stare", "999", "Ocheretyany Kvark", "Rudolph Diesel", "Red Faces", "Avogardo", "Lesik Band",
etc. From 1997 to 2003 works as a soun engineer at Lviv "Gold Lion" music production. Works with "Ot Vinta", Lilya Vavrin,
Roman Hryn'kiv. In may 1998 was released his first experimental album under a pseudonim "DJ Balandyuk" called "Mutation 1-Rhythm Power".
The track from this album Parlament'97 appeared in top Lviv FM Radiostations.

In 2005 under the direction of Mark Tokar studies jazz imrovisation. Takes music lessons from Łukasz Żyta і Kuba Stankiewicz.
The same year started collaboration with Mark Tokar, Martin Tvedun and Yury Yaremchuk as a "Leo'm'art" member.

At the same time continues his work as a folklore musician with "Faino", "Ocheretyany Kit" and "Sontseklyosh".
From 2008 is a constant band-member of "MT-3". Taking part in jazz projects as: Alex Maksymiv Trio, Mark Tokar Trio.

Works as a session musician and sound engineer with "Platsch Ieremiyi", with "Estetic Education" as a concert sound engineer.
In 2008 - famous concert session with Alan Silson Band ("Smokie").

In december 2010 becomes a member of "Pushkin Klezmer Band". Under influence of Dmitry Herasimov begins to dig into Klezmer music and culture.
The same year performs as a session musician with a klezmer pianist and singer Roman Grinberg. Performs at plenty of Klezmer Festivals in Ukraine and abroad.

In 2013 begins collaboration with Orest Krysa from Kiev at a brand new "Solar Machine" band. Takes part in recording a "Made In Ukraine"album with Braty Hadyukiny band.

The same year got a proposition from Braty Hadyukiny to become a full-time member of the band, but refuses due to the current approval of collaboration with Spirit of Smokie (ex Smokie) instead of Ron Kelly.

Later on had to refuse to be a band-member of Smokie, because of Russian Federation tour according to political views connected with the armed conflict with Russia.

Now I would like to tell you about each composition.
This is a traditional East-European folklore form which, in jest, I call “The Russian Blues” (It is also a 12-bar form in 2/2), with non-obvious tonal center. If you look at Cycle of Fifths both directions from tonal center “A” you see it going to “C” in fourth and to “E” in fifths. This is also a typical modal tune written in Dorian mode.
This is our dedication to God. A prayer, so to say. It also has the original lyrics in Russian:
Не боюсь я никого
И не верую никому
Кроме Бога
This literally means:
I’m not afraid of anyone
No one trust I
Except the God
So, as you see, this is actually a little Prayer, Psalom…

“Asya’s Walk”
The capital track of the album is dedicated to my daughter Asya. This is a collage of traditional authentic jazz tunes, inspired by Dexter Gordon. The entire album is a sort of balance between easy-listening even 8th beat and more complex contemporary jazz mood. So this is even easy-listening tune written in New Orleans beat. We tried to keep it simple, in tradition of street musicians (you can clearly hear it in transparent and logic drum solo, for example). This is my tribute to archaic swing culture oriented on non-jazz audience.

“All You Want to Know”
My wife doesn’t understand contemporary jazz. She says: “It sounds like all the notes at the same time”. So this composition is about it. The key word of title is “All”. The composition is based on Tadd Dameron’s “Ladybird” and contains all the notes of chromatic scale.
The intro and last two bars of the head is a parallel movement of basic jazz “I, bIII, bVI, bII” chord progression and simultaneous movement of major triads from bVI to IV. The head is an intervalistic etude based on quartal and triadic approaches. This is also a little tribute to the great jazz master Eric Dolphy.
“Etude A la 6”
This is a harmonic etude based on chords that contain limitation just of minor 6 chords.
The B section of this composition has three tonal centers: Gminor, B minor and Eb minor (the centers are in Augmented triad). So this is a sort of reference to John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” but all in minor keys. This idea came to me some time ago. This is how it can be applied to original “Giant Steps” melody with this method of harmonization:

This track features Grigory Parshin, who played such a wonderful hot solo on tenor saxophone so I’ve decided to sacrifice the guitar solo, played not that good, on my opinion. So also this contains an “Ego” issue as well.
The track is a tribute to the great jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, who used mostly in his music the minor 6th chords.

This is one of my favorite jazz standards ever written composed by the great Hoagy Carmichael. Some exceptional fact about this tune is that it was played by each jazz performer differently. Grigory and me did it as well on the recording, the “Stardust”, indeed.
This shows some jazz aspect, where the melody is not that important, unlike in other styles of music. It’s about individual interpretation of the tune, the freedom, democracy within a stable form and chord progressions.
“Horsey Name”
This is my original composition with a title inspired by Anton Chekhov’s essay. This is also a sort of attempt to make an easy-listening groovy composition in a New Orleans Swing beat with some weird ornaments in the B section. This track features Andrii Voytyuk on drums, which played more complex solo, unlike in “Asya’s Walk”, showing the archaic street-drumming evolve into a different modern way of playing.

“Radio Shanson”
The last composition of the release is a mix of horizontal (modal) and vertical (harmonic) approaches of playing and composition. It is inspired by East-European folklore tradition, Gypsy ornaments and bebop. At some moments you can see the slight discrepancy of the scale and chord, which can be frequently found in Balkan folklore tradition. The B section also has a little flavor of latin-jazz tradition.

A big thank to musicians who took part in a recording:
Grigory Parshin - Tenor Sax
Nickolai Nikolaj Kistenov - Bass
Andriy Voytyuk - Drums,
Hossein Mirzagholi who recorded it with a big passion and patience
all those people who helped and donated money to make it all work.
Hope you'll enjoy!



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