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"[RIFFS] Web Hordes"

[The results of the BROADJAM/GP Guitar Contest]
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Second place
Jake Pashkin, Tyumen, Russian Federation
"Supermobile"
Pashkin's evil intro riff and scattered noises presage the vortex of blissful mayhem to follow. Somehow, he manages to throw some nice melodies in, as well. Whew!

GP Staff

(http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/web-hordes-june/jun-09/97141) - Guitar Player (USA) - June 2009


"Gain Over (Review)"

«Gain Over» is the second solo album by Russian guitarist Jake Pashkin (the first was released in 2007). The quality of music material presented on this CD, and Jake’s level of skill demonstrate that Mr. Pashkin is a really well-experienced musician, who knows exactly what he wants and how to get it.
There is no «guitar peacockery». All riffs and all solos are exactly where they’re necessary. Ten compositions as ten stories told us by a sophisticated narrator. Ten entertaining and well executed stories without words (in fact - almost without the words, because some tracks contain detached phrases and exclamations).
Dmitry Kupriyanov played an active role during the recording process of «Gain Over». He played bass, added some synthesizer parts and was the soundengineer as well. In addition he also co-wrote the track «Supermobile».
Listening to Jake’s playing style you are reminded of Joe Satriani or Jeff Beck.
And the track «Big Deal» made in the style of «pompous heroism» was obviously influenced by Tomoyasu Hotei.
Overall «Gain Over» is an album with its own unique sound. It should definitely be heard by those interested in modern instrumental rock-music.

Yakov Kagantsov

(http://www.inrock.ru/)
- In Rock (Russia) - #4 (37), 2009


"Archive Shorts Part 10 (Reviews)"

Jake Pashkin - Prequel LP (Self-Released - 2007)

Jake Pashkin has put together such a storming record, led by the guitars and aided by great drums, that I wish he'd stuck some vocals on it. I know that there's a place for instrumental music in this world, but I honestly think that some lyrics would make this record awesome and without them it's perhaps a little too much like a demonstration of Jake's amazing guitar skills. Still, it's a very good album.

Editor

(http://www.the-mag.me.uk/Music/Articles/Item/Archive-Shorts-Part-10/)
- The Mag (UK) - 22.04.2009


"Gain Over (Review)"

Out of city of Tyumen, Western Siberia, comes a guitarist and artist Jake ( Dimitriy ) Pashkin. A first musical steps he started as a child, firstly playing accordion, and later on ,he also received a piano lessons. At the age of 15 he started playing guitar, and practically in forthcoming period ( except one longest pause of four years ) he professionally worked with bands/artists, as a session musician, and in last and still actuelle part of carrear, as a solo performer. He also published his own poetry book in 2005, entitled "Acrobaty i Polgoda" ( Acrobats and Half Year ).
Till now Jake was released a 2 solo albums, firstly "Prequel" ( 2007 ), and still actuelle "Gain Over " ( 2009 ). Jake is skillful guitarist, and his interesting fields touches different areas as a rock/fusion/progressive/metal/art rock, and many things in - between. All of mentioned
elements are present in his performing and authors offering, and "Gain Over" as a album is full of mentioned stylish details. He has showed that as a person and performer posses "frantic" playing energy, and also is important to say, that psychologically his approach is nearer to one evident rock pastiche. I would add that maybe Satriani and his legacy could be a leading influental model for Jake, but in many album's places he has showed own authors and performing capabilities. "Gain Over" are consists of mostly equalizing materials/themes, and
productionally absolutely satisfies.

Branimir Lokner

(http://www.barikada.com/bb_lokner/ostala_scena09/2009-04-22_jake_pashkin.php) - Barikada (Serbia) - 22.04.2009


"Gain Over (Detailed Review)"

Prolusion. Russian guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Jake PASHKIN first made a name for himself with the solo album "Prequel" issued late in 2007. "Gain Over" is his sophomore effort and was released at the start of 2009.

Analysis. Pashkin's debut album was a pretty remarkable affair, especially when considering that it was a solo album by a guy who's first and foremost a guitarist. Blending synths and guitars in quirky, innovative and highly fascinating ways, it really stood out amongst other instrumental albums made by guitarists I've come across over the years. For this follow-up production, Pashkin has left most of the earlier experimental mannerisms. Although not totally left behind, this disc follows much more of a mainstream pattern, with references ranging from vintage hard rock like Wishbone Ash to the guitar fireworks heard in the late 80's releases by Joe Satriani. Pashkin tries, and mostly succeeds, in creating a sound of his own though – at least in regards to mood and atmosphere – and although not all the material can be said to be original in scope it is rarely uninteresting. This is first and foremost due to his soloing, where Pashkin strives to avoid exercise-like scale explorations and dreamy atmospheric passages. Most times this is done by a utilizing a playing style that in my non-musician ears comes across as fluent but slightly fragmented, as well as a guitar sound that is relatively undistorted yet with some grit to it. Those familiar with the guitar may offer better explanations than this though :-) For me the most interesting tracks on this disc are the ones truly standing out from the rest in terms of style or sound. And the third track out, Lost Money, is the first of these: a hard rocking, blues-drenched affair with gritty guitar riffs, extensive use of slide guitars and a brief repeated vocal phrase in a rich and energetic display, with a mid-sequence of acoustic guitars and swirling electronic sounds contrasting with the opening and end themes in a neat and compelling fashion. The following composition Big Deal, with its film score-influenced opening and atmosphere is a real charmer too, and the new age-tinged, dreamy Cassiopeia deserves special mention as well. But the highlight of this venture is called Supermobile. Within the five and a half minutes of this excursion most styles explored on the album are compiled into one effort, with some thrilling guitar themes of various kinds and synth spices thrown in on several of the themes explored in total creating a truly stunning and at times really innovative tune.

Conclusion. Although more mainstream-oriented than his debut, Pashkin's latest effort still explores musical territories containing a fair share of innovative features. The compositions come across as less quirky and innovative overall though, and unlike his debut can't be regarded as a release easily described as progressive – this time around such features are mostly to be found in musical elements and textures only. It's a good album though, and if mostly instrumental guitar music of the hard rock variety is to your liking and you enjoy a few select experimental facets to it, this is a creation that should be right up your alley.

Olav Martin Bjornsen

(http://www.progressor.net/review/jake_pashkin_2009.html)

- "Progressor" - 20.05.2009


"Jake Pashkin - "Gain Over""

As the world becomes more technologically advanced, there will be plenty of people to suggest that all things acoustic and electric have been deemed obsolete within the electronic age. However, as long as rock and roll is around, there will always be an interest in the guitar. Playing air guitar is fun; playing air laptop is just sad and pathetic. With that said, the rock instrumental album will remain relevant for a long time.
Did you grow up in a small town where it seemed like every other kid you knew talked about guitarists as if they were gods? Was your adolescence spent with these same kids playing selections for you from Steve Vai, Joe Satriani or Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force? When they weren’t playing these artists for you, could you find them practicing on their own guitars, tapping out riffs from Black Sabbath or Deep Purple over and over? If you have somehow managed to keep in touch with that perpetual head banger, you may want to shoot them an email and let them know that there’s an artist they might be interested in.
Russian guitarist and composer Jake Pashkin continues in the tradition of Satriani and Vai on Gain Over, his follow-up to Prequel. His playing is both technically sound and emotionally stirring, resulting in an exciting and enjoyable listening experience. The brand of rock on this album is both hard and progressive, a blend that allows tension to unfold within each composition. “Unstable System” sets the tone for the album with blistering guitar solos and driving melodies. “Big Deal” begins with the sound of gunfire, police sirens, and people screaming and running for cover. The song kicks in shortly thereafter with a spy motif accentuated by keyboard riffs for horns. For all of its punchy moments, Gain Over isn’t all high energy. “Sleeping Baby” shows the album’s gentler side and allows Pashkin the chance for some very expressive solos without heavier guitars in the background to push him forward. The darker, bluesy undertones of “Cassiopeia” accentuate the wailing of his axe while “Frozen Air” continues the melancholy mood.
It should be noted that Pashkin not only played all the guitars on this release, but also provided some keyboard and percussion work, along with sharing the programming duties with bassist/keyboardist Dmitry Kupriyanov. Pashkin is not only a seasoned musician, but an impressive composer to boot. The song arrangements provided by him and Kupriyanov diversify the album’s content. It is not one long head banger’s ball, nor does it need to be. The changes in harmonic scenarios serve Gain Over well and establish Pashkin as an artist on the rise, one whose name should be known not only in Russia, but across the globe.

Jason Randall Smith

(http://www.reviewyou.com/cdreviewblog/jake-pashkin-gain-over/) - Review You - 17.08.2009


"Jake Pashkin - "Prequel""

It’s not often that you discover a six-string shredder from Russia, but the search is over. Jake Pashkin is an amazingly talented guitarist in the Joe Satriani/Steve Vai vein. Prequel contains ten very self-indulgent instrumental tracks that rely upon a techno-based rhythmic background. Occasional synthesizer melodies provide a counterpoint for the raging guitar solos, but the problem lies in that the melodies don’t tend to stick in your mind for very long. The best instrumental guitar music is able to convince the listener that vocals aren’t a necessary component, yet Pashkin doesn’t manage to pull off the deception.
From a technical standpoint, Pashkin is a guitarist to be admired. While Prequil will be enjoyable to those who found Jeff Beck’s Guitar Shop to be a masterpiece, others may find the album to be worthy of only a momentary diversion.

Doug Cornell

(http://www.hitsession.com/2008/06/siggy-jake-pashkin.html) - Hit Session (Web)


""Prequel" Review"

Prolusion. Jake PASHKIN is a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist from the Russian Federation. "Prequel" is his debut album, released in 2007.

Analysis. For the last 20 years or so, there a staggering amount of albums have been released with guitar-dominated instrumental music exploring a style mixing hard rock with heavy metal, highlighting the guitarists' technique as well as compositional skills. Most often these releases are dominated by the technical aspects of guitar playing, with speed and the ability to perform advanced segments the most important aspects of these releases, with descriptions of being self-indulgent never being far behind when detailing. Jake Pashkin is the first artist based in the Russian Federation I have come across making this kind of album, and I'm very happy to be able to say that this is an artist not afraid to venture outside the box, so to speak. The traditionalist crowd does get quite a few pieces here that should be appealing, though; there are some rockers as well as slower, mellower tunes that aren't too experimental. Pashkin shows off some nice chops, melodies and solos on these pieces, but with some minor details added compared to other artists exploring the same genre. One such detail is the guitar sound itself: warm, pleasant, but also slightly more distorted than ordinary. The melody lines, segments and solos are a tad more quirky and complex than what you'll find on the average CD in this genre; Pashkin is fond of using slightly fragmented segments rather than longer explorations, adding a nice drive and intensity to his compositions. That the evolution of the songs at times is a bit unexpected due to this technique is a big plus in my opinion. Keyboards and synthesizers add textures to the tunes of a kind not too often found on similar releases, giving the music a slight electronic leaning at times. What really make this album stand out are the more experimental tunes, though. The pieces where most elements common to this style of music are twisted, changed or left out, and a completely different musical world is explored; where the guitar is more fragmented than ever, while supplying riffs, licks or solos; where disharmonic and dissonant elements are added, while at the same time staying melodic. Segments evolving towards cacophony never actually entering such a mood, but staying pretty close at times; songs where the synths get a more major role, in supplying rhythms, moods, melodies and effects, adding psychedelic, spacey and industrial leanings to the tunes. These compositions, best exemplified by the brilliant Dying Dolphin, are unpredictable, fascinating and wild. Often I got the impression that this is what it would sound like if Ozric Tentacles, Hawkwind and Joe Satriani (or perhaps Steve Vai) ever met up for a jam session.

Conclusion. A prequel is a work describing events that have happened in the past, a pre-history of current events. And with a prequel such as this, I can't wait to be able to discover what is current in the musical world of Jake Pashkin. This album is of course given a high recommendation from me, to liberal-minded fans of instrumental metal in particular and fans of experimental instrumental rock in general.

Olav Martin Bjornsen

(http://www.progressor.net/review/jake_pashkin_2008.html) - "Progressor" - 25.08.2008


Discography

2007 - PREQUEL (LP)
2009 - GAIN OVER (LP)

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Jake Pashkin is the guitarplayer and composer from Russia.
After a number of years working with bands, in 2007 Jake started to work as a solo-artist; releasing his debut album «PREQUEL».
Pashkin's music combines features of hard rock, progressive rock and psychedelic rock, with a contemporary electronic sounds and arrangements.
Main influences: Jeff Beck, Led Zeppelin, Bill Frisell, Tomoyasu Hotei, Air, Steve Vai, Buckethead, Ozric Tentacles, King Crimson.