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Alex Sipiagin: NoFo Skies

Read "NoFo Skies" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

An active veteran of touring stages around the world, Russian trumpeter Alex Sipiagin has sessioned with, among many, Dr. John, Elvis Costello, Dave Holland's Big Band, Michael Brecker's Sextet and Quindecet, plus the Mingus Big Band, Dynasty Band, and Orchestra. For NoFo Skies, his first disc on Blue Room, Sipiagin reassembles his crackling three-horn septet from the loudly-acclaimed Moments Captured (Criss Cross, 2017) and delivers a crackling, ten-song set of smartly-crafted, sweet-listening originals. Sipiagin and company waste no ...

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Alex Sipiagin: Moments Captured

Read "Moments Captured" reviewed by Andrew Luhn

Trumpeter Alex Sipiagin's 12th outing as a leader for the esteemed Criss Cross label finds him returning to the three-horn front line format that he previously explored on the masterful “Destinations Unknown" (Criss Cross, 2011). Returning from that date are tenor giant Chris Potter and the unrelentingly groovy Eric Harland on drums. David Binney is Sipiagin's usual choice of alto players, (having appeared on three of his previous releases,) however this time around Will Vinson completes the horn section on ...

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Alex Sipiagin: Balance 38-58

Read "Balance 38-58" reviewed by Andrew Luhn

Jazz fans who have followed trumpeter Alex Sipiagin's career thus far will have noticed that he likes to approach his original (and highly unique) music differently on each new album he presents. His 2013 release on the distinguished Criss Cross label, Overlooking Moments, presented his music in a stripped-down, chord-less quartet setting and focused on the dynamic interplay between Sipiagin, tenor-giant Chris Potter, and the formidable rhythm section of Scott Colley and Eric Harland. In contrast, his excellent 2011 sextet ...

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Alex Sipiagin: From Reality And Back

Read "From Reality And Back" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

From Reality And Back comes off as notable before a note of music ever reaches the ears. In fact, this album presents itself as a bit of a jazz PR dream: bassist Dave Holland makes a rare sideman appearance here, guitarist Pat Metheny contributed an original written strictly for this project ("Son, Uvedeny Posle"), and the rest of the band is rounded out by A-listers like pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, whose label--5passion--serves as the record's home. After hearing all of that, ...

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Alex Sipiagin: Destinations Unknown

Read "Destinations Unknown" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Life on the road can often wear musicians down, but it can also inspire them to great heights. Trumpeter Alex Sipiagin's travels took him to Taiwan, Spain, Italy, France, Japan and Holland in the months preceding the recording session for this album in January, 2011 and each one of those locales helped to stir his creative impulses. This gripping session of heart-pounding jazz, which possesses the edge and attitude delivered by New York modernists, is the end result of a ...

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Alex Sipiagin: Generations

Read "Generations" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In many ways, Woody Shaw was the dominant voice on the trumpet between Freddie Hubbard and the rise of Wynton Marsalis. Like Hubbard, Shaw could be an aggressive force, but his writing style, tone and angular soloing set him apart. His tragic and untimely death put him in the same category as fellow Blakey trumpeters Clifford Brown and Lee Morgan but, unlike those two men, Shaw's music and legacy is woefully neglected in today's jazz world. Trumpeter ...

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Alex Sipiagin: Generations

Read "Generations" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Alex Sipiagin pays it forward with his eighth Criss Cross release, Generations, dedicated to the late Woody Shaw, a lesser celebrated but brilliant trumpeter who performed with artists including Anthony Braxton, Chick Corea, Eric Dolphy, Andrew Hill. A fiery stylist with perfect pitch and lyricism, Shaw was admired by peers and emulated by up-and-comers as Sipiagin confirms, “Even now, many years later, every time I listen to Woody, I always find something new and inspiring." Sipiagin is ...

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Alex Sipiagin: Generations

Read "Generations" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

Woody Shaw was highly regarded as one of the finest trumpeters and composers of his era at the time of his tragic death in 1989, at the age of 44. Alex Sipiagin, an exciting young trumpeter, pays an eloquent tribute to Shaw with Generations, a blend of a few Shaw compositions with some of his own writing.From his first original tune, “Greenwood I," Sipiagin's skill and intelligence are evident. Sipiagin works the melody like a surgeon, to build ...

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Alex Sipiagin: Mirages

Read "Mirages" reviewed by John Kelman

With little muss or fuss, trumpeter Alex Sipiagin has been gradually building a first-call reputation. Since emigrating from Russia in the early '90s, he has played with everyone from the late Michael Brecker and James Moody to David Binney and the Mingus Big Band. But it's his association with Dave Holland that's garnered him the greatest name recognition. He's a charter member of the bassist's Big Band, he's gigged with Holland's as-yet-unrecorded Octet, and toured extensively with the Sextet responsible ...

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Alex Sipiagin: Burning For Jazz

Read "Alex Sipiagin: Burning For Jazz" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

The 1980s in the Soviet Union was a time when the role and rule of the Communist Party were being questioned and unmasked by the policy of “glasnost"--less censorship and greater freedom of information--that was emerging. Before glasnost fully took hold, and before U.S. President Ronald Reagan famously told Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall" and dismantle the Communist symbol that separated East and West Berlin, jazz music was still hard to come by.

Some ...

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Alex Sipiagin: Out of the Circle

Read "Out of the Circle" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Out of the Circle by trumpeter/flugelhornist, Alex “Sasha" Sipiagin, provides modern jazz that is evenly vitalizing and cerebral. The recording's smooth style matches the lush sound of its leader's horns. But this is by no means tepid music, especially with some resourceful charts and stellar contributions from saxophonist Donny McCaslin, trombonist Robin Eubanks, guitarist Adam Rogers, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Antonio Sanchez, among others. With a number of recordings under the Criss Cross label, Russian-born Sipiagin is ...

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Alex Sipiagin: Out of the Circle

Read "Out of the Circle" reviewed by John Kelman

Over the course of seven years and six albums for Criss Cross, trumpeter Alex Sipiagin has been evolving as a player, writer and bandleader, with Prints (2007) his most fully realized effort to date. Still, the Dutch record label's insistence on short sessions--usually only a single day--imposes practical limitations on what its artists can accomplish on a larger scale. While Sipiagin continues to record for Criss Cross, the larger ensemble and more ambitious compositional scope of Out of the Circle--his ...


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