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Alex Sipiagin

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Alex Sipiagin was born on June 11, 1967 in Yaroslavl, Russia, a provincial city 150 miles from Moscow known for being home to one of Russia’s most famous opera singers, Leonid Sobinov, also Alex’s great-grand uncle. At 12 years of age, he began playing in a children's orchestra, studying under the great symphonic trumpeter and teacher, Mikhael Tsamaiev, his first inspiration. It was shortly after entering a local musical college at age 15 that Sipiagin was introduced to and inspired by what few and rare taped recordings were available in Russia of bebop and other jazz music. He knew he had to go to Moscow for a chance to learn more, and at 16 auditioned for the Moscow Music Institute, where he beat out 50 other students to get in

Article: Live Review

Vicenza Jazz 2024

Read "Vicenza Jazz 2024" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Vicenza Jazz 2024 Varie sedi 5--19.5.2024 Il clou della ventottesima edizione di Vicenza Jazz, che ha puntato i riflettori in particolare su protagonisti odierni del pianoforte, si è concentrato dal 13 al 19 maggio. Dopo i concerti serali del 13 e 14 maggio programmati al Teatro Olimpico, dal 15 fino alla conclusione ...

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Mel's Vision

Label: Criss Cross
Released: 2023
Track listing: Mel’s Vision; Summer’s End; Four By Five; Maritima; Vesnianka; Bird Food; Balmoral Point; Peggy’s Blue Skylight; Bird Food (alternative take).

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Article: Album Review

Art Hirahara: Echo Canyon

Read "Echo Canyon" reviewed by Neil Duggan


The planned happenstance theory states that unplanned events can create new opportunities. So it was that Art Hirahara was in the right place at the right time, taking last-minute advantage of studio time at Brooklyn's Acoustic Recording studio following a cancellation by another artist. Along with his long time collaborators, bassist Boris Kozlov and drummer Rudy ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Conrad Herwig: A Voice Through the Door

Read "Conrad Herwig: A Voice Through the Door" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


In the challenging economic and political climate of present day, it seems that much time is spent on matters of only fleeting importance. Furthermore, it seems that our culture has experienced a paradigm shift that places more emphasis on immediacy and instant fulfillment and less on rumination and appreciation of more profound matters. On the one ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Opus 5: Introducing Opus 5

Read "Opus 5: Introducing Opus 5" reviewed by Josef Woodard


The Evident Charms and Secret Powers of Five For all the myriad varieties and contextual possibilities under the rubric of what makes for a valid jazz group, there is something distinctively powerful and tradition-enriched about the number five. Smaller groups tighten up the focus on individual voices involved, and often frame a specified protagonist leader, while ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Criss Cross Records: The Healing Power Of Authenticity

Read "Criss Cross Records: The Healing Power Of Authenticity" reviewed by Chris May


When the founder of the Netherlands-based Criss Cross Jazz label, Gerry Teekens, passed away in 2019, there was an odds-on chance that Criss Cross would leave town with him. That is often the fate, in such circumstances, of organisations led by a singular visionary and defined by their personal aesthetic. The loss of the label would ...

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Article: In Pictures

Umbria Jazz Winter 2022, Part 2

Read "Umbria Jazz Winter 2022, Part 2" reviewed by Roberto Cifarelli


Article: Live Review

Umbria Jazz Winter 2022

Read "Umbria Jazz Winter 2022" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Umbria Jazz Winter 29 Orvieto Varie sedi 28.12.22--1.1.23 Nel programma della ventinovesima edizione del festival orvietano, la prima pagina era interamente dedicata alla memoria di Franco Fayenz, scomparso il 25 ottobre 2022; critico dall'impronta unica, capace di conciliare analisi musicale e sana divulgazione, era anche un amico storico di Umbria Jazz. ...

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Misha's Wishes

Label: Criss Cross
Released: 2022
Track listing: Fire Horse; Strike Up the Band; Misha's Wishes; There Was A Birch Tree In the Field, So What; Lost in Her Eyes; Just A Scale; Give Me Five; Hope and Despair; Comrade Conrad; Are You With Me.


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