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Trumpeter/flügelhornist Alex Sipiagin is a veteran of the Mingus Big Band who has recorded extensively as a leader prior to this CD, though this is his first outing for a U.S. label. Aside from guitarist Adam Rogers, most of the artists are making their first appearances on a Sipiagin project, including trombonist Robin Eubanks, drummer Antonio Sanchéz, bassist Scott Colley, multi-reed player Donny McCaslin, and keyboardist Henry Hey. "Out of the Circle" is the most infectious selection, with its swirling bossa nova theme. The lively "Flash" is full of sudden twists, showcasing Colley and percusssionist Daniel Sadownick. The leader's wife, vocalist Monday Michiru, is added on several tracks. She has an engaging voice in the demanding Brazilian-flavored "Afternoon Dreams" (for which she wrote the lyrics). Michiru composed the pop ballad "Sketches of Myself," which is hampered somewhat by her distracting programming, though her husband's rich bass trumpet solo stands out.


Born: June 11, 1967 in Yaroslavl, Russia

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Russian-born jazz trumpeter Alex Sipiagin is an adroit trumpet technician and forward-thinking post-bop improviser who has made his mark on the international jazz scene ever since moving to the United States in the early '90s. Alexei "Sasha" Sipiagin was born on June 11, 1967 in Yaroslavl, Russia. Growing up, Sipiagin studied classical trumpet and played in a youth orchestra. At around age 15 he enrolled in a local music school, where he first encountered modern jazz. Inspired to study more jazz,...
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  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Mar 04, 2008

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