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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

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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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Article: Under the Radar

A Different Drummer, Pt. 7: Rudy Royston’s Higher Calling

Read "A Different Drummer, Pt. 7: Rudy Royston’s Higher Calling" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


A look at Rudy Royston's resume tells you that the drummer should be more recognized. Royston has racked up credits with Nate Wooley, Jon Irabagon, Tom Harrell, Aruán Ortiz, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Bill Frisell, JD Allen, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ron Miles, Noah Preminger, Ben Allison, Tim Ries, Alex Sipiagin, Linda May Han Oh, Bruce Barth, Don Byron, ...

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Article: Album Review

Misha Tsiganov: Misha's Wishes

Read "Misha's Wishes" reviewed by Edward Blanco


New York-based pianist and composer Misha Tsiganov, a well-established jazz veteran having appeared on countless albums throughout his career, presents his seventh recording as leader with Misha's Wishes, conceived and birthed during the COVID pandemic, when his time at home offered the perfect opportunity to develop this project. The long-time isolation during 2020 allowed the pianist ...

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Article: Profile

Johnathan Blake: un batterista ai vertici

Read "Johnathan Blake: un batterista ai vertici" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Accolto tra i lavori migliori dell'anno dalle massime riviste internazionali Homeward Bound, è il quarto disco di Johnathan Blake e il debutto con l'etichetta Blue Note. L'album ha finalmente evidenziato le doti di compositore e leader del 45enne batterista di Philadelphia, figlio del violinista John Blake Jr., noto partner di McCoy Tyner, Archie Shepp, James Newton, ...

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Article: Album Review

Boris Kozlov: First Things First

Read "First Things First" reviewed by John Chacona


During the early days of pandemic-induced isolation, old folkways and techniques suddenly became new again (remember the shortages of baking yeast and canning supplies?). The old ways are nothing new at Posi-Tone records, which has maintained an unflagging allegiance to swing, juicy melodies and fiery playing. Those qualities, all present on bassist Boris Kozlov's First Things ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Pat Metheny, Gerald Gradwohl, Alex Sipiagin, Nicholas Llerandi and Lee Puckett

Read "Pat Metheny, Gerald Gradwohl, Alex Sipiagin, Nicholas Llerandi and Lee Puckett" reviewed by Len Davis


New releases from 2021 including Robin & The Hoods, Desertion Trio, Scary Goldings, Pat Metheny and Alex Sipiagin. Playlist Robin & The Hoods “Moonfall" from Moonfall (Self Produced) 00:00 Desertion Trio “Albion" from Numbers Maker (Cuneiform) 05:43 Accordo Dei Contrary “The Short Century" from U R (Cuneiform) 11:32 Gerald Gradwohl “Jabo" from Episode 6 ...

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PURPLE REFLECTION

Label: Nery Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: 1. Love Poem (戀歌) 2. Luna 3. Purple Reflection 4. BD 5. Merveille 6. Mikyren 7. Falling Blossoms (落花) 8. Aster

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Rest/Unrest

Label: N/A
Released: 2021
Track listing: Rest/Unrest; Lucid Awakening; Let Their Voices Sing; Deassurance; Soul Harvest; Reconstruction; Fall/Rebuild; Solemn

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Hiding in Plain Sight

Label: Whaling City Sound
Released: 2021
Track listing: Stories Passed; Cobalt; Falling Ahead; Thinkers Anonymous; Ask Again; Sublimate; Point Turn; Appels to Apples; Edge Walker.


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