Alex Sipiagin Quintet

A passionate performance by an all-star group

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Alex Sipiagin, who was born in Russia, moved to the U.S. in 1990 when he was 23.

He has since worked with the Gil Evans Orchestra, the Mingus Big Band, Michael Brecker, George Gruntz, Dave Holland, Opus 5, Conrad Herwig, and many others including most often with his own groups.

A powerful trumpeter with an attractive sound, Sipiagin has led at least 18 albums that help to define the modern mainstream of jazz.

For this performance, filmed live at Smalls Jazz Club in New York, Sipiagin is on flugelhorn heading a quintet also featuring tenor-saxophonist Seamus Blake, pianist Dave Kikoski, bassist Boris Kozlov, and drummer Ari Hoenig.

The solos are energetic and inventive with Hoenig (who was subbing at the last minute) sounding quite comfortable with the group.

-Scott Yanow


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