Archive for November 16th, 2013

Alex Sipiagin – From Reality and Back

It’s like taking a few pages from the 1970s cookbooks of Freddie Hubbard and Miles Davis, adding one’s own recipes and coming up with something that is at once familiar yet very different. Trumpeter Alex Sipiagin’s From Reality and Back (5Passion, 2013) gives that impression.

With Sipiagin are Dave Holland, double bass; Antonio Sanchez, drums and percussion; Seamus Blake, saxophone; and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, acoustic and electric pianos.

“Around the Bend” is an ambient, free-flowing piece. All five players get moments in the spotlight, but it’s their cohesion as a unit that carries the overall piece. Rubalcaba’s electric piano is one part Chick Corea, one part Eumir Deodato and one part Michael Bluestein. However, Sanchez nearly steals the show during the keyboard solo. Sipiagin and Blake blend beautifully during the melodic passages, mixing overlapping phrases with unison.

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