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Out of the Circle

Alex SipiaginAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Wind Dance 9:45Album Only
listen  2. Afternoon Dreams(With Monday Michiru)10:28Album Only
listen  3. Echoes Of Thought 8:46Album Only
listen  4. Out Of The Circle10:39Album Only
listen  5. Flash 7:02Album Only
listen  6. Syn 9:02Album Only
listen  7. Sketches Of Myself(With Monday Michiru) 7:49Album Only

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  • Audio CD (March 4, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sunny Side Records
  • ASIN: B0012IWIEK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,838 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When Russia was under Communist rule, jazz represented freedom, and one of its freedom fighters was the ebullient trumpeter Valery Ponomarev, who played with many distinguished stars including Art Blakey. Now, that country has delivered to the jazz world a new herald on that instrument: the talented trumpeter and flugelhornist Alex Sipiagin, on his Sunnyside debut, Out of the Circle.

With many CDs to his credit, the New York-based Sipiagin a mainstay in various Mingus aggregations, Dave Holland s groups and in wife Monday Michiru s band has put together a fine assembly of top flight musicians on this disc, including Michiru, bassist Scott Colley, drummer Antonio Sanchez, guitarist Adam Rogers, Sunnyside tenor/soprano saxophonist/flutist Donny McCaslin, keyboardist Henry Hey, percussionist Daniel Sadownick accordionist Gil Goldstein, and trombonist Robin Eubanks.

Much of the music on this CD evolved from a 2007 Criss Cross release entitled Prints.
For example the track Path on Prints relates to Wind Dance on this album Sipiagin writes in the CD liner notes. I only recently realized that both songs were written under similar circumstances; while Path was written on a train coming back from a Dave Holland gig in DC, Wind Dance was written a year later going on a plane to Dave's gig in Tennessee. These two songs reflect my deep love and respect for Dave and his music... Another correlation is Mood III in Prints and the title track to this album ..., which I feel have a connection to each other and is a continuum from one to the next. At one stage I was considering naming this song Mood IV , and feel this could even be its alternate title. I feel there are similar if not the same colors shared between the two songs.

No doubt Dave Holland s influence is evident in Sipiagin s work, but he s his own man compositionally. The seven tracks on this collection swing with an intricate, yet accessible CTI-like, Latinesque mainstream swing, contrapuntal hornlines, engaging percussive percolations, and intelligent keyboards, which set the supple and swinging stage for the leader s trumpet and flugelhorn. For many listeners who are aware of my previous works, I believe you will find that this album is more spread out in different directions, Sipiagin writes. For me, however, it's actually a straight line. This time I tried to explore some other areas such as Brazilian and even going a little into the pop direction with the help of my wife. Indeed the tracks that feature Monday Michiru s vocals, Afternoon Dreams, and Sketches of Myself, are particular standouts.

With Out of the Circle as his launching pad to new artistic heights, Michael Sipiagin s artistry will go far into the future, fueled by the people, places and spaces he s seen. It is also no doubt due to the influence of the people I have been working with in the last several years such as Dave Holland and Michael Brecker. It really helped me to realize and learn how not to be disappointed if things aren't going the way I expect or want, to remain positive and move forward. I applied this thought towards this project in that while it might not be at the level I want it to be, I still have room to grow for the next project.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Back to the 70's May 23, 2008
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I don't understand the vehemently negative reaction of the other reviewer. This is a solid and enjoyable album, that mixes some of Dave Holland's time-signature acrobatics with a generally mellower, warmer sound. The vocals are average - far from awful - and while the lyrics _are_ awful, they fit into the 70's vibe that much of the album has. I personally find Dave Holland's later albums technically impressive but a little cool and mechanical. This record is more laid back, and if you can't stand the sound of 70's "cross-over" jazz (NOTHING like lite jazz or dog help us smooth jazz), it's not for you. But it's a fine record on its own merits.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Alex Sipiagin makes a more elaborate CD October 14, 2009
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The liner notes to "Out Of The Circle" say that this CD is special because Alex Sipiagin was able to spend more time (and money) recording it. It simply isn't a 'set up the mics and press record' type of jazz CD. Most of the other musicians are familiar -- Donny McCaslin, Robin Eubanks, Antonio Sanchez, Scott Colley, Gil Goldstein, Adam Rogers, Daniel Sadownick, Henry Hey (keys), and Monday Michiru (vocals & programming). Sipiagin wrote most of the songs, though the two vocal songs were written by or with Monday Michiru. The songs are well-done mainstream jazz, and the playing is excellent throughout. The songs have a few twists and turns, though the song forms don't get too complicated. The production is a help and hindrance - since the edges are sanded down it might have some more appeal, but it also keeps it out of the top echelon of 2009 jazz CD's. I like Michiru's vocal songs since she sings the jazzy songs straightforwardly without overdoing the stereotypical jazz inflections. Even though Sipiagin's trumpet style isn't individualistic enough for me to recognize in a crowd, he is a very good trumpet player, and given the time (and money) he made "Out Of The Circle" a very good CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alex Sipiagin December 12, 2008
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Great record! Alex Sipiagin - where has he been hiding (Russia, I guess)? Mulgrew Miller at his best, as well.

Dave Holland's best CD in years.
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By ScottW
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It doesn't get old - it's not trendy but rather timeless. You won't be unhappy with this one if you like jazz.
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