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Alex Sipiagin: Equilibrium

It’s high time more people start taking notice of Alex Sipiagin. With all the understandable buzz surrounding the Dave Holland Big Band, perhaps listeners will remember the name of the Russian-born guy in the trumpet section. Maybe the more adventurous types will seek out Equilibrium, his fourth Criss Cross album.

A Thelonious Monk interpretation serves as an example that there’s more going on here than what might be initially perceived. The group plays “Evidence” but Scott Colley throws a red herring in the intro by playing the bass line to “Misterioso.” So when the jagged theme begins, the center is hard to find-and when Sipiagin takes a solo the tune becomes something original and driving.

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