On his seventh Criss Cross album Russian trumpeter Alex Sipiagin offers a program of four originals, a tune apiece by Joe Henderson and Wayne Shorter from their 60s Blue Note period, and a songbook chestnut, approaching each one with virtuoso chops and fresh ideas, in the process reaffirming his position as a major voice in his instrument's timeline.
Joining him are pianist Mulgrew Miller, Sipiagin's bandmate in the Dave Holland Sextet; tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake, a musical colleague since the mid-90's, when both started working with the Mingus Big Band; bassist Boris Kozlov, with whom Sipiagin emigrated to New York from Russia in 1991; and state-of-the-art New York drummer Johnathan Blake.
|1.||One For Mike I (Alex Sipiagin) 8:54|
|2.||Mirages (Alex Sipiagin) 10:39|
|3.||Live Score (Alex Sipiagin) 9:57|
|4.||Levitin's Kingdom (Alex Sipiagin) 7:10|
|5.||Just One Of Those Things (Cole Porter) 10:23|
|6.||Tetragon (Joe Henderson) 8:06|
|7.||Iris (Wayne Shorter) 6:00|
|8.||One For Mike II (Alex Sipiagin) 9:15|
Total Time: 70:55
Recorded June 17, 2008 in Brooklyn, NY, USA by Michael Marciano