1. BLACK OUT 5:36
2. RANDOM SEQUENCER 7:13
3. MONTE DEL CERRO 3:53
4. MARS 7:46
5. COMPASSION 7:25
6. THINKING HEAD 6:20
7. DOUBLE PLUNGE 5:31
8. LA CONCHIGLIA 6:12
9. FAMILY`S PARTY 7:29
Riccardo Fassi Quartet with Alex Sipiagin
Riccardo Fassi, piano, keyboards, composer, arranger
Alex Sipiagin, trumpet, fluegelhorn
Steve Cantarano , bass, arranger
John Arnold , drums
RICCARDO FASSI piano, keyboards, composer, arranger
Riccardo Fassi has already played with such musicians as: Steve Grossman, Kenny Wheeler, Steve Lacy, Gary
Smulyan, Beaver Harris, Don Moye, Billy Cobham, Lew Tabakin, Sal Nistico, Bob Mover, Rufus Reid, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Mark Dresser, Tim Berne, Brian Carrott, Flavio Boltro, Gunther Schuller, John Riley, Massimo
Urbani, Antonello Salis, Bill Elgart, Adam Nussbaum, Dennis Irwin, Peter Kowald, Ronnie Cuber, Enrico Rava,
Gianluigi Trovesi, Alex Sipiagin and many others. Festivals and concerts in USA, Argentina, Suisse, Germany,
Croatia, Spain and Slovenia. Since 1983, he has formed and conducted his own big band, the Tankio Band, which is
one of the most original realities in the italian music. He has released 20 records as a leader, 6 of them with the
Tankio Band. The cd Tankio Band Plays Frank Zappa has been awarded as the 5th italian best jazz record of the year
by the main italian jazz magazine "Musica Jazz". The Group Tankio Band was voted as one of the best italian group
of the year in many critics poll.
Riccardo Fassi has recorded for yvp music:
CD 3036 Riccardo Fassi New York Trio feat. Rufus Reid & Marvin "Smitty" Smith
CD 3092 Riccardo Fassi New York Quintet feat. Dennis Irwin, Bryan Carrott, Adam Nussbaum, Gary Smulyan
CD 3124 Riccardo Fassi Quartet with Alex Sipiagin "Double Plunge".
ALEX SIPIAGIN trumpet, fluegelhorn
Alex Sipiagin was born on June 11, 1967 in Yaroslavl, Russia, a town known for being home to one of Russia's most famous opera singers, Leonid Sobinov, also Alex's great-grandfather. Alex began playing the trumpet at age 12, studying with one of Yaroslavl's best teachers, Mikael Tsamaev, and later continued his classical training and music studies at the Gnessin Conservatory in Moscow for a total of 8 years. During that time, he served the mandatory 2 years in the Russian army, then returned to the Conservatory to finish his studies. In 1990, Alex son first place in a Russian young jazz players' competition in Rostov City. 1991, Alex moved to New York City. In 1994, Alex became a regular member of the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band. 1995, Alex became a regular for the Mingus Big Band, which still performs every Thursday night at The Fez in the Time Cafe located in downtown, New York City, and later the Mingus Orchestra from 1998. He also performed with Eric Clapton, Dr. John and Elvis Costello amongst others. In 2000, Dave Holland invited him to be a part of his newly formed big band, which he regularly tours and records with, including the Grammy Award Winning album "What Goes Around".
Today Alex regularly performs, records and tours worldwide with the Mingus Big Band, the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band and the Dave Holland Big Band.
STEVE CANTARANO bass, arranger
Studies: With C. Monteleoni, Gerardo lacoucci, P. Cardarelli and A. Pighi.
Degrees: Diploma in "double bass" at the conservatory "L. D'Annunzio" of Pescara, Diploma in "Musica jazz" at the
conservatory "L. Refice" of Frosinone.
Collaborations: With Enrico Pieranunzi, Maurizio Giammarco, Massimo Urbani, Paolo Fresu, Ettore Fioravanti,
Riccardo Fassi, Eddy Palermo, Pietro Tonolo, Mike Melillo, Dusko Gojkovic, Etta Cameron, Donald Harrison,
Eddie Wied, John Ramsay, Bob Gullotti, Idris Muhammad, Gary Bartz, George Garzone, Gary Smulyan, Bryan Carrott,
Lee Konitz, Mike Goodrick, Rick Margitza, Alex Sipiagin and Stefania Tallini.
Festivals: I Festival Internazionale di Atina (1986), VI Rassegna Jazz in Italia, VIII Festival Internazionale del Jazz
di Milano, Siena Jazz (1990), Festival Internazionale Umbria Jazz (1989, 1991), Festival Jazz di Urbino (1996),
Festival Internazionale Villa Celimontana (Rome, 95/96/97/98/99).
TV, radio: Trasmissioni radiofoniche: Radio 1 serata jazz, Radio 3, Radio Vaticana. Trasmissioni televisive: Rai 1, TMC.
Discographie: One dozen CD's, three of them for yvp music:
CD 3030 Gerardo lacoucci Modern Big Band "Great News From Italy"
CD 3114 Stefania Tallini Trio and Guests "New Live"
CD 3124 Riccarco Fassi Quartet with Alex Sipiagin "Double Plunge".
JOHN ARNOLD drums
John Arnold was born in New York City. His interest in becoming a musician came partly from his mother's eclectic collection of records which included Gato Barbieri, Marvin Gaye and the operas of Giacomo Puccini and Giuseppe Verdi and greatly from his heritage, his grandfather being the famous American songwriter Hoagy Carmichael. Tired of New York's hectic lifestyle, John's mother decided to move the two of them to Rome Italy where John frequented an American high school studying music after school and on the weekends. John starting working as a full time musician in most of the jazz clubs in Rome and around Italy and Europe. As a musician in Europe, John has performed and toured with: Chet Barker, Ray Bryant, Barney Kessel, Mike Melillo, Bob Mover, Pepper Adams, Lee Konitz, Sal! Nistico, Steve Grossman, Barney Wilen, Massimo Urbani, Maurizio Giammarco, Enrico Pieranunzi, Franco Cerri, Antonio Farao, Giovanni Tommaso, Stefano Di Battista, Flavio Boltro, Franco D'Andrea, Tullio De Piscopo, Tony Esposito, James Senese, Danilo Rea, Dado Moroni, Massimo Farao, Rita Marcotulli and the San Remo Symphony Orchestra. With the death of his mother in 1991 John moved back to New York. During his stay in New York, John has had the opportunity to play and record with a variety of great musicians, amongst those: Gary Thomas, Gary Smulyan, Michael Formanek, Alex Sipiagin, Matthew Garrison, Kenny Garrett, John Patitucci, John Abercrombie, Martha Reeves and the Vendellas, Larry Schneider, to name a few.