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Robert Anchipolovsky

Born 1974 in Kiev (Ukraine).In his music family father was also jazz saxophonist, and grandfather was professor of academy of music in Kiev.

At around the age of nine Robert has begun to play the clarinet under direction of his father and grandfather.

He started practicing the classic music of Mozart, Weber, Shpor, etc. In 1982 he has started to practice at music college in Kiev. In 1988 Robert has started to practice alto saxophone because he loved jazz music more, and of course, he loved the musice of Charlie Parker and John Coltrane.

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It would have been a challenge for any pianist to follow those fireworks, but Larry Willis brought some of his own. Leading a quartet featuring the Kiev-born, Israeli-based alto saxophonist Robert Anchipolovsky, Willis and friends played various standards, including “Milestones,” “Rhythm-a-Ning” and Herbie Hancock’s “I Have a Dream,” as well as his own stirring “Ethiopia.” Willis is well known in the States for his many solo and sideman appearances, but the revelation on this night was Anchipolovsky, whose big, bright sound and strongly swinging, on-top-of-the-beat solos revealed the influence of one of his teachers, Phil Woods.

--Larry Appelbaum, JAZZ TIMES

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