Misha Tsiganov: Always Going West (2007)
Today, Tsiganov maintains several musical connections including holding down a long-standing gig with the Norman Hedman group, Tropique, along with his brother, vibraphonist Alexei. His own quintet, which consists of three Russians, is featured on his first solo recording, Always Going West. The quintet serves as an outlet for the pianist's music and the talents of his ensemble. Trumpeter Alex Sipiagin is given most of the melody statements, and the first three compositions are bright bebop tunes. Sipiagin does get to lay out on the pianist's attractive ballad "Waltz For Olena" but on the closing composition, "Gone From My Mind," provides a beautifully burnished trumpet.
Sipiagin saves his best for "Say Where You've Gone," on which his solo is long and driving until Tsiganov picks up the musical baton and raises the bar even higher with his dazzling bebop style. All of the tunes are Tsiganov originals with the exception of the Russian folk song "Dark Eyes," which is prefaced by a three-minute percussion solo from Samuel Torres.
Track Listing: Anthony; Another Rainy Day; Roller Coaster; Waltz For Olena; Dark Eyes Intro; Dark Eyes; Always Going West; Say Where You've Gone; Gone From My Mind.
Personnel: Misha Tsiganov: piano; Alex Sipiagin: trumpet, flugelhorn; Boris Kozlov: bass: Gene Jackson: drums; Samuel Torres: cajon, shaker, caxixi, djembe, congas, udu, EFX.