Misha Tsiganov: Dedication (2012)
Tenor sax ace Donny McCaslin and first-call drummer Gene Jackson comprise the American contingent and help temper the flow with Tsiganov's ode to sax great Wayne Shorter on "Long Shorter." Here, the soloists' extract Shorter's ballad-based warmth and intrinsic soulfulness. With elongated melodies and spikes in the overall pitch, the leader's thoughtful phrasings and flailing single note runs help anchor the primary theme, leading to expansion and the frontline's blustery interactions. At times temperate, yet largely fervent in scope, they ascend the piece into a series of yearning choruses, maximized by McCaslin's full-bodied tone and rousing lines, as the band walks it back down for the finale.
Tsiganov brings quite a bit to the table amid sustainable compositions, snappy arrangements and imaginative excursions that strikingly merge old values with upbeat modernism. He's most assuredly one to watch.
Track Listing: Yasya; Billie's Bounce; For Olena's Birthday; One For Norman; Long Shorter; Mister J.C.; Ella; I Could Write A Book.
Personnel: Misha Tsiganov: piano; Alex Sipiagin: trumpet; Donny McCaslin:tenor saxophone; Boris Kozlov: bass; Gene Jackson: drums.
Record Label: Self Produced