152

Misha Tsiganov: Always Going West

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Misha Tsiganov: Always Going West Pianist Misha Tsiganov became smitten with the jazz art form as a youngster in Russia. Residing in New York City since the early 1990s, the artist has acquired an impressive resume via stints with percussionist Norman Hedman and trumpeter Randy Brecker, for example, while scoring and recording for TV. Here, Tsiganov drives his band into the fast lane amid a string of rapidly-flowing and vivacious bop workouts, while sustaining a group-centric vibe throughout.

With the opener "Anthony, Tsiganov's fluid, counterbalancing chord progressions helps steer the quartet through a torrid swing/bop motif, where trumpeter Alex Sipiagin and drummer Gene Jackson mix it up in hyper-mode fashion. But the pianist intermittently tempers the quartet's velocity during a few gentle ballads. And one of the striking characteristics of this album pertains to the ensemble's ability to go for the proverbial jugular in a seamless manner that conveys a degree of weightlessness. In addition, Tsiganov demonstrates great sensitivity due to his moments of restraint and penchant for executing dynamics when it counts.

Percussionist Samuel Torres' extended solo on "Dark Eyes Intro, provides the initial ammo for the band's briskly swinging impetus during the follow-up composition, "Dark Eyes. Tsiganov finalizes the outing on a somber note during his pronouncement of tenderness and warmth on the closer, "Gone from My Mind. Overall, the leader's crafty arrangements and impressive technique sparks a prismatic musical vista, augmented by his band-mates' authoritative execution and lyrically-charged soloing spots. No doubt, Tsiganov is one to watch...


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: percussion, EFX.

Year Released: 2007 | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Northern Adventures CD/LP/Track Review Northern Adventures
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 28, 2017
Read Collider CD/LP/Track Review Collider
by John Sharpe
Published: February 28, 2017
Read Eos CD/LP/Track Review Eos
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 28, 2017
Read More Than This CD/LP/Track Review More Than This
by Henning Bolte
Published: February 28, 2017
Read Road to Forever CD/LP/Track Review Road to Forever
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Avenida Graham CD/LP/Track Review Avenida Graham
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 27, 2017
Read "Once & Future" CD/LP/Track Review Once & Future
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: July 10, 2016
Read "Interlude: Atticus Live!-The Music of Jesse Lewis" CD/LP/Track Review Interlude: Atticus Live!-The Music of Jesse Lewis
by Karl Ackermann
Published: November 29, 2016
Read "Happy" CD/LP/Track Review Happy
by Budd Kopman
Published: April 29, 2016
Read "Peace" CD/LP/Track Review Peace
by Karl Ackermann
Published: January 18, 2017
Read "Expansions: The Puzzle" CD/LP/Track Review Expansions: The Puzzle
by Budd Kopman
Published: March 16, 2016
Read "In All My Holy Mountain" CD/LP/Track Review In All My Holy Mountain
by Roger Farbey
Published: February 12, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!