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Something Blue: Personal Preference

Read "Personal Preference" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


Marc Free produced the second edition of Something Blue to encourage “a wider audience of new listeners" to jazz by presenting “a focused program of concise performances to provide maximum enjoyment." These goals are congruent with Free's trust in his artists. The eleven tracks of Personal Preference do not smack of compromise or a nebulous artistic focus. Free has assembled a band of players with ties to the label who boldly stride through the bop/hard bop/post-bop continuum, utilizing elements from ...

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Misha Tsiganov: Misha's Wishes

Read "Misha's Wishes" reviewed by Edward Blanco


New York-based pianist and composer Misha Tsiganov, a well-established jazz veteran having appeared on countless albums throughout his career, presents his seventh recording as leader with Misha's Wishes, conceived and birthed during the COVID pandemic, when his time at home offered the perfect opportunity to develop this project. The long-time isolation during 2020 allowed the pianist to write, as he states, “some nice music that people will enjoy," which he certainly accomplishes here, providing seven originals in addition to reimagined ...

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Misha Tsiganov: Playing With The Wind

Read "Playing With The Wind" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Pianist Misha Tsiganov seems to further his creative reach with each date he delivers. While calculation and supreme specificity with the pen always help to keep things grounded in his music, the level of daring in Tsiganov's compositions and the high degree of spontaneity he brings to the fore through his piano help to continually push things one step beyond. With The Artistry Of The Standard (Criss Cross, 2014), Tsiganov elevated the act of interpretation and demonstrated ...

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Misha Tsiganov: Spring Feelings

Read "Spring Feelings" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Russian-born pianist extraordinaire Misha Tsiganov delivers his second album and follow up to his highly-acclaimed Criss Cross Jazz label debut The Artistry of The Standard, with the thoroughly enthralling and enchanting Spring Feelings presenting a superb selection of five outrages originals and four reimagined standards in one exquisite package of post-bop burners. Before recoding the label debut, Tsiganov realized he had so much material available that it could not actually fit in one album and therefore suggested that Artistry should ...

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Misha Tsiganov: Spring Feelings

Read "Spring Feelings" reviewed by Andrew Luhn


Those who appreciate and follow the art of arranging and orchestration in jazz often point to big band and large ensemble arrangements as examples of excellence, while the art of arranging jazz for the small ensemble is frequently overlooked. Horace Silver, Wayne Shorter, and Andrew Hill are a few who have achieved recognition for their intelligent small-group arrangements, and with his newest release, Spring Feelings, pianist Misha Tsiganov brings his talent to this under-appreciated art. For his second ...

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Misha Tsiganov: Misha Tsiganov: The Artistry Of The Standard

Read "Misha Tsiganov: The Artistry Of The Standard" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Veteran Russian pianist Misha Tsiganov has an extensive discography featuring original compositions and, like most musicians, blending a few standards for familiarity along the way. With The Artistry Of The Standard, the pianist presents an entire album of standards reprising the music of jazz greats Wayne Shorter, Charlie Parker, Wes Montgomery and John Coltrane among others. Jazz standards however, is not the only genre represented on the nine-piece repertoire as Tsiganov also includes music from the Great American Songbook drawing ...

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The Artistry of the Standard

Read "The Artistry of the Standard" reviewed by Andrew Luhn


On the homepage of Misha Tsiganov's website is a quote that reads “Falling in love with jazz is exactly like falling in love with a person... Except with jazz you never get over it..." This quote serves as an appropriate introduction for the Russian-born pianist's Criss Cross debut, The Artistry of the Standard. On this album Tsiganov and his quintet of first-call New York players present a program full of love and respect for the history and tradition of jazz, ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Personal Preference

Posi-Tone Records
2023

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Misha's Wishes

Criss Cross
2022

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ENSO

Sonic Image
2022

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Spring Feelings

Criss Cross
2016

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