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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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Misha Tsiganov: The Artistry Of The Standard

Read "Misha Tsiganov: The Artistry Of The Standard" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Standards represent so many things. They can be a fallback for those short on ideas or a springboard for those willing to invest a bit of themselves into the music. They're a representative historical sampling of what jazz has been and done, reminding all of those on the bandstand of who and what came before, but they can be so much more. Considering all of that, it's hard to imagine why a segment of players often prefer not to address ...

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Misha Tsiganov: Dedication

Read "Dedication" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Relocating to New York City from Russia in the early '90s, pianist Misha Tsiganov extended his studies at the Berklee College of Music and has since gained steam as a solo artist, session ace and TV composer, among other projects. With prominent Russian artists including bassist/Grammy Award-winner Boris Kozlov and trumpeter Alex Sipiagin also calling The Big Apple home, Tsiganov's band abides by a no-nonsense, '60s-era Blue Note campaign via these tightly arranged works, designed with alternating flows, hard-hitting rhythms ...


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