Misha Tsiganov
Misha’s Wishes
Criss Cross, 2022

March 30, 2022

Misha’s Wishes is the title of Misha Tsiganov‘s sixth album as a leader.

Born in Leningrad, the city where he lived until 1991 before moving to the United States (initially to study at Berklee in Boston, then in New York), Misha Tsiganov has recently released his new album as a leader titled Misha’s Wishes for Criss Cross Records. The album features the pianist leading a group with Alex Sipiagin on trumpet, Seamus Blake on tenor, Boris Kozlov on double bass and Donald Edwards on drums.


It collects seven original compositions, a song by George Gershwin (“Strike Up The Band”), one by Bill Evans ( “Comrade Conrad”) and a reworking of a Russian folk song (“There Was a Birch in the Field, So What”).  A very well thought-out track list, which shows a predilection for the sound of the “classic” jazz quintet enriched by modal and contemporary elements.

The album is very well written, played and arranged; the leader proposes great solos (“There Was a Birch in the Field, So What”) but the absolute protagonist is the relaxed mood of the collective, which tackles even the fastest songs with a very soft approach. Also noteworthy is the medium that gives the album its title, rarefied and evocative, the intense ballad for solo piano “Lost in Her Eyes” and the brilliant and an intricate melody (“Give Me Five”). The conclusive “Are You With Me” is intriguing, a sort of slow, dark and nocturnal march.

Misha’s Wishes is an album that uses elements of the jazz tradition developed from the 50s to today and re-elaborates them in a very modern sound that is particularly appreciated for the value of the musicians involved.




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