"A beautiful album that is pleasant to listen to."Rootstime, 06-2-2022
Misha Tsiganov, who lived in Leningrad in the former Soviet Union until he emigrated to the U.S. in 1991, has never shied away from a challenge. That's apparent from the level's of complexity that Tsiganov embeds in the 18 arrangements and 9 originals on his three prior Criss Cross Albums.
As written in the liner notes for the album Spring Feelings, Tsiganov has established a signature blend of mixed meters, shifting tempos, changing keys and re-harmonization that he deploys in order to insure 'that something is happening’, so the listener doesn't fall asleep.
Tsiganov's latest, Misha's Wishes, doesn't eschew technical complexity. But the feel of this sophisticated, emotionally nuanced program - performed by old friends Alex Sipiagin, Seamus Blake, Boris Kozlov and Donald Edwards, with whom Misha Tsiganov feels such simpatico is different than its predecessors.
A beautiful album that is pleasant to listen to.
Tsiganov provides his winds with a wonderful background with his pearly touch. We hear Sipiagin excel on flugelhorn in the title track 'Misha's Wishes'. Sipiagin shines again on the warm-blooded flugelhorn.
We are already looking forward to the next roll out in the second half of this year