【Misha Tsiganov - Artistry of the Standard】(2014)

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Misha Tsiganov - Artistry of the Standard(2014)


By Takaaki Kondo, Tokyo Jazz Review

 

https://www.facebook.com/tokyo.jazz.review?ref=tn_tnmn

 

 

Rating

Musical Performance                ★★★★☆

Sound Quality                         ★★★★☆

Overall Enjoyment                   ★★★★☆

 

 

New YorkFirst Call Pianistと云っても過言ではない活躍を見せているMisha Tsiganovの、「Always Going West」「Dedication」に次ぐ第3作目。

Misha Tsiganov (p)

Alex Sipiagin (tp,flh)

Seamus Blake (ts)

Boris Kozlov (b)

Donald Edwards (ds) 

というラインアップを見て分かる通り、NY最先端のJazzが堪能できます。そしてStandardsを選んだ事により、過去の作品でも際立っていたMishaの類稀なるアレンジ能力が一層光っています。

そして選曲も素晴らしい。

Shorterの「Fall」「This is for Albert」、Parkerの「Ah-Leu-Cha」、Wes Montgomeryの「Four On Six」、Coltraneの「Mr. Day」といった所謂「Musicians’ Standards」から、「Get Out of Town」、「The Song is You」、「Falling in Love with Love」と言った歌モノ、そして極めつけはStevie Wonderの「Make Sure You'be Sure」!

演奏はこのメンツですから想像が付くと思いますが、何しろMishのアレンジがすさまじい事になっています。Re-harmonizationと変拍子の嵐で、ものすごく難しいのですが、それが難しく聴こえない。カッコイイ!んです。「凝ったアレンジ」の為のアレンジではなく、あくまでも「曲をより美しくするため」のアレンジで、結果としてそれが難しくなったということでしょう。「NY最先端」のアレンジと、それを楽々と熟(こな)してしまうメンバーの力量に驚くばかりです。


【曲別のコメント】

Fall

Miles Davis
Nefertitiに収録されているこの曲は、オリジナルではMedium Slowで揺らめくような印象。ここでは一転してアップテンポで、イントロからガンガン攻めて行きます。

 

|E-F#|C#-D#|F#--A|F-F#|D-D#|G#-A-B|


というベースラインとLatin-Funk調のリスムに乗って

|
F#sus4 (3/4) |F#sus4|Am13|F#dim7|F#dim7|Bm13 (4/4) |


*
()内はTime signature (拍子)

と、Introからいきなり変拍子。カッコイイ!

テーマの最初の10小節を見ただけでも

|F#13sus (3/4)| F#13sus (3/4)|Am13 (3/4)|F#dim7(3/4)| F#dim7(3/4)|Bm13 (4/4)|F13sus (3/4)| F13sus (3/4)| F13sus (2/4)|E
(#11) (4/4)| 


と難解になっていますが、それを感じさせないリズムセクションがスゴイ。


Alex SipiaginMisha TsiganovSeamus Blakeと続くソロも快調に飛ばしていてスリル満点です。

 


Get Out Of Town

Cole Porter
の名曲ですが、オリジナルでは最初のコードは


|Cm| Cm| Cm| Cm| Cm| Cm| Cm| C7|

と変化に乏しい。ここがアレンジャーの腕の見せどころです。

Misha
のアレンジは

 

|Cm7(6/4)|F/G, D/E, F/C#|Cm7|B/C, G/A, E/F|
|Fm7(4/4)|B
7|


とリハモと6/4拍子を使って非常にカッコイイです。


The Song Is You

Piano Trioでの演奏です。

ルバートでの美しいイントロから、

[:B
6/9 (7/4) |Gm11 (7/4):]

というVampを入れてテーマ・ソロに入ります。

テーマ・ソロ部分は

|C G (4/4)|Cdim G (5/4)|Dm9 G(4/4)|G13(3/4)|B♭△6(4/4)|

|Em7(5)/A, A7(9) (5/4)|A♭△(#11)(4/4)|G7 (3/4)|Em7 (4/4)| A7 (4/4)|

と「4/4, 5/4, 4/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 4/4, 3/4, 4/4」と1小節毎に変わるTime signature(難しい!)と美しいリハモに乗って、MishaHerbie Hancockの影響を感じさせる流麗なソロを披露しています。Boris Kozlov(b)のソロ、Donald Edwards(ds) SubtleDrummingも素晴らしいです(次作は全曲Piano Trioで聴きたいな~)。


Ah-Leu-Cha

Parkerの元コードは

|G-7| G-7| G-7| G-7| G-7| G-7| G-7 C7| F maj7|

と変化に乏しいのですが、ここでは

|D(#11)  E(#11) (4/4) | G(#11) E9/G (5/4) | B(#11)  A(#11) (4/4) |F((#11)(4/4)|

とまたまた1小節毎に4/4, 5/4, 4/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 4/4, 3/4, 4/4と変化するTime signatureと美しいリハモを書いています。

Alex SipiaginMisha TsiganovSeamus Blakeと続くソロも快調に飛ばしていてスリル満点です。特にSeamus BlakeSoloCreativityは本当にスゴイ!Liner NoteMishaは「Seamusは天才なんだ。」と語っています。

 


【レコーディングを振り返って – MishaへのInterview

このレコーディングについてMishaInterviewをしました。以下、私の質問に対する本人のコメントです。

「リハーサルについて」(クレジットだとこのレコーディングは1日で行われている)

 

『このレコーディングは1日(2013111日)で7時間かけて行ったんだけど、僕はその23週間前に譜面をメンバーにメールで送っておいたんだ。15日にRhythm Section3人だけで3時間、17日に全員で4時間のリハーサルをした。勿論34回はリハーサルしたかったけど皆忙し過ぎてこれだけの時間しか取れなかったんだ。でも僕は最高のメンバーを選んだから本番では皆完璧に演奏してくれたよ。』

 


Takeについて」

『ほとんどの曲は2 - 3 takeだった。 "Fall"は一番難しくて6 - 7 take録ったかな。 "Ah-Leu-Cha"3 - 4 take。一方"The Song Is You" "Make Sure You're Sure"2 take"Falling In Love With Love"1発で決めたよ。』


Best Take決めについて」


Best TakeCDに入れるテイク)を決めるのは本当に難しい作業だ。僕はレコーディングの最中に各テイクの詳細をメモしておいた。僕はこのメンバーを心から尊敬しているから彼等にも意見を出してもらったよ。レコーディングが終わった時、僕の頭の中ではBest Takeがおおよそ決まっていたんだ。だけどレコーディング直後というのは興奮状態にあるし冷静に判断したかった。だから僕はそれから710日間一切音楽を聴かなかった。脳をリフレッシュする為にね。それから改めて録音を聴き直してBest Takeを決めたんだ。』


Favorite Tune(s)は?」(「Q:このアルバムの中も一番気にいっている曲はどれ?」)

『この質問に答えるのは難しいよ。僕は全ての曲に血と魂を込めているんだ。もし出来不出来があったとしても僕は全部を愛している。これは僕の子供のようなものなんだ。出来が悪くても子供は可愛いよね。僕の音楽を評価するのはリスナーと歴史なんだ。もしリスナーが僕の音楽を100年後、いや200年後も聴いていてくれたら、僕の音楽は「Good」だということだし、そうでなければ「Bad」だということだと思うんだ。』

 

【総評】

選曲良し!
アレンジ良し!

演奏良し!

オマケに録音も上々で、言うことなし!

 

Highly Recommended!


【プレゼント】

Misha
からのプレゼントです。このページから、レコーディングで実際に使用した全9曲分のChart(譜面)がPDF形式でフリー・ダウンロードできます。

(Personnel)

Misha Tsiganov (Piano)

Alex Sipiagin (Trumpet, Flugelhorn)

Seamus Blake (Tenor sax)

Boris Kozlov (Acoustic Bass)

Donald Edwards (Drums)

Recorded at Tedesco Studios, 

New Jersey on January 11, 2013 by Tom Tedesco

 

 

(Track Listings)

1. Fall (Wayne Shorter) (7:41)

2. Get Out of Town (Cole Porter) (9:19)

3. The Song Is You (Jerome Kern) (7:04)

4. Ah-Leu-Cha (Charlie Parker) (7:01)

5. This Is for Albert (Wayne Shorter) (5:35)

6. Four on Six (Wes Montgomery) (6:37)

7. Falling in Love with Love (Richard Rodgers) (7:47)

8. Mr. Day (John Coltrane) (6:41)

9. Make Sure You're Sure (Stevie Wonder) (6:52)



Misha Tsiganov - Website

 

Official Website

http://mishatsiganov.com/


Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/misha.tsiganov?fref=ts

 

iTunes

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-artistry-of-the-standard/id807314462

 

Buy CD

http://www.amazon.co.jp/Artistry-Standard-MISHA-TSIGANOV/dp/B00H83OGKM/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1394250711&sr=1-1&keywords=misha&tag=chrome00-22

 


Review

 

The Artistry Of The Standard 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 them at all. Plenty of modernists have abandoned standards or choose to simply use them as garnish around their own dishes. Some are willing to buck the trend and do all-standards programs, but they often do so by making simple adjustments to the established formulas or retreating into the comfortable confines that these songs offer in their original state(s). Pianist Misha Tsiganov does no such thing on The Artistry Of The Standard. Tsiganov pulls history in his direction, altering the shape and scope of these pieces without abandoning what made each one so special in the first place. The Artistry Of The Standard marks the first time that Tsiganov has ever imagined and written a program with specific musicians in mind, and it's easy to see why he's so enthused about these men. Drummer Donald Edwards can navigate his way through any course with grace and drive; bassist Boris Kozlov is as dynamic and supportive as they come; Seamus Blake's terpsichorean tenor can bound along with glee, sing sweet songs, and outpace nearly anybody in a sprint; and trumpeter Alex Sipiagin brings both focused potency and a sense of warmth to the party, changing hats for different scenarios. This may be the debut of this particular quintet, but Tsiganov's comrades-in-arms are no strangers to one another. They've crossed paths in various settings and they make up four-fifths of Opus 5, the collectively-operated quintet that also includes pianist David Kikoski. They're well-attuned to one another and it shows on these natty rewrites. Lesser musicians, and even some fine players, would likely stumble and falter on the twisting and turning version of saxophonist Wayne Shorter's "Fall" that opens the album. That song gets the ball rolling and it never stops. As the program continues, the band winds its way through Cole Porter country ("Get Out Of Town"), Tsiganov steps out front to introduce the work of Jerome Kern ("The Song Is You"), and everybody adds a little attitude to a Charlie Parker classic ("Ah-Leu-Cha"). Tsiganov has no problem molding fan favorites to his liking, as demonstrated on the aforementioned numbers and a charged take on guitarist Wes Montgomery's "Four On Six," but he also works his magic on lesser-covered gems like Stevie Wonder's "Make Sure You're Sure." Sipiagin's muted trumpet work, Blake's beautiful tenor, and the leader's classy trappings all come together wonderfully on that one. Many of these songs have come to define jazz for a certain segment of listeners, but they need not be viewed as sacrosanct vessels. A song, be it a standard or any other type, is simply source material, and it's up to the musicians to do with them as they please. That's where artistry comes into play when addressing the standards, and Tsiganov truly gets that.

 

By DAN BILAWSKY, All About Jazz

 

 

The Artistry of the Standard 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 Tsanginov and his quintet of first-call New York players present a program full of love and respect for the history and tradition of jazz, but presented within a thoroughly complex and original modern idiom. Within this set of ten standards Tsanginov illustrates his love of classic jazz through intricate re-workings of both post-bop classics, and tunes from the Great American Songbook. Though Tsiganov is a newcomer to the Criss Cross label, the remaining members of the quintet are all seasoned Criss Cross veterans. Trumpeter Alex Sipiagin and saxophonist Seamus Blake have released a steady stream of albums through the Criss Cross label since the late 90's. Bassist Boris Kozlov and drummer Donald Edwards have been regular sidemen on Criss Cross releases in the past several years as well. In fact, the four sidemen in this quintet have previously recorded two albums together (along with pianist Dave Kikoski ) for Criss Cross under the name Opus 5. Throughout these ten tunes, Tsanginov and company nimbly negotiate their way through the heady, complex charts. Almost all the tunes are given complex new time signatures and meter shifts, but because of the cleverness of the arrangements and the band's aptitude, the odd meters come off feeling completely natural. The rhythm section effortlessly transitions between straight-eighth and swing feels with a simplicity and clarity that tastefully supports both the melodies and the solos. Edwards and Kozlov perfectly illustrate this eighth note shift in the elegant arrangement of Wayne Shorter's classic tune, "Fall." The alternating time feels and inspired solos capture the freewheeling aesthetic of this post-bop standard. Tsanginov plays with a driving fire, reminiscent of Herbie Hancock at his craftiest and Sipiagin proves he has learnt a thing or two about phrasing from Miles Davis. The other Wayne Shorter tune, "This Is For Albert," departs from the deep swinging, hard bop feel of the original Art Blakey version and presents the tune with a driving quarter note pulse in 10/4 time. Charlie Parker's "Ah-Leu-Cha" keeps the familiar contrapuntal lines between the trumpet and saxophone but adds a series of offbeat hits within the rhythm section, giving the already complex melody a new level of sophistication. The up-tempo swing of the solo sections gives Sipiagin and Blake plenty of space to show off their chops. Tsanginov's arrangement of Wes Montgomery's "Four on Six" alters the familiar ostinato bass line and breathes new life into the tune, but for the solos the group relaxes into a heavy swing that would make Montgomery proud. For Jerome Kern's "The Song is You" Tsiganov strips the group down to trio and introduces the tune with a 7/4 vamp. The A-sections of the tune have had their 16 beat phrases divided atypically into measures of 4/5/4/3 rather than the standard 4 bars of four beats. On The Artistry of the Standard Tsanginov presents a picture of jazz history but viewed through tinted lenses. His exciting and fresh arrangements bring a new perspective to these classic jazz standards. The charts are complex and dense, but the collective talents of the musicians prove to be equal to the task and they explore the music with both a nod to tradition and a firm grasp of the modern cutting-edge.

By ANDREW LUHN, All About Jazz

 

 

 

 

【Chart(譜面)フリー・ダウンロード】

*All copyrights belong to Misha Tsiganov

Fall (Wayne Shorter)
Fall.pdf
PDFファイル 328.5 KB
Get Out of Town (Cole Porter)
Get Out Of Town.pdf
PDFファイル 157.3 KB
The Song Is You (Jerome Kern)
The Song Is You.pdf
PDFファイル 94.1 KB
Ah-Leu-Cha (Charlie Parker)
Ah-Leu-Cha.pdf
PDFファイル 203.2 KB
This Is for Albert (Wayne Shorter)
This Is For Albert.pdf
PDFファイル 328.8 KB
Four on Six (Wes Montgomery)
Four On Six.pdf
PDFファイル 178.4 KB
Falling in Love with Love (Richard Rodgers)
Falling In Love With Love.pdf
PDFファイル 74.4 KB
Mr. Day (John Coltrane)
Mr. Day.pdf
PDFファイル 52.2 KB
Make Sure You're Sure (Stevie Wonder)
Make Sure You Are Sure.pdf
PDFファイル 59.2 KB