Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Time within Itself

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Time within Itself

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Michael Waldrop Big Band

Time Within Itself

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Keith Jourdan, Dave Spencer, Larry Spencer, Mike Steinel (tp) Anthony Williams, Tony Baker, Greg Waits (tb) John Wasson (b-tb) Will Campbell (as, ss, cl, fl) Tim Ishii (as, cl, fl) Larry Panella (ts, ss, cl, fl) Chris McGuire (ts, cl) Paul Baker (bs, b-cl) Steve Snyder (p) Chris Derose-Chiffolo), Chad McLoughlin (g) Jimi Tunnell (g, vcl) Carl Hillman (b) Michael Waldrop (d, vbs, ldr) Jose Rossy (perc) Sandra Dudley (vcl). Dallas, TX, July 11, 2014

El Vino/Tunnell Vision/Time Within Itself/Munich Musings/Inner Truth/ Vistas/Her Moon Rises East/Twisted Barb. TT 53:24

Dr. Michael Waldrop works by day as a Professor of Percussion at Eastern Washington University, but after hours and on weekends he leads this exciting big band, propelling it with contributions on drums and vibraphone. Apart from his career in academe, Waldrop has logged over 23 years playing drums in both jazz and classical settings, experience that surfaces throughout this recording. This is primarily a studio band but its members all are well-honed musicians who obviously love to play big band jazz. "We had a lot of talent in the studio, and everybody was very focused," Waldrop said. "It was amazing how quickly it all came together. Everybody that came to the session knew there was the possibility of it being a national release."

Waldrop is featured at one point or another in all the titles. A talented composer, as well, he wrote or co-wrote six of the eight tunes on the project, and beautifully plays the vibraphone on three of the tracks. This is a big band but not a "swinging" big band and its music is more suited to a concert than a dance hall.

"El Vino," the first track on the CD, is an organ spiced medium tempo tune that gives lots of space to Panella (ts) (a Woody Herman veteran), Spencer (tp), Paul Baker (bs) and Tony Baker (tb) - they all solo over bop like riffs by the band. …

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