Michael Waldrop

Origin Suite

Origin 82747

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...bristling with a visceral post-Weather Report energy that brings big bands into new light.
Bill Milkowski

Drummer, vibraphonist, and composer Michael Waldrop's second release on Origin is an ambitious and diverse representation of his work, highlighted by a wide-ranging, cross-genre aesthetic and his wildly dynamic big band. Inspired by the earthy and primal works of Cuban artist Wilfredo Lam, arranger Jack Cooper transformed three of Waldrop's compositions into an evocative and epic "Origin Suite," with the movements titled after three of his paintings. Featuring Waldrop's Big Band, guitarist Jimi Tunnell, saxophonist Mario Cruz, and German vocalist Marc Secara, it's a dramatic opening for an album that goes on to feature several other very distinctive voices including percussionists Brad Dutz & Jose Rossy, and keyboardist Scott Kinsey, and compositions by Jimi Tunnell, Gerald Stockton, Waldrop and Jack Cooper. "Waldrop writes hummable tunes that jump in guess-where twists...sharing bustling charts with ex-boss Jack Cooper, he packs missed crannies with lightning fills." -DOWNBEAT


Track Listing:

THE ORIGIN SUITE Jack Cooper / M. Waldrop (arr. Cooper)
1 LA JUNGLA 3:52
2 NATIVITÉ 3:21
3 AL FINAL DE LA NOCHE 3:39
4 THROUGH THE MIST 5:10 M. Waldrop
5 SHEATH AND SWORD 5:55 Jack Cooper
6 IVANA 5:41 M. Waldrop (arr. Cooper)
7 MOUZON 6:58 Jimi Tunnell
8 DOO DAT TANG 5:45 M. Waldrop (arr. Stockton)
9 BELGRADE 7:19 M. Waldrop (arr. Cooper)
10 VASCONCELOS 5:54 M. Waldrop
11 DOPPLER EFFECT 6:13 Gerald Stockton
12 STILL LIFE 7:05 M. Waldrop

Performers:

Michael Waldrop - drums, vibraphone
Marc Secara - vocals

Michael Waldrop Big Band (1,2,3,5,6,12) -
SAXOPHONES: Will Campbell, Tim Ishii, Mario Cruz, Chris McGuire, Paul Baker
TROMBONES: Anthony Williams, Tony Baker, Greg Waits, John Wasson
TRUMPETS: Keith Jourdan, David Spencer, Larry Spencer, Mike Steinel

Travis Ranney - saxophones (9,11)
Richard Cole - saxophones (9,11)
Stephan Friel, saxophones (11)
Dan Marcus - trombones (9)
Brad Allison - trumpets (9)
Larry Panella - flutes (10)
Noel Johnstone - guitar (5,6,12)
Jimi Tunnell - guitar (1-3)
Brian Monroney - guitar (9,11)
Barry Aiken - keyboards (11)
Rick White, electric bass (11)
Jeff Plant - electric bass (1-3)
Lynn Seaton - acoustic bass (5,6,12)
Scott Steed - bass (9,10)
Steve Snyder - piano and organ (1,2,3,5,6,12)
Jose Rossy - percussion
Scott Kinsey - keyboards (7)
Wayne Peet - piano (12)
John Hansen - piano (4,9,10)
Brad Dutz - percussion (4,9,10,12)

Production Info:

Produced by Michael Waldrop
Associate Producer: Tim Reppert
Recorded by Kent Stump, Jan. 11/2017, Crystal Clear Sound, Dallas, TX
Additional recording by Jimi Tunnell at Buffalo Sound, Denton, TX;
Itai Schwartz at SkyMuse Studios, Seattle, WA;
Dave Dysart at Ice Station Zebra, Seattle, WA;
Wayne Peet at KillZone Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Mixed by Tim Reppert at Soundtrack, Boston, MA, except (7),
mixed by Jimi Tunnell, Buffalo Sound, Denton, TX
Mastered by Scott Kinsey, Los Angeles, CA
Artist Photography by Jordan Lewis & Rachel Wasson
Cover photographs by Spencer Selover, Mareks Steins, David Schrader
Cover design & layout by John Bishop


Reviews of Origin Suite

Jeff Tamarkin (Music Journalist)
Origin Suite accomplishes what so few contemporary big band albums are able to: It projects an intimacy, even as it opens vista upon vista and layer upon layer. So in sync are Michael Waldrop and his uniformly superb crew that - even at its most expansive, even as its soloists present their personalized statements and as its charts enter uncharted ...

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