Michael Waldrop

Time Frames

Origin Classical 33025


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...infused with influences from minimalism, popular music, and other styles and genres, but always informed with musical sensibility, harmonic sophistication and intelligence. Most importantly, Michael Waldrop is a staunch devotee of both mallet keyboard percussion and all things drumming....an impressive musician and player in all respects. There is so much diversity of music on this CD...everyone will certainly find a lot to love.
Gordon Stout

While featuring the marimba as a melodic instrument throughout "Time Frames," percussionist Michael Waldrop fully celebrates its origins as an African percussion instrument, creating provocative rhythmic undercurrents to offset his soaring melodies and improvisations. Surrounding himself with other renowned and musically diverse percussionists Gordon Stout, Brad Dutz, Jose Rossy and Marko Djordjevic, the heightened rhythmic colorings propel Waldrop's five original compositions. Jack Cooper's expansive "Three Mediterranean Views" gives space to pianist Steve Snyder, while two drumsets provide the hurricane power behind "Katrina's Path." Famed marimbist Gordon Stout's "Incoming" is a virtuosic study for himself on marimba and Waldrop on drumset. Stylistically vast—from delicate, classical chamber music, to intricate, groove-laden marimba and percussion atmospheres, or ferocious waves of drums—"Time Frames" retains a musical center, one that revels in the deep, fundamental human connection to rhythm.

Track Listing:

1 Fractals 2:24
2 Dem Dakar (Parables) 6:11
3 Three Mediterranean Views: León de Palamidi 3:08
4 Three Mediterranean Views: Notte a Venezia 3:16
5 Three Mediterranean Views: Château d'If 3:24
6 Almost Beyond 5:24
7 Delineations 5:29
8 Katrina's Path: Brazil 2:28
9 Katrina's Path: Cuba 1:35
10 Katrina's Path: New Orleans 2:59
11 Hollow 7:00
12 Sixth Chakra 3:50
13 Incoming 9:34
14 Tortoise Efficiency 4:19
15 Continuity 3:01

All music by Michael Waldrop except:
(3-5) Jack Cooper
(6) Nathan Daughtrey
(11) Jonathan Middleton
(13) Gordon Stout
(14) Brad Dutz


Michael Waldrop - marimba (1,2,3,5,6,11,14) vibraphone (4), drum set (8-10,12,13) keyboard sequencing (1,2,7,12,15)
Jose Rossy - Djembe, Djun Djuns, Shekere and miscellaneous percussion (1,2,7,12,15)
Brad Dutz - bongos, congas, doumbek, riq, percussion (1,3-5,14)
Steve Snyder - piano (3-5)
Alex Pershounin - acoustic bass (3,5)
Sam Shoup - acoustic bass (4)
Ivana Cojbasic - acoustic piano (6)
Marko Djordjevic - drum set (10)
Gordon Stout - marimba (13)

Production Info:

Mixed by Tim Reppert, Boston, MA
Mastered by SCOTT KINSEY, Los Angeles, CA
Waldrop photos by Jordan Lewis
Zimbabwean Shona sculpture ("The Drummer") by Phillip Mawarire
Cover design & layout by John Bishop
(1,2,7,12,15) Marimba - Recorded by Michael Lewis, Song Mill Studio, Hayden, ID; July, 2020
Percussion - Recorded by Jimi Tunnell, Buffalo Sound, Denton, TX; Nov, 2020
(3-6) Marimba / Piano / Vibes - Recorded by SaCha MÜller, Dead Aunt Thelma's Studio, Portland, OR Dec, 2020
(3-5) Percussion - Recorded by Brad Dutz, Los Angeles, CA / Piano - Recorded by Alan Johnson, Static Shack, Indianapolis, IN / Bass - Recorded by Travis Huisman, Catamount Recording. Cedar Falls, IA; Nov, 2020
(4) Bass - Recorded by Matt Tutor, Bloodworth Studio, Memphis. TN
(8-10) Recorded by Steve Gamberoni, SFCC, Spokane, WA; Jan, 2019
(11) Recorded by Shawn Trail, EWU Recital Hall, Cheney, WA; June 2020
(13) Recorded by Tim Reppert, REP Studio, Ithaca, NY; Dec, 2005
(14) Recorded by Wayne Peet, KillZone Studio, Los Angeles, CA; August 2010

Reviews of Time Frames

Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
The percussionist shows there's more that you can do with rhythm than provide heat for the feet. Kind of a world jazz based set that takes you well off the beaten path, if things like marimba, kalimba and such are familiar to you, this often trancy set with tickle your fancy in a nice way. Step into his chamber and feel the beat. ...





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