Michael Waldrop

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MUSIC REVIEW BY George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

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Michael Waldrop leads from behind the drumset and vibes as he produces a muscular big band album of fresh material. The charts are all well crafted and quite varied. The major piece is the 3-part title track, with some frantic grooves and unique guitar sounds emanating from Jimi Tunnell's strings. The team creates a caravan with Brad Dutz's tablas on the grooving "Through the Mist" while the brass is upbeat on "Ivana." Some Coltranesque tenor work is provided by Chris McGuire on the charging "Sheath and Sword" and Scott Whitfield's trombone and Brian Monroney's guitar wrestle with the leader on the driving "Doppler Effect." Waldrop's vibes create a lush atmosphere for a dreamy still life, and the team shows some more soft sounds on the ethereal "Mouzon." Sophisticated sounds






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