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Michael Waldrop: Origin Suite

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Drummer / vibraphonist Michael Waldrop's intriguing Origin Suite (deftly arranged by Jack Cooper) sweeps away musical boundaries to make its points, one of which is that big-band jazz needn't be ensnared in a time warp but is capable of changing with the times to engender songs that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are thematically stylish. ...

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Michael Waldrop: Origin Suite

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Percussionist and big band leader Michael Waldrop has had a very successful relationship with composer Dr. Jack Cooper, late of the University of Memphis, Berlin, and parts unknown. Waldrop attended the University of Memphis for his master's degree (helming Cooper's Jazz Orchestra of the Delta) before completing his doctorate at the University of North Texas. Their ...

The Big Beat: Edwin G. Hamilton, Scott Neumann, Donald Edwards, Arthur Vint, Rob Garcia, Jeremy Warren

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This is a spotlight on drums...a pretty big spotlight. Edwin G. Hamilton
The Whole World Must Change
Self Produced
2016

It's hard enough to find a drummer, much less one who sings. There is Les DeMerle, and he is fine, but, the drummer/singer is a pretty hard chair to fill, ...

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University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band One 2014-15: Local Color

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In Local Color, the latest in a long series of splendid albums by the University of Northern Iowa's Jazz Band One, color is one of the primary ingredients; every number, in fact, is awash in radiant colors, from the prismatic opener, UNI alum Michael Conrad's “Gerry's Timepiece," to the chimerical closer, Curtis Fuller's dark-hued “The Egyptian." ...

Michael Waldrop Big Band: Time Within Itself

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Drummer Michael Waldrop has named his inaugural album as leader of a big band Time Within Itself. An even more appropriate name might have been It's About Time. Waldrop, who has taught for the past decade or so at Eastern Washington University, boasts a resume as long as one's arm. It includes a master's degree from ...

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Top 12 "Most Recommended" Album Reviews: 2014

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All About Jazz tracks how often an album review is recommended, and the reviews listed below represent our top twelve published in 2014.

Mists--Charles Ives for Jazz Orchestra
Jack Cooper
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: September 21, 2014

Shrimp Tale
Alan Chan ...

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C. Michael Bailey's Best Recordings of 2014

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This year turned out to be a watershed of jazz and beyond vocals, instrumental jazz and important reissues. It was a year of music that further opened my eyes and ears to music I had not previously valued or considered. How short-sighted of me.

Beat Kaestli
Collage
(B&B Productions)

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Dr. Jack Cooper

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Meet Dr. Jack Cooper:
Jack Cooper, has a wide range of experience as a performer, composer, and educator. His most recent CD recording of his compositions/arrangements, Mists: The Music of Charles Ives for Jazz Orchestra (Planet Arts Records, 2014) was released in August to critical acclaim in the Chicago Tribune and All About Jazz.

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Jack Cooper: Mists: Charles Ives for Jazz Orchestra

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Charles Edward Ives (1874-1954), one of the first American composers of classical music to earn an international reputation, derived his inspiration from themes he had heard while growing up in Connecticut: hymns, traditional folk songs, marching bands (his father led one), patriotic songs, parlor ballads, Saturday night dances, and especially the melodies of the great Stephen ...

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Jack Cooper: Mists - Charles Ives for Jazz Orchestra

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American composer Charles Ives (1874-1954) was an arts iconoclast in the vein of his contemporary poet Wallace Stevens (1879-1955). Both men were successful business executives who profoundly changed American art as an avocation. Ive's music brimmed with an Americana that sounds slightly sepia-toned today, but that has not prevented it's subjugation as subject for jazz interpretation, ...