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Michael Waldrop

Michael Waldrop is arguably one of the most diverse percussionists in the world. He is comfortable in a jazz or commercial music setting as a drumset player and he is equally at home in a classical orchestral setting. He is a virtuoso marimbist, whether performing his own music, or that of other composers. Michael is also adept at hand drumming, having studied with some of the greatest hand percussionists in the world. He is proficient on the tar as well as conga drums. In addition to these impressive performance skills, Waldrop is a skilled composer in both the jazz and percussion idioms. His compositions are published by Drop6 Media

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Time Frames

Label: Origin Classical
Released: 2021
Track listing: Fractals; Dem Dakar (Parables); Three Mediterranean Views: León de Palamidi; Three Mediterranean Views: Notte a Venezia; Three Mediterranean Views: Château d'If; Almost Beyond; Delineations; Katrina's Path: Brazil; Katrina's Path: Cuba; Katrina's Path: New Orleans; Hollow; Sixth Chakra; Incoming; Tortoise Efficiency; Continuity.

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Michael Waldrop: Time Frames

Read "Time Frames" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


While percussionist Michael Waldrop's previous work under the umbrella of the Origin imprint was firmly set in the jazz camp, with a pair of big band bonanzas and a magnetic trio date to his name and credit, this set typically moves beyond those borders, often offering an intriguing world music slant on contemporary classical percussion. Highlighting ...

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Fractals

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Label: Origin Classical
Released: 2021
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Triangularity

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Twisted Barb; Belgrade; 2-2-2; Time Within Itself; Longing; Doo Dat Tang; Ivana; Cascades; Try Angularity; Banja Vrujci.

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Michael Waldrop: Triangularity

Read "Triangularity" reviewed by Geannine Reid


Drummer and educator Michael Waldrop focuses on both drum set and tuned percussion (marimba/vibraphone). He is a Professor of Percussion and Jazz Studies at Eastern Washington University. Recording for Origin Records since 2014, Waldrop has already released two offerings on the label: Time Within (Origin, 2015) and Origin Suite (Origin, 2018). Waldrop's 2020 endeavor ...

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Most Read Album Reviews: 2018

Read "Most Read Album Reviews: 2018" reviewed by Michael Ricci


All About Jazz tracks how often an album review is read, and the reviews listed below represent our most popular in 2018. After The Fall Keith Jarrett / Gary Peacock / Jack DeJohnette by Karl Ackermann Published: February 13, 2018 Music IS ...

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Origin Suite

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: The Origin Suite (La Jungla / Nativite / Al Final de la Noche); Through the Mist; Sheath and Sword; Ivana; Mouzon; Doo Dat Tang; Belgrade; Vasconcelos; Doppler Effect; Still Life.

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Michael Waldrop: Origin Suite

Read "Origin Suite" reviewed by Jack Bowers


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

Read "Origin Suite" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


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 ...


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