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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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Article: Album Review

UNT One O'Clock Lab Band: Lab 2021

Read "Lab 2021" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The University of North Texas' flagship ensemble, the One O'Clock Lab Band, has been producing annual recordings for almost half a century. It has also given rise to a veritable assembly line of world-class jazz musicians, more of whom are no doubt coming of age while honing their chops on the One O'Clock's latest album, Lab ...

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

January 2022: While We Were Gone

Read "January 2022: While We Were Gone" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Cecilia Bartoli Unreleased Decca Records 2021 A pandemic-age benefit is the marketing of unreleased past projects. Mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli's Unreleased is such a project, having been recorded in 2013 and subsequently shelved. The program emanates from the center of the Classical period, well presented by Kammerorchester Basel under conductor Muhai ...

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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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Article: Year in Review

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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