Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

1,819

Michael Waldrop Big Band: Time Within Itself

Jack Bowers By

Sign in to view read count
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 the University of Memphis and a doctorate from the University of North Texas where he was a member of the celebrated One O'Clock Lab Band. Perhaps most important, Waldrop spent another ten years quarterbacking Jack Cooper's admirable Memphis-based Jazz Orchestra of the Delta, a service Cooper has helped repay by deftly arranging the eight selections on Waldrop's debut recording.

Besides arranging, Cooper wrote "Vistas" and "Her Moon Rises East," both of which feature wordless vocals by Sandra Dudley, and co-wrote "El Vino" and "Tunnell Vision" with Waldrop who not only kicks the band from the drum set but plays the vibraphone on his compositions "Inner Truth" and "Time Within Itself." Jose Rossy, a former percussionist with Weather Report, joins the ensemble on five numbers, guitarist Jimi Tunnell on three ("Tunnell Vision," "Vistas," "Her Moon"). In his liner notes, Bill Milkowski broaches the word "fusion," but purists need have no qualms: this sounds precisely like contemporary big-band jazz, an assurance that holds true especially on the lively finale, "Twisted Barb," a throwback to memorable flag-wavers of old underscoring fiery solos by trumpeter Dave Spencer, alto Will Campbell and, of course, Waldrop's busy drums.

"El Vino," a medium-tempo groover amplified by an uncredited organ (most likely pianist Steve Snyder), gets things off to an agreeable start thanks to its pleasing melody and earnest solos by tenor Larry Panella, trumpeter Larry Spencer, baritone Paul Baker and trombonist Tony Baker. Rossy and Waldrop light a fire under "Tunnell Vision," whose "fusion" aspect is underscored by Tunnell's steadfastly neoteric guitar. "Time Within Itself" is another highlight, a muscular jazz waltz with sharp solos by Snyder (piano) and Campbell and more splendid timekeeping by Waldrop who continues (with Rossy) to fan the flames on the Latin-flavored "Munich Musings" (solos by Snyder, trombonist Greg Waits and trumpeter Mike Steinel). Waldrop moves to vibraphone on the lustrous ballad "Inner Truth," on which Panella solos on flute, Steinel on flugelhorn. Tunnell returns on "Vistas" and "Her Moon," with eloquent statements by tenor Panella on the first, alto Tim Ishii on the second.

Cooper's charts are impressive, the ensemble equally so in its allegiance to unraveling their finer points. Waldrop anchors a sturdy rhythm section (Snyder, bassist Carl Hillman, guitarist Chris Derose-Chiffolo) that lends brass and reeds unflagging support. As it turns out, Waldrop's first visit to a recording studio with his own big band was worth the wait.

Track Listing: El Vino; Tunnell Vision; Time Within Itself; Munich Musings; Inner Truth; Vistas; Her Moon Rises East; Twisted Barb.

Personnel: Michael Waldrop: leader, composer, drums, vibraphone; Jack Cooper: composer, arranger; Keith Jourdan: trumpet; Dave Spencer: trumpet; Larry Spencer: trumpet; Mike Steinel: trumpet; Will Campbell: alto, soprano sax, clarinet, flute; Tim Ishii: alto sax, clarinet, flute; Larry Panella: tenor, soprano sax, clarinet, flute; Chris McGuire: tenor sax, clarinet; Paul Baker: baritone sax, bass clarinet; Anthony Williams: trombone; Tony Baker: trombone; Greg Waits: trombone; John Wasson: bass trombone; Chris Derose-Chiffolo: guitar; Steve Snyder: piano, organ; Carl Hillman: bass. Additional musicians – Jimi Tunnell: guitar (2, 6, 7), vocal (2); Jose Rossy: percussion (2, 4-7); Chad McLaughlin: guitar (3); Sandra Dudley: vocals (6, 7).

Title: Time Within Itself | Year Released: 2015 | Record Label: Origin Records

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

The Origin Suite: 1. La Jungla

The Origin Suite: 1. La Jungla

Michael Waldrop
Origin Suite

CD/LP/Track Review
Best of / Year End
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Origin Suite

Origin Suite

Origin Records
2018

buy
Time Within Itself

Time Within Itself

Origin Records
2015

buy

Related Articles

Read Fred Hersch Trio '97 @ The Village Vanguard CD/LP/Track Review
Fred Hersch Trio '97 @ The Village Vanguard
by Doug Collette
Published: December 13, 2018
Read An Ayler Xmas Volume 2 CD/LP/Track Review
An Ayler Xmas Volume 2
by Mark Corroto
Published: December 13, 2018
Read The Forest from Above CD/LP/Track Review
The Forest from Above
by John Eyles
Published: December 13, 2018
Read Imaginary Band CD/LP/Track Review
Imaginary Band
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 13, 2018
Read Night CD/LP/Track Review
Night
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: December 13, 2018
Read I Always Knew CD/LP/Track Review
I Always Knew
by Paul Rauch
Published: December 12, 2018
Read "Double Bass" CD/LP/Track Review Double Bass
by John Eyles
Published: April 7, 2018
Read "I Always Knew" CD/LP/Track Review I Always Knew
by Paul Rauch
Published: December 12, 2018
Read "Oblique (trio)" CD/LP/Track Review Oblique (trio)
by Mark Corroto
Published: September 12, 2018
Read "The Brave" CD/LP/Track Review The Brave
by Geannine Reid
Published: December 11, 2018
Read "Magnetism(s)" CD/LP/Track Review Magnetism(s)
by John Sharpe
Published: December 21, 2017
Read "Pond Life" CD/LP/Track Review Pond Life
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: December 25, 2017