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Label: Origin Records
1 LA JUNGLA 3:52 2 NATIVITÉ 3:21 3 AL FINAL DE LA NOCHE 3:39 4 THROUGH THE MIST 5:10 M. Waldrop 5 SHEATH AND SWORD 5:55 Jack Cooper 6 IVANA 5:41 M. Waldrop (arr. Cooper) 7 MOUZON 6:58 Jimi Tunnell 8 DOO DAT TANG 5:45 M. Waldrop (arr. Stockton) 9 BELGRADE 7:19 M. Waldrop (arr. Cooper) 10 VASCONCELOS 5:54 M. Waldrop 11 DOPPLER EFFECT 6:13 Gerald Stockton 12 STILL LIFE 7:05 M. Waldrop
PERFORMERS: Michael Waldrop - drums, vibraphone Marc Secara - vocals Michael Waldrop Big Band (1,2,3,5,6,12) - SAXOPHONES: Will Campbell, Tim Ishii, Mario Cruz, Chris McGuire, Paul Baker TROMBONES: Anthony Williams, Tony Baker, Greg Waits, John Wasson TRUMPETS: Keith Jourdan, David Spencer, Larry Spencer, Mike Steinel Travis Ranney - saxophones (9,11) Richard Cole - saxophones (9,11) Dan Marcus - trombones (9) Brad Allison - trumpets (9) Larry Panella - flutes (10) Noel Johnstone - guitar (5,6,12) Jimi Tunnell - guitar (1-3) Brian Monroney - guitar (9,11) Barry Aiken - keyboards (11) Jeff Plant - electric bass (1-3) Lynn Seaton - acoustic bass (5,6,12) Scott Steed - bass (9,10) Steve Snyder - piano and organ (1,2,3,5,6,12) Jose Rossy - percussion Scott Kinsey - keyboards (7) Wayne Peet - piano (12) John Hansen - piano (4,9,10) Brad Dutz - percussion (4,9,10,12)
Drummer, vibraphonist, and composer Michael Waldrop's second release on Origin is an ambitious and diverse representation of his work, highlighted by a wide-ranging, cross-genre aesthetic and his wildly dynamic big band. Inspired by the earthy and primal works of Cuban artist Wilfredo Lam, arranger Jack Cooper transformed three of Waldrop's compositions into an evocative and epic "Origin Suite," with the movements titled after three of his paintings. Featuring Waldrop's Big Band, guitarist Jimi Tunnell, saxophonist Mario Cruz, and German vocalist Marc Secara, it's a dramatic opening for an album that goes on to feature several other very distinctive voices including percussionists Brad Dutz & Jose Rossy, and keyboardist Scott Kinsey, and compositions by Jimi Tunnell, Gerald Stockton, Waldrop and Jack Cooper. "Waldrop writes hummable tunes that jump in guess-where twists...sharing bustling charts with ex-boss Jack Cooper, he packs missed crannies with lightning fills." -DOWNBEAT