Time Within Itself

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Time Within Itself
Time Within Itself, CD cover.jpg
Studio album by Michael Waldrop
Released 17 March 2015
Recorded 11 July 2014
Studio Crystal Clear Sound, Dallas, Texas
Label Origin - 82690
Michael Waldrop chronology
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Time Within Itself is a big band jazz album produced by Origin Records and released March 17, 2015.[1] The concept for the recording came from the idea of a high level feature CD showcasing the Michael Waldrop Big Band. Most notably, music critic Jack Bowers gave the recording 4 and a half of 5 stars and notes, "...Waldrop's first visit to a recording studio with his own big band was worth the wait."[2]


Early in 2013 Michael Waldrop forwarded a portfolio of songs (jazz instrumentals) to Jack Cooper in order to commission big band arrangements. After Cooper arrived back from a trip to England in the Summer or 2013 he was finally able to assess the tunes and make some decisions. Because of the high quality of Waldrop's compositions it was suggested he try to pursue a whole commercial CD that would feature Waldrop. A substantial grant ($10,000) was obtained by Waldrop from Eastern Washington University to doing a CD.[3][4]

Both a commercial big band CD and a 'Music Minus One' (for students drummers) types of projects were pursued. Due to the complexity of having both types of recordings and the many cost prohibitive factors involved, the decision was made to recorded during the Summer of 2014 in Dallas, Texas. The studio used was Crystal Clear Sound located in the northern part of the city. Soon after that recording session on July 11, 2014, John Bishop at Origin Records was approached about carrying the CD as a commercial recording (two other labels were in the running for this).[5] The level of artists used on the recording was very high: many of these musicians are both established recording artists and full-time college educators.[6][7][8]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Michael Waldrop and Jack Cooper.

1."El Vino"8:24
2."Tunnell Vision"6:42
3."Time Within Itself"7:03
4."Munich Musings"7:36
5."Inner Truth"6:55
7."Her Moon Rises East"6:31
8."Twisted Barb"5:03


  • July 11, 2014

Recorded at Crystal Clear Sound, Dallas, Texas.



  • Conductor, arranger, composer: Jack Cooper
  • Alto Saxophone/flute/clarinet/soprano sax: Will Campbell
  • Alto Saxophone/flute/clarinet: Tim Ishii
  • Tenor Saxophone/flute/clarinet/soprano sax: Larry Panella
  • Tenor Saxophone/clarinet: Chris McGuire
  • Baritone Saxophone/bass clarinet: Paul Baker
  • Trumpet and flugelhorn: Keith Jourdan (lead), David Spencer, Larry Spencer, Mike Steinel
  • Trombone: Anthony Williams (lead), Tony Baker, Greg Waits, John Wasson (bass)
  • Guitar: Chris DeRose
  • Piano: Steve Snyder
  • Bass: Carl Hillman
  • Drums and Vibraphone: Mike Waldrop
  • Guitar/Vocal : Jimi Tunnell (guitar on tracks 2,6,7 vocals on track 2)
  • Guitar: Chad McLoughlin (guitar on track 3)
  • Vocal: Sandra Dudley (on tracks 6 & 7)
  • Percussion: José Rossy (on tracks 2,4,5,6,7)


  • Executive Producer: John Bishop
  • Producer: Michael Waldrop
  • Associate Producers: Jimi Tunnell, Jack Cooper, Tim Reppert
  • Recording engineer: Kent Stump at Crystal Clear Sound, July 11, 2014
  • Recording engineer (additional and overdubs): Jimi Tunnell
  • Editing and mix engineer: Tim Reppert at Soundtrack Studios, Boston and REP Studio, Ithaca, NY.
  • Mastering: Robert Vosgien at Capitol Records, Los Angeles
  • Liner notes: Bill Milkowski
  • Cover design and layout: John Bishop
  • Cover Painting: Laurin Rinder
  • Liner photographs: Daniel Pardo and Ivana Cojbasic
  • Jimi Tunnell vocal and guitar was recorded at Buffalo Sound in Denton, Texas, August 2014
  • Vibraphone was recorded at Michael Lewis Music in Spokane WA, July 18, 2014
  • Sandra Dudley was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, August 8, 2014 by Brendan Harkin at Wildwood Recording.


The 'Time Within Itself' CD was premiered in Memphis, Tennessee on March 7, 2015 by the Jazz Orchestra of the Delta as part of the University of Memphis Jazz Week performances.[9] The album had its Northwest U.S. premiere on July 27, 2015 at Tula's Jazz Club in Seattle, Washington with the Northwest version of the Michael Waldrop Big Band.[10] Waldrop and his big band were invited to perform the album at the Jazz Education Network International Conference in Louisville, Kentucky on January 9, 2016. The original ensemble from the recording performed; included were guest artists Brad Dutz and Billy Hulting.[11] The music from the Time Within Itself CD has acquired significant international recognition to include other groups playing the music. The Swingin' Paradise Jazz Orchestra in Tokyo, Japan performed Tunnell Vision on July 18, 2016 at Musasino Big Band Jazz Festival.[12]

Advertisements were run in both Down Beat Magazine and JazzTimes in the March issues (2015) for Origin Records to feature the CD. Drumhead Magazine published a two part feature of transcribed solos and drums parts from the 'Time Within Itself' CD starting with the June 2015 (#50) edition.[13] Origin Records submitted the TWI CD into the first round ballot of the 58th Annual Grammy Awards for the categories of Best Arrangement Instrumental or a Cappella, Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, and Best Instrumental Composition.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Midwest RecordHighly favorable[14]
All About Jazz (3)4.5/5 stars [2]
Notable of 2015[15]
#1 of top 12
"Most Recommended"
reviews of 2015[16]
Down Beat3/5 stars [17]
Jazz WeeklyHighly favorable[18]
Jazz ScanHighly favorable[19]
Percussive Notes
PAS Journal
Highly favorable[20]
International Association of Jazz Record Collectors
IAJRC Journal
Highly favorable[21]
Jazz Journal
United Kingdom
4/5 stars [22]
Multikulti Project
4.5/5 stars [23]
The Jazz Reader4.3/5 stars[24]
4.98/5 stars[25]
WRTI 90.1
Best of 2015
Big Band Jazz Releases[26]
WRTI 90.1
Top 100
Jazz Countdown
of 2015[28]
O's Place Jazz Newsletter4/5 stars[29]
Tom Hull
Best Jazz Albums of 2015

'"Time Within Itself” is the rare large ensemble recording that builds upon tradition but never sounds retro. Smart, carefully plotted arrangements, crisp, thoughtful solos, surprises at every turn and a consistently solid groove result in a big band set for people who never thought they’d like big band music.'

Jeff Tamarkin, Associate Editor, JazzTimes magazine

'“Time Within Itself” is a state-of-the-art modern large jazz ensemble project that I highly recommend. Made up of some of my favorite people in the Dallas Fort Worth area as well as some imports, this band is magnificent. Standouts to me were Mike’s wonderful drums and the thrilling guitar of Jimi Tunnell. When you add Sandra’s (Dudley) voice to the mix, you get a great 21st Century texture that lifts this project up into the contemporary sizzle zone! I really enjoyed the masterful orchestrations and developmental writing of Jack Cooper. He has really developed a musical palette that can tell a story in a very evocative manner. Great stuff one-and-all!'

Steve Wiest, multiple Grammy-nominated, multi-genre artist.

"Impeccable performance, great charts, a fresh new sound. Bravo!"

Chris Walden, 6 time Grammy nominated composer/arranger, for film, T.V. and numerous recording artists

"It is always refreshing to hear new original big band music. Michael Waldrop and Jack Cooper have struck a great balance on their new album from Origin Records; ‘Time With Itself.’ Nothing drives a band better than a drummer playing his own music; there is a special groove that comes out that feels just right. However, without great arrangements the music might turn into one long, funky drum solo; that is for sure not the case here. Cooper’s colorful and inventive arrangements bring all the tunes to life, showcasing his style while bringing the out the best in Waldrop’s tunes."

Tim Davies, Grammy-nominated composer, orchestrator, and drummer.


Year Chart Type Song/Album Peak Position Chart Date
2015 JazzWeek Airplay Reporting Album Time Within Itself 71 April 20, 2015[31]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format
Canada[32] March 17, 2015 Origin Records CD, digital download
United Kingdom
United States[34]
Europe (Germany) [35] March 20, 2015

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Time Within Itself Origin Records release site
  2. ^ a b Bowers, Jack. All About Jazz, review of Time Within Itself, April 2, 2015
  3. ^ Academic Affairs: Update—Winter 2014, Eastern Washington University, Waldrop faculty research grant announced
  4. ^ CALE Newsletter from the University of Eastern Washington, "Michael Waldrop Releases CD", Spring 2015
  5. ^ Summit Records and Naxos Records were both solicited in addition to Origin Records
  6. ^ University of Southern Mississippi School of Music announcement for March 9, 2015, Lawrence Panella featured on "Time Within Itself" CD
  7. ^ Commercial Appeal/University of Memphis School of Music announcement for March 2015, Jack Cooper featured on "Time Within Itself" CD
  8. ^ UNC Charlotte announcement for March 18, 2015, Will Campbell featured on "Time Within Itself" CD]
  9. ^ Richens, Mark. The Commercial Appeal. Michael Waldrop to premiere new album, Time Within Itself, March 2, 2015
  10. ^ Michael Waldrop big band at Tula's Jazz Club July 27, 2015
  11. ^ Michael Waldrop Big Band, Saturday 1/9/16, 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM, JEN Conference, Inspirations Stage
  12. ^ Tunnell Vision on July 18, 2016 at Musasino Big Band Jazz Festival.
  13. ^ Drumhead Magazine, June 2015, #50
  14. ^ Spector, Chris. Midwest Record Review, 03/16/15, review
  15. ^ Bailey, C. Michael. Notable And Nearly Missed 2015 All About Jazz, December 25, 2015
  16. ^ Top 12 "Most Recommended" Album Reviews: 2015, By MICHAEL RICCI, Published: January 1, 2016
  17. ^ Bouchard, Fred. "Bigger and Better" CD reviews Down Beat Magazine, June 2015, pp 63
  18. ^ Harris, George. "SOUND FROM THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST" CD reviews, Jazz Weekly, June 4, 2015
  19. ^ Bang, Ric. "Michael Waldrop Big Band: Time Within Itself" CD reviews, Jazz Scan, July 6, 2015
  20. ^ Lane, John. CD Review. Michael Waldrop Big Band: Time Within Itself, Percussive Notes, Percussive Arts Society Journal, Vol. 53, No. 3 - July 2015
  21. ^ Reny, Bob. CD Review. Michael Waldrop Big Band: Time Within Itself, IAJRC Journal, Vol. 48, No. 2 - June 2015
  22. ^ Jazz Journal, Time Within Itself/jazz review, Jarrett, Nigel. August 2015, Volume 68, No. 8, pp. 36
  23. ^ Multikulti Project (blog, record reviews), Time Within Itself/jazz review, Fikus, Andrew. Sunday, September 13, 2015
  24. ^ Gregg, Dave. The Jazz Reader (record reviews), Time Within Itself/CD review March 23, 2015
  25. ^ Improvijazzation Nation (record reviews), Time Within Itself/CD review] Issue #158 Review s
  26. ^ The Best of the 2015 Big Band Jazz Releases on WRTI, BOB CRAIG, JAN 1, 2016
  27. ^ Top 100 Jazz Countdown, #67 on WRTI, MAUREEN MALLOY, Dec. 14, 2015
  28. ^ of 2015 PERRY TANNENBAUM, January 26, 2016
  29. ^ D. Oscar Groomes. O's Place Jazz Newsletter , TWI CD/jazz review, February, 2016
  30. ^ Hull, Tom. Tom Hull on the Web, Time Within Itself CD/jazz review
  31. ^ "JazzWeek Radio Airplay charting".
  32. ^ "Time Within Itself (2015)". Amazon.com (Canada).
  33. ^ "Time Within Itself (2015)". Amazon.com (Japan).
  34. ^ "Time Within Itself (2015)". Amazon.com.
  35. ^ "Time Within Itself (2015)". Amazon.com (German).

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