Origin Suite

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Origin Suite
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ReleasedJanuary 3, 2018
  • August 2010
  • June 2016
  • September 2016
  • January 11, 2017
Label Origin - 82747
Michael Waldrop chronology
Time Within Itself
Origin Suite
Origin Records 82747

Origin Suite is the second jazz album by Michael Waldrop produced by award winning Seattle, Washington based label Origin Records, released January 3, 2018. [1] The CD idea is a high level, eclectic mix of works showcasing Michael Waldrop. Specifically, the Origin Suite was composed for this CD as a tour de force to showcase Waldrop. Most notably the CD received 4 of 5 stars by music critic and author Brian Morton in the April 2018 edition of Jazz Journal from London. [2]



The Origin Suite is inspired by three paintings of Cuban artist Wifredo Lam Lam.jpg
The Origin Suite is inspired by three paintings of Cuban artist Wifredo Lam

After the success of Michael Waldrop's Time Within Itself CD, he decided to approach Origin Records to do a second CD. They agreed and this time a wider set of music was used though still employing Jack Cooper as the primary writer and arranger for the new project. Another substantial grant ($10,000) was obtained by Waldrop from Eastern Washington University to doing a CD.

The Origin Suite (title work) is inspired by three paintings by artist Wifredo Lam: La Jungla, Nativité, Al Final De La Noche. Lam's paintings are primitive and earthy in approach and draw on Caribbean and Central African themes related to Santería and Cuban Vodú culture.


The Origin Suite CD got its first promotion with the "Track of The Day" feature with All About Jazz. The track La Jungla was given 3.5 of 5 stars by reviewer Fiona Ord-Shrimpton.


Professional ratings
Review scores
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Tom Hull B– [4]

Reviewing for Cadence , Bob Rausch said: "Michael Waldrop [drm/vib] is another artist with past ties to North Texas State and his big band is not traditional as displayed on ORIGIN SUITE. Recorded at various times from August 2010 though July 2017 presented here are a dozen originals mostly by Waldrop. There are also moments for small groupings. Purists will be set off by the lack of continuity in style and manner of the CD, that said, the various styles employed work well. The main influence seems to be Weather Report with its high energy rhythm and electrified pinning. Waldrop picks from a pool of over 25 musicians, uses overdubbing and there is an occasionally use of voice as sweetening to the compositions." [5]

Tom Hull was less impressed, saying Waldrop "runs a big band here, with various bits recorded elsewhere and tacked together. The title suite is rather short, but the album goes on and on, alternately richly expressive and overblown." [4]

Track listing

1."Origin Suite I: La Jungla" Jack Cooper/Michael Waldrop (arr. J. Cooper)3:52
2."Origin Suite II: Nativité" 3:21
3."Origin Suite III: Al Final De La Noche" 3:39
4."Through The Mist"M. Waldrop5:10
5."Sheath and Sword" J. Cooper 5:55
6."Ivana"M. Waldrop (arr. J. Cooper)5:41
7."Mouzon" Jimi Tunnell 6:58
8."Doo Dat Tang"M. Waldrop (arr. Gerald Stockton)5:45
9."Belgrade"M. Waldrop (arr. J. Cooper)7:19
10."Vasconcelos"M. Waldrop5:54
11."Doppler Effect"G. Stockton6:13
12."Still Life"M. Waldrop7:05

Recording notes



"Mouzon" is dedicated to drummer Alphonse Mouzon. Alphonse-mouzon-ffm-001.jpg
"Mouzon" is dedicated to drummer Alphonse Mouzon.

Tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8

Track 7

Tracks 9, 11

Tracks 4, 10

Track 12



YearChartTypeSong/AlbumPeak PositionChart Date
2018 JazzWeek Airplay Reporting AlbumOrigin Suite67February 26 [6]
WUMR Jazz 20 Countdown 4February 25th thru March 3rd [7]

Release history

Canada [8] January 19, 2018 Origin Records CD, digital download
United Kingdom
Japan [9]
United States [10]
Europe (Germany) [11]

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  1. Origin Suite Origin Records release site
  2. 1 2 Brian Morton. Jazz Journal, April 2018, p. 36
  3. All About Jazz, review by C. MICHAEL BAILEY, February 2, 2018
  4. 1 2 Hull, Tom (28 February 2018). "Streamnotes". Tom Hull – on the Web. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  5. Rausch, Bob. Cadence Review, March 2018
  6. "JazzWeek Radio Airplay charting".
  7. "Jazz 20 Countdown WUMR Jazz Radio, 2018, Jazz 20 Countdown Jazz Radio for the MidSouth U.S., ranking based on national number of plays/spins".
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