Mal Waldron

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Pianist, Composer

A pianist with a brooding, rhythmic, introverted style, Mal Waldron's playing has long been flexible enough to fit into both hard bop and freer settings. Influenced by Thelonious Monk's use of space, Waldron has had his own distinctive chord voicings nearly from the start. Early on, Waldron played jazz on alto and classical music on piano, but he switched permanently to jazz piano while at Queens College. He freelanced around New York in the early '50s with Ike Quebec (for whom he made his recording debut), Big Nick Nicholas and a variety of R&B-ish groups. Waldron frequently worked with Charles Mingus from 1954-56 and was Billie Holiday's regular accompanist during her last two years (1957-59). Often hired by Prestige to supervise recording sessions, Waldron contributed many originals (including "Soul Eyes," which became a standard) and basic arrangements that prevented spontaneous dates from becoming overly loose jam sessions. He has mostly led his own groups since Holiday's death, although he was part of the Eric Dolphy Booker Little Quintet that was recorded extensively at the Five Spot in 1961, and also worked with Abbey Lincoln for a time during the era. He wrote three film scores (The Cool World, Three Bedrooms In Manhattan and Sweet Love Bitter) before moving permanently to Europe in 1965, settling in Munich in 1967. Waldron, who has occasionally returned to the U.S. for visits, has long been a major force in the European jazz world. His album Free at Last was the first released by ECM, and his Black Glory was the fourth Enja album. Mal Waldron, who has frequently teamed up with Steve Lacy (often as a duet), has kept quite busy up to the present time, featuring a style that has evolved but is certainly traceable to his earliest record dates. Among the many labels that have documented his music have been Prestige, New Jazz, Bethlehem, Impulse, Musica, Affinity, ECM, Futura, Nippon Phonogram, Enja, Freedom, Black Lion, Horo, Teichiku, Hat Art, Palo Alto, Eastwind, Baybridge, Paddle Wheel, Muse, Free Lance, Soul Note, Plainisphere and Timeless.
— Scott Yanow

The Quest
Mal Waldron/Eric Dolphy/Booker Ervin.
New Jazz NJLP 8269. June 27, 1961.
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RON CARTER (cello)
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This wonderful and luxurious set of seven Mal Waldron compositions is played by a sympathetic and inventive sextet. The featured soloists are saxophonists Booker Ervin and Eric Dolphy (also on clarinet). The rhythm section is bolstered with the presence of Ron Carter on cello, whose sonic range dances fluidly between the tamper of the reeds and the bottom of Joe Benjamin's bass. "Warm Canto" is a gorgeous and pastoral work that brings to mind classical composer Ferde GrofT. Elsewhere--such as on the post-bop frolic "Warp and Woof"--Dolphy and Ervin alternate solos with delightful contrast and verve. Their thematic statements on the closing "Fire Waltz" make it impossible to picture anyone else's tones gracing the melody. Waldron's writing is full of his characteristic solemnity and subtlety.


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Это сообщение отредактировал loscigarillos - 12.10.05 в 13:56
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1.Rat Now (10:17)
2.Balladina (5:05)
3.1-3-234 (4:05)
4.Rock My Soul (11:23)
5.Willow Weep For Me (7:34)
6.Boo (3:24)

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Mal Waldron / Jeanne Lee / Toru Tenda

01 Japanese Lullaby (5:31)
02 White Road (14:01)
03 Black Rain (9:25)
04 Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child (5:44)

piano - Mal Waldron
vocals - Jeanne Lee
flute - Toru Tenda
recorded August 6th and August 21st 1995


Total Time 34:41 | ripped from CD @ 320 kbps


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Jeanne Lee - Mal Waldron / After Hours

1 Caravan
2 You Go To My Head
3 I Could Write A Book
4 Goodbye Pork - Pie Hat
5 Straight Ahead
6 Fire Waltz
7 I Let A Song Go Out of My Heart
8 Every Time We Say Goodbye

Jeanne Lee: voice
Mal Waldron: piano
digitally recorded in Paris on May 25th 26th 1994


Total Time 42:20 | ripped from CD @ 320 kbps
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Mal Waldron - One more time (2002)

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Mal Waldron - piano
Jean-Jacques Avenel - double bass
Steve Lacy - soprano saxophone

1. All Alone
2. Rites Of Initiation
3. You
4. Blues For JJ's Bass
5. The Seagulls Of Kristiansund
6. Waltz For Marianne
7. In The Land Of Clusters
8. Soul Eyes

Mal Waldron - Left Alone
Mal Waldron - Breaking New Ground
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