MAL WALDRON

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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 1954-1956 and was Billie Holiday's regular accompanist during her last two years (1957-1959). 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.

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Blues For Lady DayBlues For Lady Day
1201 MUSIC 1990
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 MAL WALDRON on STEINWAY ~ PRIVATE JAZZ on PAULA vinyl LP ~ SUPER RARE! MAL WALDRON on STEINWAY ~ PRIVATE JAZZ on PAULA vinyl LP ~ SUPER RARE! USD $19.77 Buy It Now 23h
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T (TEDDY) CHARLES, Idrees Sulieman, John Jenkins & Mal Waldron T (TEDDY) CHARLES, Idrees Sulieman, John Jenkins & Mal Waldron "Coolin" JAZZ CD USD $26.95 Buy It Now 2 days
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Eric Dolphy at The Five Spot Vol.2 Mal Waldron Prestige 7826 Booker Little RVG Eric Dolphy at The Five Spot Vol.2 Mal Waldron Prestige 7826 Booker Little RVG USD $7.99 (1 bids)
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ELDEE YOUNG Just For Kicks LP 1962 Argo LP 699 MONO DG Mal Waldron Leo Wright ELDEE YOUNG Just For Kicks LP 1962 Argo LP 699 MONO DG Mal Waldron Leo Wright USD $9.99 Buy It Now 2 days
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At The Five Spot Vol. 2 by Eric Dolphy LP jazz Booker Little Mal Waldron 1970s? At The Five Spot Vol. 2 by Eric Dolphy LP jazz Booker Little Mal Waldron 1970s? USD $12.99 (0 bids)
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Scarce The Sound of Jazz - Columbia Six Eye - Mal Waldron Billie Holliday Scarce The Sound of Jazz - Columbia Six Eye - Mal Waldron Billie Holliday USD $12.00 (0 bids)
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MAL WALDRON - They Laughed When I sat down to Play... ~ MMO 4008 w/Booklet MAL WALDRON - They Laughed When I sat down to Play... ~ MMO 4008 w/Booklet USD $75.00 Buy It Now 2 days
MAL WALDRON SOLO PIANO / SIGNALS / FREEDOM / TRIO JAPAN MAL WALDRON SOLO PIANO / SIGNALS / FREEDOM / TRIO JAPAN USD $17.90 Buy It Now 2 days
MAL WALDRON Left Alone OBI JAPAN the way he remembers Billie Holiday MAL WALDRON Left Alone OBI JAPAN the way he remembers Billie Holiday USD $54.00 Buy It Now 2 days
◆FS◆SUMIKO YOSEYAMA/MAL WALDRON「DUO」JAPAN RARE CD NM◆TOCT-9370 ◆FS◆SUMIKO YOSEYAMA/MAL WALDRON「DUO」JAPAN RARE CD NM◆TOCT-9370 USD $28.00 Buy It Now 2 days
◆FS◆SUMIKO YOSEYAMA「WITH MAL WALDRON」JAPAN RARE SAMPLE MINI LP CD NEW◆TECI-1115 ◆FS◆SUMIKO YOSEYAMA「WITH MAL WALDRON」JAPAN RARE SAMPLE MINI LP CD NEW◆TECI-1115 USD $30.00 Buy It Now 3 days
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ERIC DOLPHY RON CARTER Magic 2 x LP PRESTIGE P-24053 Mal Waldron Booker Little ERIC DOLPHY RON CARTER Magic 2 x LP PRESTIGE P-24053 Mal Waldron Booker Little USD $14.99 Buy It Now 3 days
MAL WALDRON / LEFT ALONE / BETHLEHEM / JAZZ / NIPPON COLUMBIA JAPAN 45RPM MAL WALDRON / LEFT ALONE / BETHLEHEM / JAZZ / NIPPON COLUMBIA JAPAN 45RPM USD $19.90 Buy It Now 3 days
Recordings 1957-1961 [Slipcase] * by Mal Waldron. Recordings 1957-1961 [Slipcase] * by Mal Waldron. USD $14.03 Buy It Now 3 days
JACKIE McLEAN A LONG DRINK OF THE BLUES JAPAN LP Mal Waldron JACKIE McLEAN A LONG DRINK OF THE BLUES JAPAN LP Mal Waldron USD $24.99 Buy It Now 3 days
Mal Waldron Left Alone - Bethlehem BCP 6045 - Jazz LP Vinyl J. McLean Mono DG Mal Waldron Left Alone - Bethlehem BCP 6045 - Jazz LP Vinyl J. McLean Mono DG USD $449.00 Buy It Now 3 days
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Mal Waldron & David Friesen 'Remembering Mal' (CD 2006 Soul Note) Live Show.  Mal Waldron & David Friesen 'Remembering Mal' (CD 2006 Soul Note) Live Show. USD $59.95 Buy It Now 3 days
MAL WALDRON - MAL/2 PRESTIGE 7111 NEW CD MAL WALDRON - MAL/2 PRESTIGE 7111 NEW CD USD $13.50 Buy It Now 4 days
Mal Waldron ‎– Blues For Lady Day - ARISTA FREEDOM 1975 Mal Waldron ‎– Blues For Lady Day - ARISTA FREEDOM 1975 USD $8.99 (0 bids)
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BENNIE GREEN HORNFUL OF SOUL MAL WALDRON MINI LP JAPAN BENNIE GREEN HORNFUL OF SOUL MAL WALDRON MINI LP JAPAN USD $29.99 Buy It Now 4 days
MAL WALDRON ALL ALONE GLOBE/VICTOR MJ-7114 Japan MONO VINYL LP MAL WALDRON ALL ALONE GLOBE/VICTOR MJ-7114 Japan MONO VINYL LP USD $0.99 (1 bids)
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MAL WALDRON TRIO FREE AT LAST GLOBE SMJX-10098 Japan OBI PROMO VINYL LP MAL WALDRON TRIO FREE AT LAST GLOBE SMJX-10098 Japan OBI PROMO VINYL LP USD $9.00 (4 bids)
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LP/GF Kimiko Kasai, Mal Waldron One For Lady SMJX10119 VICTOR Japan Vinyl LP/GF Kimiko Kasai, Mal Waldron One For Lady SMJX10119 VICTOR Japan Vinyl USD $1.00 (0 bids)
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LP MAL WALDRON QUINTET Mal 1 SMJ7430 PRESTIGE JAPAN Vinyl OBI LP MAL WALDRON QUINTET Mal 1 SMJ7430 PRESTIGE JAPAN Vinyl OBI USD $1.00 (1 bids)
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KIMIKO KASAI MAL WALDRON - ONE FOR LADY - CD4W-7017 QUAD JAPAN JVC OBI - MINT LP KIMIKO KASAI MAL WALDRON - ONE FOR LADY - CD4W-7017 QUAD JAPAN JVC OBI - MINT LP USD $25.00 Buy It Now 4 days
MAX ROACH It's Time LP IMPULSE! A-16 US '62 RVG MONO Mal Waldron Clifford Jordan MAX ROACH It's Time LP IMPULSE! A-16 US '62 RVG MONO Mal Waldron Clifford Jordan USD $53.09 Buy It Now 4 days
Mal WALDRON Meditations LIVE At Dug 11 JULY 1972 JAPAN Mini LP CD NEW SCOL-4014 Mal WALDRON Meditations LIVE At Dug 11 JULY 1972 JAPAN Mini LP CD NEW SCOL-4014 USD $39.99 Buy It Now 4 days
Mal Waldron Breaking New Ground Japan ORG CD in 1983 w OBI Reggie Workman Mal Waldron Breaking New Ground Japan ORG CD in 1983 w OBI Reggie Workman USD $99.99 Buy It Now 4 days
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Mal Waldron-Firm Roots-Rare Orig.Jazz LP-Sam Jones,Louis Hayes-Muse Promo-N.Mint Mal Waldron-Firm Roots-Rare Orig.Jazz LP-Sam Jones,Louis Hayes-Muse Promo-N.Mint USD $14.99 (0 bids)
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Max Roach Mal Waldron Explorations... To The Mth Degree Dbl CD Max Roach Mal Waldron Explorations... To The Mth Degree Dbl CD USD $12.50 Buy It Now 4 days
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Mal Waldron Steve Lacy Sempre Amore Soul Note 1987 Still Sealed Nice! Mal Waldron Steve Lacy Sempre Amore Soul Note 1987 Still Sealed Nice! USD $20.00 Buy It Now 5 days
ERIC DOLPHY BOOKER LITTLE Live At The Five Spot LP PRESTIGE 7334 RVG Mal Waldron ERIC DOLPHY BOOKER LITTLE Live At The Five Spot LP PRESTIGE 7334 RVG Mal Waldron USD $56.69 Buy It Now 5 days
MAL WALDRON Sweet Love Bitter Sound Track George Coleman Impulse 9142 SEALED LP MAL WALDRON Sweet Love Bitter Sound Track George Coleman Impulse 9142 SEALED LP USD $49.97 Buy It Now 5 days
Riding a Zephyr by Judi Silvano & Mal Waldron (CD, 2002/Soul Note) Voice/Piano Riding a Zephyr by Judi Silvano & Mal Waldron (CD, 2002/Soul Note) Voice/Piano USD $2.50 Buy It Now 5 days
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Mal Waldron Black Glory Enja LP VG++ Mal Waldron Black Glory Enja LP VG++ USD $8.00 (0 bids)
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Kimiko Kasai & Mal Waldron 12 Kimiko Kasai & Mal Waldron 12" LP Record One For Lady Catalyst CAT-7900 Jazz USD $4.99 (0 bids)
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John Coltrane Paul Quinchette Cattin' with Japan Promo Vinyl LP OBI Mal Waldron John Coltrane Paul Quinchette Cattin' with Japan Promo Vinyl LP OBI Mal Waldron USD $79.99 Buy It Now 5 days
RON CARTER WITH ERIC DOLPHY MAL WALDRON WHERE? 1978 JAPAN Vinyl LP SMJ-6570 RON CARTER WITH ERIC DOLPHY MAL WALDRON WHERE? 1978 JAPAN Vinyl LP SMJ-6570 USD $19.99 Buy It Now 5 days
Mal Waldron Recordings 1956-1957 4 CD NEW sealed Mal Waldron Recordings 1956-1957 4 CD NEW sealed USD $28.15 Buy It Now 5 days
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GENE AMMONS Angel Eyes LP PRESTIGE PR 7369 US 1965 RVG Mal Waldron Frank Wess GENE AMMONS Angel Eyes LP PRESTIGE PR 7369 US 1965 RVG Mal Waldron Frank Wess USD $9.99 Buy It Now 6 days
Mal Waldron - Quest [New CD] Mal Waldron - Quest [New CD] USD $13.07 Buy It Now 6 days
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MAL WALDRON Mal Waldron Quintet Featuring Gigi Gryce And Idrees Sulieman : Mal-1 album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Mal Waldron Quintet Featuring Gigi Gryce And Idrees Sulieman : Mal-1
Hard Bop 1957
MAL WALDRON Mal-2 album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Mal-2
Hard Bop 1957
MAL WALDRON Mal/3 Sounds album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mal/3 Sounds
Hard Bop 1958
MAL WALDRON Mal/4 Trio album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Mal/4 Trio
Hard Bop 1958
MAL WALDRON Impressions album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Impressions
Hard Bop 1959
MAL WALDRON The Blues Minus You - Ten Shades Of Blue album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Blues Minus You - Ten Shades Of Blue
Jazz Education 1959
MAL WALDRON Left Alone album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Left Alone
Hard Bop 1960
MAL WALDRON Moonglow and Stardust album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Moonglow and Stardust
Jazz Education 1960
MAL WALDRON Sing or Play the Music of Duke Ellington album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sing or Play the Music of Duke Ellington
Jazz Education 1960
MAL WALDRON The Music Of Jimmy McHugh album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Music Of Jimmy McHugh
Jazz Education 1960
MAL WALDRON Singin' In The Rain - The Music Of Nacio Herb Brown album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Singin' In The Rain - The Music Of Nacio Herb Brown
Jazz Education 1960
MAL WALDRON Mal Waldron album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mal Waldron
Jazz Education 1960
MAL WALDRON For Singers 'N Swingers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
For Singers 'N Swingers
Jazz Education 1960
MAL WALDRON Fun With Brushes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fun With Brushes
Jazz Education 1960
MAL WALDRON Blue Drums album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blue Drums
Jazz Education 1961
MAL WALDRON For Pianists Only! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
For Pianists Only!
Jazz Education 1962
MAL WALDRON The Quest (with Eric Dolphy) album cover 3.57 | 4 ratings
The Quest (with Eric Dolphy)
Hard Bop 1962
MAL WALDRON They Laughed When I Sat Down To Play... album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
They Laughed When I Sat Down To Play...
Jazz Education 1962
MAL WALDRON Les Nuits De La Negritude - Quiet Temple album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Les Nuits De La Negritude - Quiet Temple
Post Bop 1963
MAL WALDRON The Dealers (with John Coltrane) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Dealers (with John Coltrane)
Hard Bop 1965
MAL WALDRON Mal Waldron Trio album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mal Waldron Trio
Post Bop 1966
MAL WALDRON All Alone album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
All Alone
Post Bop 1966
MAL WALDRON Sweet Love, Bitter album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sweet Love, Bitter
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1967
MAL WALDRON How About You? album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
How About You?
Jazz Education 1968
MAL WALDRON Ursula album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ursula
Post Bop 1969
MAL WALDRON Free At Last album cover 3.75 | 6 ratings
Free At Last
Post Bop 1970
MAL WALDRON Tokyo Bound album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Tokyo Bound
Post Bop 1970
MAL WALDRON Tokyo Reverie album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Tokyo Reverie
Post Bop 1970
MAL WALDRON Spanish Bitch album cover 3.52 | 4 ratings
Spanish Bitch
Post Bop 1970
MAL WALDRON The Call album cover 4.67 | 3 ratings
The Call
Post Bop 1971
MAL WALDRON First Encounter (with Gary Peacock) album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
First Encounter (with Gary Peacock)
Post Bop 1971
MAL WALDRON The Whirling Dervish album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
The Whirling Dervish
Post Bop 1972
MAL WALDRON On Steinway album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
On Steinway
Post Bop 1972
MAL WALDRON Mal Waldron-Steve Lacy : Journey Without End album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Mal Waldron-Steve Lacy : Journey Without End
Avant-Garde Jazz 1972
MAL WALDRON Mal Waldron With The Steve Lacy Quintet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mal Waldron With The Steve Lacy Quintet
Avant-Garde Jazz 1972
MAL WALDRON Reminicent Suite (with Terumasa Hino) album cover 4.48 | 3 ratings
Reminicent Suite (with Terumasa Hino)
Post Bop 1973
MAL WALDRON Blues for Lady Day album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blues for Lady Day
Post Bop 1973
MAL WALDRON Up Popped the Devil album cover 2.98 | 3 ratings
Up Popped the Devil
Avant-Garde Jazz 1974
MAL WALDRON Jazz Confronto 19 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Confronto 19
Post Bop 1975
MAL WALDRON Candy Girl album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Candy Girl
Funk Jazz 1975
MAL WALDRON Mal Waldron / Jackie McLean : Like Old Times album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mal Waldron / Jackie McLean : Like Old Times
Hard Bop 1976
MAL WALDRON Mal Waldron Quintet With Steve Lacy ‎: One-Upmanship (aka Mal Waldron - Manfred Schoof) album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Mal Waldron Quintet With Steve Lacy ‎: One-Upmanship (aka Mal Waldron - Manfred Schoof)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1977
MAL WALDRON Signals album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Signals
Post Bop 1977
MAL WALDRON Moods album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Moods
Post Bop 1978
MAL WALDRON Fools Rush In album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fools Rush In
Post Bop 1978
MAL WALDRON Number Nineteen album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Number Nineteen
Post Bop 1979
MAL WALDRON Mal 81 album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Mal 81
Hard Bop 1981
MAL WALDRON News : Run About MAL album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
News : Run About MAL
Post Bop 1981
MAL WALDRON In Retrospect album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
In Retrospect
Hard Bop 1982
MAL WALDRON What It Is album cover 4.40 | 2 ratings
What It Is
Avant-Garde Jazz 1982
MAL WALDRON One Entrance, Many Exits album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
One Entrance, Many Exits
Post Bop 1983
MAL WALDRON Breaking New Ground album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Breaking New Ground
Post Bop 1983
MAL WALDRON You And The Night And The Music album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
You And The Night And The Music
Hard Bop 1984
MAL WALDRON Set Me Free album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Set Me Free
Post Bop 1984
MAL WALDRON Plays Eric Satie album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Plays Eric Satie
Third Stream 1984
MAL WALDRON And Alone album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
And Alone
Post Bop 1985
MAL WALDRON Mal Waldron/David Friesen : Encounters album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mal Waldron/David Friesen : Encounters
Post Bop 1985
MAL WALDRON Left Alone '86 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Left Alone '86
Hard Bop 1986
MAL WALDRON Songs Of Love And Regret (with Marion Brown) album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Songs Of Love And Regret (with Marion Brown)
Post Bop 1986
MAL WALDRON Space album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Space
Post Bop 1986
MAL WALDRON Mal Waldron-Steve Lacy : Sempre Amore album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Mal Waldron-Steve Lacy : Sempre Amore
Hard Bop 1987
MAL WALDRON Update album cover 3.48 | 2 ratings
Update
Post Bop 1987
MAL WALDRON Mal, Dance and Soul album cover 3.02 | 2 ratings
Mal, Dance and Soul
Post Bop 1988
MAL WALDRON Mal Waldron / Marion Brown ‎: Much More ! album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Mal Waldron / Marion Brown ‎: Much More !
Hard Bop 1988
MAL WALDRON Mal Waldron / David Friesen ‎: Dedication album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mal Waldron / David Friesen ‎: Dedication
Post Bop 1988
MAL WALDRON Mal Waldron & Jim Pepper : Art of the Duo album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Mal Waldron & Jim Pepper : Art of the Duo
Post Bop 1989
MAL WALDRON Duo - Quartett - Solo (aka Into The Light) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Duo - Quartett - Solo (aka Into The Light)
Post Bop 1990
MAL WALDRON Spring in Prague album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Spring in Prague
Post Bop 1990
MAL WALDRON No More Tears (for Lady Day) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
No More Tears (for Lady Day)
Post Bop 1990
MAL WALDRON Evidence album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Evidence
Post Bop 1991
MAL WALDRON Our Colline's a Treasure album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Our Colline's a Treasure
Post Bop 1991
MAL WALDRON Mal Waldron Quintet : Crowd Scene album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Mal Waldron Quintet : Crowd Scene
Post Bop 1992
MAL WALDRON Mal Waldron Quintet : Where Are You? album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mal Waldron Quintet : Where Are You?
Post Bop 1994
MAL WALDRON My Dear Family album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
My Dear Family
Post Bop 1994
MAL WALDRON Waldron - Haslam album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Waldron - Haslam
Avant-Garde Jazz 1994
MAL WALDRON Two New (with George Haslam) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Two New (with George Haslam)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1995
MAL WALDRON Mal Waldron&Jeanne Lee : White Road Black Rain (aka Maturity 4 / White Road Black Rain) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mal Waldron&Jeanne Lee : White Road Black Rain (aka Maturity 4 / White Road Black Rain)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1995
MAL WALDRON Klassics (aka Maturity 1 / Klassics) album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Klassics (aka Maturity 1 / Klassics)
Third Stream 1998
MAL WALDRON One More Time album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
One More Time
Avant-Garde Jazz 2002
MAL WALDRON Maturity 2 / He's My Father album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Maturity 2 / He's My Father
Avant-Garde Jazz 2003

MAL WALDRON EPs & splits

MAL WALDRON live albums

MAL WALDRON Jazz Jamboree 66 Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Jamboree 66 Vol. 1
Hard Bop 1966
MAL WALDRON Blood And Guts album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Blood And Guts
Post Bop 1970
MAL WALDRON The Opening album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Opening
Avant-Garde Jazz 1971
MAL WALDRON Black Glory album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Black Glory
Hard Bop 1971
MAL WALDRON Plays The Blues - Live At The Domicile album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plays The Blues - Live At The Domicile
Post Bop 1971
MAL WALDRON Mal : Live 4 To 1 album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Mal : Live 4 To 1
Post Bop 1971
MAL WALDRON Meditations: Live at Dug album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Meditations: Live at Dug
Post Bop 1972
MAL WALDRON Mal Waldron Quintet : Hard Talk album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Mal Waldron Quintet : Hard Talk
Post Bop 1974
MAL WALDRON A Little Bit Of Miles album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Little Bit Of Miles
Post Bop 1974
MAL WALDRON A Touch of the Blues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Touch of the Blues
Post Bop 1977
MAL WALDRON Mingus Lives album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mingus Lives
Post Bop 1979
MAL WALDRON Mal Waldron & Yosuke Yamashita ‎: Piano Duo Live At Pit Inn album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Mal Waldron & Yosuke Yamashita ‎: Piano Duo Live At Pit Inn
Avant-Garde Jazz 1986
MAL WALDRON Mal Waldron / Steve Lacy  : Let's Call This album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Mal Waldron / Steve Lacy : Let's Call This
Avant-Garde Jazz 1986
MAL WALDRON Mal Waldron Quintet ‎: The Git Go - Live At The Village Vanguard album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Mal Waldron Quintet ‎: The Git Go - Live At The Village Vanguard
Post Bop 1987
MAL WALDRON Both Sides Now album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Both Sides Now
Third Stream 1987
MAL WALDRON The  Super Quartet Of Mal Waldron: Live At Sweet Basil album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
The Super Quartet Of Mal Waldron: Live At Sweet Basil
Avant-Garde Jazz 1987
MAL WALDRON Eric Dolphy & Booker Little Remembered Live At Sweet Basil album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Eric Dolphy & Booker Little Remembered Live At Sweet Basil
Post Bop 1987
MAL WALDRON Eric Dolphy & Booker Little Remembered Live At Sweet Basil Vol.II album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Eric Dolphy & Booker Little Remembered Live At Sweet Basil Vol.II
Post Bop 1987
MAL WALDRON Mal Waldron Quintet ‎: The Seagulls Of Kristiansund - Live At The Village Vanguard album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Mal Waldron Quintet ‎: The Seagulls Of Kristiansund - Live At The Village Vanguard
Post Bop 1989
MAL WALDRON Mal Waldron Quartet Feat. Jim Pepper : Vol. I - Quadrologue At Utopia album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mal Waldron Quartet Feat. Jim Pepper : Vol. I - Quadrologue At Utopia
Post Bop 1990
MAL WALDRON Mal Waldron Quartet Feat. Jim Pepper ‎: Vol. II More Git' Go At Utopia album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mal Waldron Quartet Feat. Jim Pepper ‎: Vol. II More Git' Go At Utopia
Post Bop 1994
MAL WALDRON Le matin d’un fauve album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Le matin d’un fauve
Post Bop 1994
MAL WALDRON Mal Waldron/Danila Satragno : Magic Night In Borgio Verezzi album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mal Waldron/Danila Satragno : Magic Night In Borgio Verezzi
Vocal Jazz 1995
MAL WALDRON Mal, Verve, Black & Blue 'Live' at Satiricon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mal, Verve, Black & Blue 'Live' at Satiricon
Post Bop 1996
MAL WALDRON Travellin' In Soul-Time (with Jeanne Lee / Toru Tenda) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Travellin' In Soul-Time (with Jeanne Lee / Toru Tenda)
Post Bop 1997
MAL WALDRON Soul Eyes album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Soul Eyes
Vocal Jazz 1997
MAL WALDRON Mal Waldron/Nicolas Simion : Art Of The Duo - The Big Rochade album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Mal Waldron/Nicolas Simion : Art Of The Duo - The Big Rochade
Post Bop 1998
MAL WALDRON Mal Waldron album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mal Waldron
Post Bop 2003
MAL WALDRON From Dark Into The Light album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
From Dark Into The Light
Post Bop 2006
MAL WALDRON Maturity 5: Elusiveness Of  Mount Fuji album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Maturity 5: Elusiveness Of Mount Fuji
Post Bop 2007
MAL WALDRON Mal Waldron & Nicolas Simion Duo : Misterioso (Live In Zürich) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mal Waldron & Nicolas Simion Duo : Misterioso (Live In Zürich)
Post Bop 2014
MAL WALDRON Solo Piano Live in Vancouver, 1980 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Solo Piano Live in Vancouver, 1980
Post Bop 2017

MAL WALDRON demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

MAL WALDRON Candy Girl album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Candy Girl
Funk Jazz 1975

MAL WALDRON re-issues & compilations

MAL WALDRON Skippin' album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Skippin'
Post Bop 1974
MAL WALDRON Left Alone - Mal Waldron Live 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Left Alone - Mal Waldron Live 1
Post Bop 1974
MAL WALDRON All Alone - Mal Waldron Live 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
All Alone - Mal Waldron Live 2
Post Bop 1974
MAL WALDRON One and Two album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
One and Two
Post Bop 1976
MAL WALDRON Blues For Lady Day album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blues For Lady Day
Post Bop 1993
MAL WALDRON Mal Waldron & Steve Lacy : Live At Dreher Paris 1981, The Peak Vol. 2 album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Mal Waldron & Steve Lacy : Live At Dreher Paris 1981, The Peak Vol. 2
Avant-Garde Jazz 1996
MAL WALDRON Devils And Hymns album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Devils And Hymns
Post Bop 1997
MAL WALDRON Live at Dreher, Paris 1981 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Dreher, Paris 1981
Avant-Garde Jazz 2003
MAL WALDRON Maturity 3 / Dual album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Maturity 3 / Dual
Avant-Garde Jazz 2003
MAL WALDRON Soul Eyes: Memorial Album album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soul Eyes: Memorial Album
Hard Bop 2003
MAL WALDRON The Complete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint & Soul Note album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint & Soul Note
Post Bop 2012
MAL WALDRON Seven Classic Albums album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Seven Classic Albums
Hard Bop 2013
MAL WALDRON Mal '81 & News: Run About Mal album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mal '81 & News: Run About Mal
Post Bop 2015
MAL WALDRON The Complete Remastered Recordings Vol.2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Remastered Recordings Vol.2
Post Bop 2016
MAL WALDRON Polish Radio Jazz Archives, Vol. 29 - Jazz Jamboree '66 Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Polish Radio Jazz Archives, Vol. 29 - Jazz Jamboree '66 Vol. 1
Hard Bop 2017

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Post Bop 1985

MAL WALDRON Reviews

MAL WALDRON Mal Waldron & Steve Lacy : Live At Dreher Paris 1981, The Peak Vol. 2

Boxset / Compilation · 1996 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Second double-CD set, released right after the first one and containing live material,recorded during two last nights of soprano Steve Lacy and pianist Mal Waldron duo gigs at Paris' Dreher. First set is based more on first of three nights recordings and has been released under Steve Lacy name as leader (what is more a marketing trick since first set,released under Lacy's name, contains predominantly Waldron compositions, and second - predominantly Lacy's, in both cases completed with Monk standards)

Bigger part of presented music has been already released on earlier vinyl albums, but them all are real rarities so "The Peak" is with no doubt most accessible possibility to listen duo's legendary concert.

First set's CD contains four well-known Lacy's originals plus three Monk standards (incl. "Epistrophy" - the composition which made Lacy famous at early stage of his career). Second set opens with two Lacy compositions, switches to Waldron's "Hooray For Herby" and closes with three Monk standards.

The year is 1981, and Paris listeners are still enthusiastic listening to tuneful but quite quirky music. Both Lacy and Waldron are known by their love to clear melodies and minimalist touch in combination with deep bluesy roots. So no surprises here - Lacy's vibrato-less soprano sax dominates in most of the time quite often reminding his famous solo soprano concerts. Waldron piano can be heard mostly on the background (in big part because of untoward sound mix) with only better moments when Waldron soloing. Compositions are mostly well-known from other recordings, still here them sound inspired and perfectly played.

Generally often described as best duo release, this set is probably a bit overrated. Obvious Lacy domination (in sound mix and in music generally) too often makes "The Peak" just another Lacy's album, there are more interesting Lacy's solo soprano recordings and better releases as leader with band. Waldron is too often overshadowed here and sounds more as accompanist than a co-leader. Still great evidence coming from early 80s Paris jazz scene and one accessible way to listen two among most significant American expatriate jazz musicians who's career for decades has been related with Europe.

MAL WALDRON Mal Waldron Quintet ‎: The Seagulls Of Kristiansund - Live At The Village Vanguard

Live album · 1989 · Post Bop
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One among most significant American ex-patriots on European jazz scene pianist Mal Waldron has recorded quite a lot of live material (mostly in Sweet Basil and Village Vanguard) which has been used for Waldron albums series for years ahead.

Leading a truly strong band (usually - quintet) Waldron played longish version of some his better tunes (usually between ten and twenty minutes long jam-like compositions,still with well controlled structure and generally easy accessible),which on vinyl albums of the era often were placed one per side. Quintet recordings (with Woody Shaw on trumpet,Charlie Rouse on tenor saxophone and flute,Reggie Workman on bass and drummer Ed Blackwell) came as two Italian Soul Note label albums - "The Git-Go: Live At The Village Vanguard" and "The Seagulls Of Kristiansund". Former contains just two compositions, and the later - three, with title song lasting longer than 26 minutes and filling all side B.

Mid'80s generally is quite a successful period for Waldron who recorded lot of strong material at that time. Blues and bop-rooted progressive post bop became his signature sound, with drone-like left hand playing which often gave rock-like aesthetics to genuinely very jazzy music.

All three album's compositions(Waldron originals) come from earlier times, where album's title song has been released for the first time as far as in 1977 (on "One-Upmanship" album with Steve Lacy and Manfred Schoof,among others). Waldron was a master of strong tunes so all three long compositions sound almost as easy as popular rock/pop songs of the time. Repetitive structure and piano droning don't destroy their integrity and when the music stops playing there is a feeling that it would be good to start same listening once again.

"The Seagulls Of Kristiansund" is with no doubt album's true peak - slightly melancholic beautiful tune doesn't requires any visual addition - listener easily founds himself on north sea shore with sax very realistic bird-like screams and common matured dreaming atmosphere. This music surprisingly has meditative qualities on a manner of Indian ragas - when repetitive saturated music incorporates listener to specific atmosphere where he wants to stay for a longer.

As good as some other live Mal Waldron recordings from same few years, "The Seagulls Of Kristiansund" is good listening for fans of original tuneful post bop and excellent entry for those interested in Waldron more current works.

MAL WALDRON Blood And Guts

Live album · 1970 · Post Bop
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Pianist Mal Waldron first ever live album has been released in 1970 on tiny French Futura label. It contains four longish (each - over ten minute long)compositions, recorded in May 1970 at American Cultural Center in Paris. Mal plays in his most comfortable format - trio,two other members are local musicians who will never record with Waldron again. Twenty-four years old bassist Patrice Caratini will play on Kenny Clarke's French-released album " Kenny "To Day"" in 1980 and will collaborate extensively on domestic jazz and world music recordings. Drummer Guy Hayat already played in mid 60s with Bud Powell. Anyway, lesser known Waldron's band members surprisingly fit well for lively live music.

Album opens with Waldron original "Down At The Gill's" - groovy rhythm section openly push Waldron piano ahead, at moments he sounds almost as playing early rock'n'roll theme on piano. Comparing with Waldron other recordings coming from the same time,where he usually plays mid-tempo well balanced repetitive rhythmic beats or slower tuneful songs,muscular "Down At The Gill's" sounds as stadium rock-hit.

Recording engineer Alain Gandolfi (future drummer and co-founder of funky-fusion Cortex band)has been obviously interested in upcoming proto-funk sound: Mal's piano sounds a bit flat but drums and especially double bass sound is very deep,rich and mixed on the front(common sound mix balance is really pleasant,with just few ultra-low frequencies deep lows,dangerous for acoustic system). "My Funny Valentine" sounds surprisingly warm and original at the beginning but probably lasts a bit too long, last quoter of twelve minute-composition isn't all interesting and sounds like trio continues playing just because can't decide how to finish the song.

Second of three album's Mal originals,"La Petite Africaine", is excellent example of Waldron as composer. Again,pushed ahead with bopish but extremely groovy rhythm section,it shows how great Mal music sounds when more flesh and blood are added.

Album's closer (and title song) has been already recorded by Mal earlier this year,but in solo piano version (released on "Tokyo Reverie" same year). This live version,played with muscular trio opens new colors of this great composition, Waldrom will return playing it again and again years and decades after.

In all,better than average Waldron album,one between his best recorded during early 70s. Original vinyl LP is collectable rarity (it was re-released on vinyl some years later in Japan). Fortunately,there are French and Japanese CD reissues available on market,so there are some more accessible ways to get this strong album for your collection.

MAL WALDRON Tokyo Reverie

Album · 1970 · Post Bop
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In early 1970 American pianist,already residing in Europe for some time,on the basis of his released album has been invited to visit Japan (by local Swing Journal company). On his first ever Japanese tour Mal spent two days (February 7 & 12) in studio in Tokyo where recorded some material.

Four songs,recorded by trio with domestic double bassist and drummer were soon after released as "Tokyo Bound" album. Eight compositions,recorded solo, has been released later same year as "Tokyo Reverie". Both albums didn't attract lot of attention but opened for Mal Japanese scene. He returned for next Japanese tour already next year and very soon became well known and popular pianist on Japanese mainstream scene.

"Tokyo Bound" has been reissued few times including CD edition (in 1990), "Tokyo Reverie"'s first issue became its last. No surprise that even many Waldron fans don't know it exists.

Speaking about music, "Tokyo Reverie" contains eight Waldron originals, mostly all up-tempo rhythmic post-bop pieces, quite unmemorable. The only exception is album's closer "Blood And Guts" which stays in Mal's repertoire for decades ahead.

On "...Reverie" Waldron plays in his almost in full adopted technique of repetitive beats and rhythm domination against virtuosity,complexity and soloing. This his formula as rule perfectly works when used with trio or bigger combo, but for piano solo album (especially on not all that strong material)its limitations are obvious.No surprise this album has bigger value for completionists than for music lovers. One still can find original Japanese vinyl in European auctions at as much price as 30 euro.

Interesting evidence of Waldron's early career in Japan,no any reasons to pay fortune though.

MAL WALDRON Spanish Bitch

Album · 1970 · Post Bop
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Almost a year after his first session for German ECM label,pianist Mal Waldron returned back to same Tonstudio Bauern in Ludwigsburg to record what should become his second album for ECM. Same trio format (with his regular Swiss bassist Isla Eckinger but new drummer Fred Braceful (as well American,based in Germany) instead of Clarence Becton), same musical concept - tight groovy tuneful compositions with some free solo insertions for bassist and drummer. As on Mal's ECM debut these insertions don't sound organic and are more tribute to free jazz fashion of the moment though.

Opener "Spanish Bitch" doesn't offer memorable tune and stays in memory more as not too successful combination between groovy trio's main theme and quite directionless (and long) bassist soloing. Second (and the last on side A)album's song is surprisingly "Eleanor Rigby". Released originally by "The Beatles" four years ago this composition still was one of most popular song around, trio makes it sound almost as r'n'b hit.

Side B opener,"Black Chant" is no-nonsense and more complex composition, here freer improvisation sounds much more organic and all trio play as one (quite heavyweight and rock-oriented drumming is probably again contribution to time's fashion and more a question of taste). Here one can find Waldron future music influences in transitional form."Black Chant" lasts more than ten minutes,some years later Mal will develop formula "one song per LP side" with tight tuneful compositions, sounding around twenty minutes each, two per album.

Fourth and last album song,"All That Funk",is up-tempo and really funky. Bassist Isla Eckinger got possibility to demonstrate his heavier (almost shredding) side on quite organically arranged soloing.In all, side B is less eclectic and works better,that side A on this release.

Surprisingly enough this material,initially recorded by ECM for their planned release,still same year has been released in Japan on Globe and never became ECM own album.

Not the best Mal Waldron release, it demonstrates well (together with ECM debut "Free At Last") musician's late 60s-early 70s musical priorities. Waldron is just one step to his favorite sound which he will demonstrate in full already after year or two and will continue playing in fact up to his death.

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