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Ron Carter, Eric Dolphy & Mal Waldron - Where? (Original Jazz Classics Series) (Remastered) (1961/2024)

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Ron Carter, Eric Dolphy & Mal Waldron - Where? (Original Jazz Classics Series) (Remastered) (1961/2024)

Ron Carter, Eric Dolphy & Mal Waldron - Where? (Original Jazz Classics Series) (Remastered) (1961/2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 211 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 83 Mb | 00:36:05
Jazz, Hard Bop, Third Stream | Label: Craft Recordings

Bass player Ron Carter’s debut album Where? features Eric Dolphy (clarinet, sax, flute) and Mal Waldron (piano). The album was originally released in 1961 having been recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studios in New Jersey. This reissue features remastered audio from the original master tapes and is available on 192/24 hi res digital.

Mal Waldron - Searching in Grenoble: The 1978 Solo Piano Concert (2022)

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Mal Waldron - Searching in Grenoble: The 1978 Solo Piano Concert (2022)

Mal Waldron - Searching in Grenoble: The 1978 Solo Piano Concert (2022)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 501 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 243 MB | Covers - 27 MB
Genre: Jazz, Piano Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Tompkins Square (TSQ 5906)

When Mal Waldron died in 2002, he was known to most jazz fans as Billie Holiday's final accompanist, and the composer of the standards "Soul Eyes," "Left Alone," and "Straight Ahead," the latter with Abbey Lincoln. His most significant leader date was 1961's The Quest, with Eric Dolphy and Booker Ervin on Prestige, where he served as house pianist. After suffering a total breakdown following a near-fatal heroin overdose in 1963, he was forced to relearn the piano. He left for Europe in early 1966, and his "second life" began. Waldron's many solo recordings, beginning with 1966's All Alone, are tantamount to the creation of a different jazz language. Its traits were angular, quizzical repetitive left-hand vamps and chords, underscored and appended by inquisitive harmonic inquiries on the right, drawn chiefly from the blues but also the jazz tradition and classical music from Chopin to Schoenberg…

Abbey Lincoln - Straight Ahead (1961) Reissue 1990

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Abbey Lincoln - Straight Ahead (1961) Reissue 1990

Abbey Lincoln - Straight Ahead (1961) Reissue 1990
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 218 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 95 Mb | Scans included
Vocal Jazz, Post-Bop | Label: Candid | # CCD 79015 | Time: 00:39:13

Reissued several times since it originally came out on a Candid LP, this is one of Abbey Lincoln's greatest recordings. It is a testament to the credibility of her very honest music (and her talents) that Lincoln's sidemen on this date include the immortal tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins (who takes a memorable solo on "Blue Monk"), Eric Dolphy on flute and alto, trumpeter Booker Little (whose melancholy tone is very important in the ensembles), pianist Mal Waldron, and drummer Max Roach. Highpoints include "When Malindy Sings," "Blue Monk," Billie Holiday's "Left Alone," and "African Lady".

Mal Waldron - Soul Eyes: The Mal Waldron Memorial Album [Recorded 1955-1962] (2003)

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Mal Waldron - Soul Eyes: The Mal Waldron Memorial Album [Recorded 1955-1962] (2003)

Mal Waldron - Soul Eyes: The Mal Waldron Memorial Album [Recorded 1955-1962] (2003)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 444 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 183 MB | Covers - 30 MB
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop, Hard Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Prestige Records (PRCD-11024-2)

Mal Waldron was a remarkably versatile piano player, able to work in many different contexts, from Billie Holiday to Eric Dolphy. This ability made him invaluable as musical director for Prestige Records, where the recording dates were often little more than jam sessions. Soul Eyes: The Mal Waldron Memorial Album collects 11 tracks, recorded between 1955 and 1962, that Waldron played on and/or led, including a mammoth version of the title cut, featuring John Coltrane, Kenny Burrell, Paul Chambers, and others, that clocks in at 17-plus minutes. Although all the cuts have been previously released (not always under Waldron's name), it's nice to have this overview of one of his most fertile periods.

Mal Waldron - Searching in Grenoble: The 1978 Solo Piano Concert (2022)

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Mal Waldron - Searching in Grenoble: The 1978 Solo Piano Concert (2022)

Mal Waldron - Searching in Grenoble: The 1978 Solo Piano Concert (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 490 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 238 Mb | 01:43:22
Piano Jazz | Label: Tompkins Square Records

Searching In Grenoble: The 1978 Solo Piano Concert is a previously unissued recording of jazz icon Mal Waldron's mesmerizing performance at the "Five Days of Jazz" series in Grenoble, France on March 23, 1978.

Mal Waldron - Mal/3 Sounds (1958) [Reissue 1992]

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Mal Waldron - Mal/3 Sounds (1958) [Reissue 1992]

Mal Waldron - Mal/3 Sounds (1958) [Reissue 1992]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 207 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 91 MB | Covers - 3 MB
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Post-Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: OJC/Prestige/New Jazz Records (OJCCD-1814-2 (NJ-8201))

This is an unusual set by pianist Mal Waldron. He utilizes a sextet with trumpeter Art Farmer, flutist Eric Dixon, cellist Calo Scott, bassist Julian Euell and drummer Elvin Jones on three of his picturesque originals and his wife Elaine Waldron contributes vocals to the wordless "Portrait of a Young Mother" and Harold Arlen's "For Every Man There's a Woman." The music is not essential but holds one's interest throughout the straight CD reissue of the original LP.

Mal Waldron - Update (1987)

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Mal Waldron - Update (1987)

Mal Waldron - Update (1987)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 231 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 134 MB | Covers - 4 MB
Genre: Piano Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Soul Note (121 130-02)

This solo set by pianist Mal Waldron serves as a perfect introduction to his unique style during the more recent part of his career. Waldron performs four standards (including "Night In Tunisia" and "I Should Care") which show off his roots, but most significant are his lengthy "Free For C.T." and "Variations On A Theme By Cecil Taylor." It is always very interesting to hear musicians who started out in straightforward hard bop stretching themselves and playing quite freely. This recording rewards repeated listenings.

Mal Waldron Quintet - Mal-1 (1957) [Reissue 1991]

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Mal Waldron Quintet - Mal-1 (1957) [Reissue 1991]

Mal Waldron Quintet - Mal-1 (1957) [Reissue 1991]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 187 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 89 MB | Covers - 7 MB
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Post-Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: OJC/Prestige (OJCCD-611-2 (P-7090))

Mal Waldron's recording debut as a leader presents the pianist with his many gifts already well developed. For the 1956 quartet date, he takes charge to strike a balance between the sound of a blowing session and the refinement of a more polished date. The spontaneity is there, but the set also benefits from Waldron's thoughtful charts. At this stage of his development, Waldron was a distinctive bop pianist whose occasional sputtering, knotty phrasing revealed the acknowledged influence of Thelonious Monk, as well as similarities with contemporaries Al Haig and Bud Powell. For this set, though, the focus is not on Waldron's playing, but on his ability to lead from the piano bench…

Mal Waldron - On Steinway (1972) {2005 Fuel 2000/Varèse Sarabande}

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Mal Waldron - On Steinway (1972) {2005 Fuel 2000/Varèse Sarabande}

Mal Waldron - On Steinway (1972) {2005 Fuel 2000/Varèse Sarabande}
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and log | scans | 141 mb
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 94 mb
Genre: jazz

On Steinway is a 1972 album by pianist Mal Waldron. Originally a Japanese release, this is the 2005 remaster reissued by Fuel 2000 via Varèse Sarabande.

Mal Waldron - Mal/2 (1957) [Reissue 1991]

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Mal Waldron - Mal/2 (1957) [Reissue 1991]

Mal Waldron - Mal-2 (1957) [Reissue 1991]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 360 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 164 MB | Covers (6 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Post-Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: OJC/Prestige Records (OJCCD-671-2 (P-7111))

Before becoming an expatriate in 1965 and eventually settling in Munich, pianist Mal Waldron cut several stateside hard bop albums full of his idiosyncratic and Monk-ish piano work, and featuring choice contributions by some of the music's finest. For this 1957 date, Waldron worked with a stellar sextet interchangeably manned by John Coltrane, Jackie McLean, Idrees Sulieman, Art Taylor, and others. Bookended by the pianist's ebullient "Potpourri" and the avant-noir blues "One by One," the set also includes a fetching cover of Cole Porter's "From This Moment On" and a beautifully complex arrangement of Billie Holiday's "Don't Explain." (Waldron was Holiday's accompanist for the last two years of the singer's life until her death in 1959)…

Mal Mal Waldron, Richard Davis, Eddie Blackwell, Donald Harrison, Terence Blanchard - Fire Waltz (1988)

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Mal Mal Waldron, Richard Davis, Eddie Blackwell, Donald Harrison, Terence Blanchard - Fire Waltz (1988)

Mal Waldron, Richard Davis, Eddie Blackwell, Donald Harrison, Terence Blanchard - Fire Waltz (Eric Dolphy & Booker Little Remembered Vol. II) (1988)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 307 MB | Covers - 48 MB
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: King Records (CDJ 681)

Terence Blanchard and Donald Harrison continued their homage to the Eric Dolphy/Booker Little duo with a second set of performances recorded at Sweet Basil. They featured "Fire Waltz" and "Bee Vamp," two more tunes the duo immortalized during their Five Spot performances. Their versions are well-intentioned, frequently exciting, and superbly played. But they are not transcendent for the simple reason that Harrison lacks Dolphy's fluency on either alto sax or bass clarinet, and Blanchard does not possess Little's command of the upper register or his embouchure. That is not a knock; they certainly clicked with the rhythm section of pianist Mal Waldron, bassist Richard Davis, and drummer Ed Blackwell, who did play on the originals. Both of these volumes are highly recommended, but if you have not heard the originals, do whatever it takes to get them.

Thad Jones, Frank Wess, Teddy Charles, Mal Waldron, Doug Watkins, Elvin Jones - Olio (1957) [Reissue 1999]

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Thad Jones, Frank Wess, Teddy Charles, Mal Waldron, Doug Watkins, Elvin Jones - Olio (1957) [Reissue 1999]

Thad Jones, Frank Wess, Teddy Charles, Mal Waldron, Doug Watkins, Elvin Jones - Olio (1957) [Reissue 1999]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 216 MB | Covers (15 MB) included
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: OJC/Prestige (OJCCD-1004-2)

Trumpeter Thad Jones receives first billing on this all-star outing, but vibraphonist Teddy Charles, who contributed three of the six selections (two of the other songs are by pianist Mal Waldron, while the lone standard is "Embraceable You") was really the musical director. Jones, Charles, and Waldron are joined by Frank Wess (doubling on tenor and flute), bassist Doug Watkins, and drummer Elvin Jones for a set of modern hard bop. Although this was not a regular group and there is not an obvious leader, the music is on a higher level than that of a routine jam session. The challenging material and the high quality playing of the young greats makes this fairly obscure modern mainstream set well worth exploring.

Mal Waldron - Left Alone (1959) [Reissue 2000]

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Mal Waldron - Left Alone (1959) [Reissue 2000]

Mal Waldron - Left Alone (1959) [Reissue 2000]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 207 MB | Covers (11 MB) included
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Avenue Jazz (R2 79854)

Pianist-composer Mal Waldron worked as Billie Holiday's accompanist from 1957 until her death in 1959, and there are few musicians who could record as moving a tribute to the great singer. Though the CD gives a 1957 recording date, this was actually recorded around the time of Holiday's death, with a concluding conversation in which Waldron discusses Holiday and the recording. "Left Alone," a song composed by Waldron to Holiday's lyric, adds altoist Jackie McLean to the pianist's trio for an acid-etched ballad that has the somber longing of Holiday's own late performances. The equally powerful "You Don't Know What Love Is," strongly associated with Holiday, concludes with a profound sense of resolve. The other tracks are the kind of trio material that Waldron played during the years he backed Holiday…