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Mal Waldron made his professional debut as a jazz musician alongside Ike Quebec in New York in 1952. The pair began a six month Monday night residency at the city's Cafe Society Downtown club, a gig which greatly increasing the profile of the young pianist. With offers of work now coming in more frequently, Waldron joined the band of Charles Mingus, making his recording debut on Jazz Composers Workshop and holding his position in the band for the next two years. He would appear on some of Mingus' most important albums, including the 1956 release Pithecanthropus Erectus, a post-bop masterpiece that was considered one of the most vital works in the creation of freer forms of jazz. Around this time he also formed his own band consisting of Idrees Sulieman on trumpet, Gigi Gryce on alto saxophone, bassist Julian Euell and drummer Arthur Edgehill, with whom he released his first album as bandleader, Mal-1. Having been introduced to Prestige by former colleague Jackie McLean, Waldron would become the label's house pianist and appear on numerous recordings in the Prestige All Stars series, a sequence of albums featuring other jazz greats signed to the label, including John Coltrane, Kenny Burrell, Paul Chambers and Art Taylor. The series would include the album Interplay for 2 Trumpets and 2 Tenors, which contained the first recording of 'Soul Eyes,' Waldron's most famous composition which would go on to become a jazz standard. 1957 would also see the release of Waldron's second albums as bandleader, Mal/2, which received much critical acclaim; the album featured appearances from John Coltrane, Jackie McLean and Art Taylor.
Mal Waldron made his professional debut as a jazz musician alongside Ike Quebec in New York in 1952. The pair began a six month Monday night residency at the city's Cafe Society Downtown club, a gig which greatly increasing the profile of the young pianist. With offers of work now coming in more frequently, Waldron joined the band of Charles Mingus, making his recording debut on Jazz Composers Workshop and holding his position in the band for the next two years. He would appear on some of Mingus' most important albums, including the 1956 release Pithecanthropus Erectus, a post-bop masterpiece that was considered one of the most vital works in the creation of freer forms of jazz. Around this time he also formed his own band consisting of Idrees Sulieman on trumpet, Gigi Gryce on alto saxophone, bassist Julian Euell and drummer Arthur Edgehill, with whom he released his first album as bandleader, Mal-1. Having been introduced to Prestige by former colleague Jackie McLean, Waldron would become the label's house pianist and appear on numerous recordings in the Prestige All Stars series, a sequence of albums featuring other jazz greats signed to the label, including John Coltrane, Kenny Burrell, Paul Chambers and Art Taylor. The series would include the album Interplay for 2 Trumpets and 2 Tenors, which contained the first recording of 'Soul Eyes,' Waldron's most famous composition which would go on to become a jazz standard. 1957 would also see the release of Waldron's second albums as bandleader, Mal/2, which received much critical acclaim; the album featured appearances from John Coltrane, Jackie McLean and Art Taylor.
823564672823

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Format: CD
Label: ENLT
Rel. Date: 03/11/2016
UPC: 823564672823

Recordings 1956-1957
Artist: Mal Waldron
Format: CD
New: Available $15.98
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Formats and Editions

DISC: 1

1. Steamin'
2. Blue Jelly
3. Count One
4. Empty Street
5. Take Three Parts Jazz
6. Meta-Waltz
7. Dear Elaine
8. Friday the 13th
9. Tension 1
10. Ollie's Caravan 1
11. The Cattin' Toddler 1
12. Portrait of a Young Mother 1
13. For Every Man There's a Woman 1
14. Splidium-Dow 1
15. Like Someone in Love 1
16. Get Happy 1
17. J.M.'s Dream Doll 1
18. Too Close for Comfort 1
19. By Myself 2
20. Love Span 2
21. Minor Groove 2
22. Blue Echo 2
23. Blue Dip 2
24. Gospel Truth 2
25. Jumpin with Symphony Sid 2
26. Trinidad 2
27. Left Alone 2
28. Catwalk 2
29. You Don't Know What Love Is 3
30. Minor Pulsation 3
31. Airegin 3
32. Champs Elysees 3
33. All About Us 3
34. Ciao! 3
35. All the Way 3
36. With a Song in My Heart 3
37. You Stepped Out of a Dream 3
38. C'est Formidable 3
39. Status Seeking 4
40. Duquility 4
41. Thirteen 4
42. We Diddit 4
43. Warm Canto 4
44. Warp and Woof 4
45. Fire Waltz

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Mal Waldron made his professional debut as a jazz musician alongside Ike Quebec in New York in 1952. The pair began a six month Monday night residency at the city's Cafe Society Downtown club, a gig which greatly increasing the profile of the young pianist. With offers of work now coming in more frequently, Waldron joined the band of Charles Mingus, making his recording debut on Jazz Composers Workshop and holding his position in the band for the next two years. He would appear on some of Mingus' most important albums, including the 1956 release Pithecanthropus Erectus, a post-bop masterpiece that was considered one of the most vital works in the creation of freer forms of jazz. Around this time he also formed his own band consisting of Idrees Sulieman on trumpet, Gigi Gryce on alto saxophone, bassist Julian Euell and drummer Arthur Edgehill, with whom he released his first album as bandleader, Mal-1. Having been introduced to Prestige by former colleague Jackie McLean, Waldron would become the label's house pianist and appear on numerous recordings in the Prestige All Stars series, a sequence of albums featuring other jazz greats signed to the label, including John Coltrane, Kenny Burrell, Paul Chambers and Art Taylor. The series would include the album Interplay for 2 Trumpets and 2 Tenors, which contained the first recording of 'Soul Eyes,' Waldron's most famous composition which would go on to become a jazz standard. 1957 would also see the release of Waldron's second albums as bandleader, Mal/2, which received much critical acclaim; the album featured appearances from John Coltrane, Jackie McLean and Art Taylor.
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