Mal/2 Prestige 7111

Mal/2 Prestige 7111

by Mal Waldron


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Mal/2 Prestige 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.) Solo highlights include McLean's keenly constructed solo on Waldron's "J.M.'s Dream Doll" (dedicated to the alto saxophonist and his wife) and Sulieman's incredibly rich and supple trumpet work on "One by One." For his part, Coltrane is in good form throughout, save for a few sour notes and some faltering solos; at this time Coltrane was still coming into his own and a few years shy of the masterful hard bop sides he would record for Atlantic. Waldron here leads a potent crew on an engaging and original set of arrangements. A cut above many of the relatively straightforward and blues-based hard bop dates of the time.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/01/1991
Label: Ojc
UPC: 0025218667128
catalogNumber: 671
Rank: 72497

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mal Waldron   Primary Artist,Piano,Track Performer
Bill Hardman   Trumpet
Art Taylor   Drums
Ed Thigpen   Drums
John Coltrane   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Julian Euell   Bass
Jackie McLean   Alto Saxophone
Sahib Shihab   Alto Saxophone
Idrees Sulieman   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Bill Hardman   Contributor
Art Taylor   Contributor
Mal Waldron   Composer
Ed Thigpen   Contributor
John Coltrane   Contributor
Julian Euell   Contributor
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Ira Gitler   Liner Notes
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Jackie McLean   Contributor
Cole Porter   Composer
Sahib Shihab   Contributor
Idrees Sulieman   Contributor

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