Personnel: Mal Waldron (piano); Gigi Gryce (alto saxophone); Idrees Sulieman (trumpet); Julian Euell (bass); Arthur Edgehill (drums).
Recorded in Hackensack, New Jersey on November 9, 1956. Originally released on Prestige (7090).
Digitally remastered from the original analog master tapes by Phil De Lancie (1991, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley).
This 1956 release was the first of Waldron's four "Mal" titles (MAL-1, MAL-2, MAL-3, and MAL-4). At the time of these recordings Waldron was working as Billie Holiday's accompanist--he was her piano player for the last two years of her life, and, like the legendary singer, he uses dramatic understatement rather than overt flash.
This set is a mix of originals and standards. Jerome Kern's "Yesterdays" is stripped to its core components, with the bass setting the pulse, as a solo trumpet starts the melody, slowly joined by sax and finally the whole ensemble. "Bud Study" is a perfect encapsulation of Waldron's distinctive writing style--bracing chordal structures with slyly inventive and darkly evocative melodies. The quintet includes the underrated Gigi Gryce on alto saxophone and Idrees Sulieman on trumpet. The latter also wrote the set's closing "Shome," a fine slice of late-period bebop.

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Personnel: Mal Waldron (piano); Gigi Gryce (alto saxophone); Idrees Sulieman (trumpet); Julian Euell (bass); Arthur Edgehill (drums).
Recorded in Hackensack, New Jersey on November 9, 1956. Originally released on Prestige (7090).
Digitally remastered from the original analog master tapes by Phil De Lancie (1991, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley).
This 1956 release was the first of Waldron's four "Mal" titles (MAL-1, MAL-2, MAL-3, and MAL-4). At the time of these recordings Waldron was working as Billie Holiday's accompanist--he was her piano player for the last two years of her life, and, like the legendary singer, he uses dramatic understatement rather than overt flash.
This set is a mix of originals and standards. Jerome Kern's "Yesterdays" is stripped to its core components, with the bass setting the pulse, as a solo trumpet starts the melody, slowly joined by sax and finally the whole ensemble. "Bud Study" is a perfect encapsulation of Waldron's distinctive writing style--bracing chordal structures with slyly inventive and darkly evocative melodies. The quintet includes the underrated Gigi Gryce on alto saxophone and Idrees Sulieman on trumpet. The latter also wrote the set's closing "Shome," a fine slice of late-period bebop.

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Personnel: Mal Waldron (piano); Gigi Gryce (alto saxophone); Idrees Sulieman (trumpet); Julian Euell (bass); Arthur Edgehill (drums).Recorded in Hackensack, New Jersey on November 9, 1956. Originally released on Prestige (7090).Digitally remastered from the original analog mas
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Personnel: Mal Waldron (piano); Gigi Gryce (alto saxophone); Idrees Sulieman (trumpet); Julian Euell (bass); Arthur Edgehill (drums).Recorded in Hackensack, New Jersey on November 9, 1956. Originally released on Prestige (7090).Digitally remastered from the original analog mas
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