Mal/4

Mal Waldron

Mal4
  • CAT # OJCCD-1856-2

    1. Splidium-dow 5:20
    2. Like Someone In Love 4:55
    3. Get Happy 7:51
    4. J.m.'s Dream Doll 8:37
    5. Too Close For Comfort 6:44
    6. By Myself 3:43
    7. Love Span 5:11

Prior to this 1958 session, Mal Waldron’s fourth as a leader and first in a trio context, the New York-born pianist was better known as a composer than as a soloist, but work during that period as Billie Holiday’s accompanist gave new scope to his music. “The Holiday-Waldron combination,” annotator Jack Maher observed, “has provided Mal with a large repertoire of tunes and has sharpened and enlarged his concept of playing.” Critic John Tynan agreed, writing in Down Beat that “his keyboard touch is crisp and sure; the tonal patterns, passing figures, and arpeggios fall from his fingers like chestnuts at picking time.” The album contains three Waldron originals and four standards.

with Addison Farmer, Kenny Dennis

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