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Eric Dolphy: At Five Spot to Iron Man Revisited

Read "At Five Spot to Iron Man Revisited" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Riunire in un unico CD di quasi ottanta minuti due capolavori cosa determina? Un capolavoro al quadrato, ovviamente, ed è quanto avviene in questo album semplicemente maestoso, i cui primi tre brani riprendono il live inciso al Five Spot il 16 luglio 1961 dal quintetto da favola riunito per l'occasione da Eric Dolphy, all'epoca trentatreenne, il cui nome iniziava finalmente a circolare con una certa insistenza nel mondo del jazz anche al di là dei colleghi che già ne conoscevano ...

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Album Review

Mal Waldron / Steve Lacy: The Mighty Warriors

Read "The Mighty Warriors" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Mal Waldron and Steve Lacy first played together in 1958 at the Bowery neighborhood's Five Spot. Their association was long, if not necessarily prolific on record. Though their personal styles contrasted, they frequently existed in a parallel universe. Both expatriates lived in Paris, were predisposed to the avant-garde, and shared a deep appreciation for Thelonious Monk's music. They performed and recorded until 2002 when Waldron died. Barcelona-based Elemental Music Records acquired the previously unreleased recordings of Lacy and Waldron from ...

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Album Review

Mal Waldron - Steve Lacy: The Mighty Warriors

Read "The Mighty Warriors" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Producer/jazz detective Zev Feldman is still at it, ferreting out unreleased recordings from jazz giants of the past and releasing them with buffed-up sound quality and first-rate packaging. Long lost recordings from pianists Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Art Tatum and Ahmad Jamal have seen the light of the twenty-first century, thanks to Feldman, as has newly discovered music from trumpeter Chet Baker. Now it is pianist Mal Waldron (1925 -2002) and soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy's (1934 -2004) turn, with The ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Mal Waldron, Aymée Nuviola, Immanuel Wilkins, Grover Washington, Jr.

Read "Mal Waldron, Aymée Nuviola, Immanuel Wilkins, Grover Washington, Jr." reviewed by David Brown


This week, a soulful set with Washington, McCann and Spalding. Then some Monk by Monk and Lacy/Waldron followed by a short set of Immanuel Wilkins old and new. We will also check out recent releases by Mat Maneri Quartet and Miho Hazama, and more. Old, new, in, out... wherever the music takes us. Each week, we will explore the elements of jazz from a historical perspective. Playlist Thelonious Monk “Esistrophy (Theme)" from Live at the It Club-Complete (Columbia) ...

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Album Review

Mal Waldron: Free At Last

Read "Free At Last" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The sensitivity reflected in much of Mal Waldron's music was a deep aspect of his psyche. The Harlem-born pianist, who died in Brussels, Belgium, in 2002, worked downtown with saxophonist Ike Quebec at Café Society in the early 1950s and went on to record on several Charles Mingus recordings including Pithecanthropus Erectus (Atlantic), Jazz Composers Workshop (Savoy Records), and Mingus At The Bohemia (Debut Records), all released in 1956. Waldron was not at home with Mingus' style of composing and ...

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David Murray - Mal Waldron: Silence

Read "Silence" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Silence ha una doppia valenza estetica ed emotiva, poiché costituisce l’ultima incisione di Waldron, scomparso nel 2002. Al suo fianco David Murray, per un felice connubio giocato su un moto avvolgente ricco di strutture articolate, di guizzi e sorprese. Tensione e distensione, magma e distesa melodia in un affascinante gioco di scatole cinesi. È questa la scansione dominante di un solido pendolo musicale, contrassegnato da energia e sincere esigenze artistiche. Un incontro tra fuoriclasse, che ben combina il fraseggio aspro ...

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Album Review

Mal Waldron: One More Time

Read "One More Time" reviewed by Mike Neely


One More Time is an intimate portrait of two neglected masters with a third master, Steve Lacy, stepping in to add his low-key tip of the hat. Mal Waldron and Jean-Jacques Avenel are the focus of this release that serves as a tribute to Waldron, one of jazz's most versatile pianists who died in 2002. The highlights of Waldron's career are striking by any standard. Many of his recordings with Charles Mingus, Billie Holiday, Eric Dolphy, and Steve ...


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