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Mal Waldron - Winner, Best Previously Unreleased Album, Académie Du Jazz


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The Académie du Jazz is the oldest and most respected jazz institution in France, created in 1954. Their electoral college is made up of 60 independent journalists, photographers, writers, radio presenters, club owners and festival organizers.

They give out awards in 11 categories, and Tompkins Square's Mal Waldron set, Searching in Grenoble : The 1978 Solo Piano Concert WON Best Previously Unreleased Album.

March 23rd marks the 45th anniversary of this recording.

Praise for Searching in Grenoble: The 1978 Solo Piano Concert

“Searching in Grenoble illustrates the maturity, depth, and detail in Waldron's musical language to full effect in excellent sound."

★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2, All Music

“The late former Billie Holiday pianist is in his flintily percussive, stubbornly Monk-like prime" —The Guardian

“Finely crafted and expressive, however darkly, as hell" —Bandcamp Album of the Day

“A profound work that captures some of his most exploratory playing" —Washington Post

“A newly unearthed treasure of the late pianist at his most probing" —Tracking Angle (10/10, Music)

“Rock threw up new choices beyond bop that suited Waldron well. This newly issued concert gives us a much darker more atmospheric ambiance where motion is oblique and where the 'covers' are mostly Waldron’s own, made to his own structural specs.” —Downbeat

“A good introduction to the pianist's compelling sound... a pianist as consistent as he was unique." —NPR Fresh Air

“Music that casts a mesmerizing spell, documenting a piano master at the height of his powers yet still in the midst of artistic transformation" —Wall Street Journal

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