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Mal Waldron

p, 1925-2002 US, New York City
Singer / Musician / Composer / Arranger of Jazz
A.k.a. Malcolm Earl Waldron

Malcolm Earl "Mal" Waldron (August 16, 1925 – December 2, 2002) was an American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger. He started playing professionally in New York in 1950, after graduating from university. In the following dozen years or so Waldron led his own bands and played for those led by Charles Mingus, Jackie McLean, John Coltrane, and Eric Dolphy, among others. During Waldron's period as house pianist for Prestige Records in the late 1950s, he appeared on dozens of albums and composed for many of them, including writing his most famous song, "Soul Eyes", for Coltrane. Waldron was often an accompanist for vocalists, and was Billie Holiday's regular accompanist from April 1957 until her death in July 1959.

        
Genres
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Soundtrack
Popular Tracks   
All Alone on All Alone by Mal Waldron
Warm Canto on The Quest by Mal Waldron
I'll Close My Eyes on 2 Guitars by Kenny Burrell & Jimmy Raney
Left Alone on Cat Walk by Mal Waldron
Fire Waltz - Live on The Quest by Mal Waldron
Cat Walk on Cat Walk by Mal Waldron
A View of S. Luca on All Alone by Mal Waldron
Modal-Air on Modal-Air by Mal Waldron
Up Popped the Devil on Up Popped the Devil by Mal Waldron, Billy Higgins & Reggie Workman
Duquility on The Quest by Mal Waldron

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Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Live At Centro Jazz St. LouisMal Waldron, Johnny Dyani2017Album
Jazz Jamboree '66 Volume 01Mal Waldron • Karin Krog • Jan Garbarek • Kurt Lindgren2017Album
Solo Piano (Live In Vancouver, 1980)Mal Waldron2017Album
The Complete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint & Soul Note. Volume 2Mal Waldron2016Album
Mal '81 & News: Run About MalMal Waldron2015Compil.
And AloneMal Waldron2015Album
The Dealers / The Complete SessionsJohn Coltrane With Mal Waldron2014Compil.
Seven Classic AlbumsMal Waldron2013Compil.
Where? + The QuestEric Dolphy With Mal Waldron & Ron Carter2012Compil.
SilenceDavid Murray, Mal Waldron2008Album
Remembering MalDavid Friesen, Mal Waldron2006Album
29.6.73 In HamburgEmbryo & Mal Waldron & Charlie Mariano2003Album
The Mal Waldron Memorial AlbumMal Waldron2003Compil.
Maturity 3: DualMal Waldron2003Album
Mal WaldronMal Waldron2003Album
Riding A ZephyrJudi Silvano & Mal Waldron2002Album
One More TimeMal Waldron / Jean-Jacques Avenel / Steve Lacy2002Album
Left Alone RevisitedArchie Shepp & Mal Waldron2002Album
Some Jive Ass Boer "Live At Jazz Unité"Johnny Dyani, Mal Waldron2001Album
For EvaEmbryo With Mal Waldron Featuring Christian Burchard2000Album
Explorations... To The Mth DegreeMax Roach - Mal Waldron1999Album
Interpretations Of Monk Vol. 2Anthony Davis, Mal Waldron1998Album
BitTakeo Moriyama, Mal Waldron1998Album
Devils And HymnsMal Waldron1997Compil.
Travellin' In Soul-TimeMal Waldron, Jeanne Lee & Toru Tenda1997Album
The Courage To Listen To Your HeartSangoma Everett, Chico Freeman, Mal Waldron, Cecil McBee1997Album
Soul EyesMal Waldron1997Album
Black Spirits Are Here AgainRoberto Ottaviano & Mal Waldron1996Album
History Of Jazz Vol.8Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Mal Waldron, Barney Kessel, Dexter Gordon, Charles Mingus, Wardell Gray, Kenny Clarke, Hampton Hawes1996Compil.
OlioThad Jones - Frank Wess - Teddy Charles - Mal Waldron - Doug Watkins - Elvin Jones1996Album
DualMal Waldron & Takeo Moriyama1996Album
White Road Black RainMal Waldron, Jeanne Lee, Toru Tenda1995Album
Mingus, Monk & MalJudy Niemack / Mal Waldron1995Album
Two NewMal Waldron / George Haslam1995Album
My Dear FamilyMal Waldron1994Album
Remembering The MomentDavid Friesen / Eddie Moore / Jim Pepper / Julian Priester / Mal Waldron1994Album
Waldron - HaslamMal Waldron / George Haslam1994Album
Le Matin D'Un FauveMal Waldron, Michel Marre, Doudou Gouirand1994Album
After HoursJeanne Lee - Mal Waldron1994Album
Live At The DreherRoy Burrowes Sextet Featuring Mal Waldron1993Album
Blues For Lady DayMal Waldron1993Compil.
Up And DownChico Freeman - Mal Waldron Featuring Tiziana Ghiglioni1992Album
Mingus At The Bohemia, Vol. 1Charles Mingus Featuring Eddie Bert, Mal Waldron, George Barrow, Willie Jones1992Single
I'll Be AroundTiziana Ghiglioni / Enrico Rava / Mal Waldron1991Album
Where Are You?Cristina Mazza, Mal Waldron, Reggie Workman1991Album
EvidenceMal Waldron1991Album
The Best Of Teo MaceroTeo Macero Featuring Art Farmer, Bill Evans + Lee Konitz, Ed Shaughnessy, Mal Waldron + Al Cohn, Charles Mingus, Eddie Bert + Phil Woods, Frank Rehak, Clark Terry + Eddie Costa, Pepper Adams1990Compil.
Duo, Quartett, SoloMal Waldron - Christian Burchard1990Album
French StoryBarney Wilen With Mal Waldron1990Album
Live At De KaveThierry Bruneau 4tet Featuring Mal Waldron1990Album
Art Of The DuoMal Waldron, Jim Pepper1989Album
Much More !Mal Waldron / Marion Brown1989Album
FlakesTiziana Simona, Mal Waldron1989Album
Mal WaldronMal Waldron1989Compil.
The Lausanne ConcertRené Bottlang / Mal Waldron1988Album
DedicationMal Waldron / David Friesen1988Album
Left Alone '86Mal Waldron / Jackie McLean1987Album
Eric Dolphy & Booker Little Remembered Live At Sweet Basil Vol. IIMal Waldron, Richard Davis, Ed Blackwell, Donald Harrison, Terence Blanchard1987Album
Songs Of Love And RegretMal Waldron / Marion Brown1987Album
UpdateMal Waldron1987Album
Both Sides NowMal Waldron1987Album
Eric Dolphy & Booker Little Remembered Live At Sweet BasilMal Waldron, Richard Davis, Ed Blackwell, Donald Harrison, Terence Blanchard1987Album
Three For FreedomTchangodei - Archie Shepp, Mal Waldron1987Album
SpaceMal Waldron / Doudou Gouirand / Michel Marre1986Album
Piano Duo Live At Pit InnMal Waldron & Yosuke Yamashita1986Album
Left Alone '86Mal Waldron ・ Jackie McLean1986Album
EncountersMal Waldron, David Friesen1985Album
DuoSumiko Yoseyama, Mal Waldron1985Album
Since You've GoneFemi Bellomo Feat. Mal Waldron1985Album
Plays Eric SatieMal Waldron1984Album
You And The Night And The Music (Mal '84)Mal Waldron1984Album
You And The Night And The Music (Mal '84)Mal Waldron1984Album
One Entrance, Many ExitsMal Waldron1983Album
Breaking New GroundMal Waldron1983Album
Another StepKazutoki Umezu / Mal Waldron1982Album
In RetrospectMal Waldron1982Album
After HoursThad Jones, Kenny Burrell, Frank Wess, Mal Waldron, Paul Chambers, Art Taylor, Teddy Charles, Doug Watkins, Elvin Jones1982Compil.
What It IsMal Waldron, Clifford Jordan, Cecil McBee, Dannie Richmond1981Album
Number NineteenMal Waldron1979Album
Mingus LivesMal Waldron1979Album
MoodsMal Waldron1978Album
Makin' WhoopeeMal Waldron1978Album
Fools Rush InMal Waldron1978Album
Wheelin'John Coltrane Featuring Paul Quinichette And Mal Waldron1977Compil.
SignalsMal Waldron1977Album
Like Old TimesMal Waldron • Jackie McLean1976Album
One And TwoMal Waldron1976Compil.
Jazz A Confronto 19Mal Waldron1975Album
Candy GirlMal Waldron1975Album
A Little Bit Of MilesMal Waldron1974Album
Up Popped The DevilMal Waldron1974Album
Left Alone - Mal Waldron Live 1Mal Waldron1974Album
On SteinwayMal Waldron1973Album
Reminicent SuiteMal Waldron, Terumasa Hino1973Album
Blues For Lady DayMal Waldron1973Album
Mal Waldron With The Steve Lacy QuintetMal Waldron With Steve Lacy Quintet1972Album
MeditationsMal Waldron1972Album
A Touch Of The BluesMal Waldron1972Album
The Whirling DervishMal Waldron1972Album
Plays The Blues - Live At The DomicileMal Waldron1971Album
One For LadyKimiko Kasai, Mal Waldron1971Album
Mal Waldron Live All AloneMal Waldron1971Album
Mal: Live 4 To 1Mal Waldron1971Album
First EncounterMal Waldron & Gary Peacock1971Album
The CallMal Waldron, Jimmy Jackson, Eberhard Weber, Fred Braceful1971Album
Black GloryMal Waldron1971Album
Skippin'Sonny Grey With Alain Hatot, Mal Waldron, Gus Nemeth And Kenny Clarke1971Album
Left AloneKimiko Kasai & Mal Waldron1971Single
Spanish BitchMal Waldron1970Album
The OpeningMal Waldron1970Album
Tokyo BoundMal Waldron1970Album
Tokyo ReverieMal Waldron1970Album
Sweet Love, BitterMal Waldron1967Album
All AloneMal Waldron1966Album
Body & SoulDonald Byrd · Kenny Burrell · Frank Foster · Hank Mobley · Mal Waldron · Curtis Fuller · Paul Quinichette · Hank Jones, The Prestige All Stars1965Album
The DealersMal Waldron With John Coltrane / Jackie McLean / Paul Quinichette / Frank Wess1965Album
Trois Chambres à ManhattanMartial Solal, Mal Waldron1965Single
Jazz InterplayJohn Coltrane / Kenny Burrell / Jackie McLean / Mal Waldron1964Compil.
Les Nuits De La NegritudeMal Waldron1963Album
The QuestMal Waldron With Eric Dolphy And Booker Ervin1962Album
Ping Pong Beer / November Afternoon"Philly" Joe Jones - Pepper Adams - Donald Byrd - Bill Evans - Paul Chambers - Ed Shaughnessy - Booker Little - Mal Waldron1961Single
Where?Ron Carter With Eric Dolphy, Mal Waldron1961Album
Left AloneMal Waldron1960Album
Golden Mal WaldronMal Waldron1960Album
Coolin'Teddy Charles - Idrees Sulieman - John Jenkins - Mal Waldron1959Album
Mal/4 TrioMal Waldron1958Album
Mal/3 SoundsMal Waldron1958Album
OlioThad Jones - Frank Wess - Teddy Charles - Mal Waldron - Doug Watkins - Elvin Jones1958Single
Just Wailin'Herbie Mann, Charlie Rouse, Kenny Burrell, Mal Waldron1958Album
OlioThad Jones - Frank Wess - Teddy Charles - Mal Waldron - Doug Watkins - Elvin Jones, The Prestige All Stars1957Album
After HoursThad Jones / Kenny Burrell / Frank Wess / Mal Waldron / Paul Chambers / Art Taylor1957Album
Mal/2Mal Waldron With Jackie McLean, John Coltrane, Idrees Sulieman, Sahib Shihab1957Album
Wheelin' & Dealin'Frank Wess, John Coltrane, Paul Quinichette, Mal Waldron, Doug Watkins, Art Taylor, The Prestige All Stars1957Album
Interplay For 2 Trumpets And 2 TenorsIdrees Sulieman, Webster Young, John Coltrane, Bobby Jaspar With Mal Waldron, Kenny Burrell, Paul Chambers, Art Taylor1957Album
John Coltrane And Ray Draper And Mal WaldronJohn Coltrane, Elmo Hope, Mal WaldronCompil.
They Laughed When I Sat Down To Play...Tyree Glenn, Seldon Powell, George Duvivier, Roy Haynes, Mal WaldronAlbum
Sweet Love, BitterMal WaldronAlbum
John Coltrane And Ray Draper And Mal WaldronJohn Coltrane, Ray Draper, Mal WaldronCompil.
Magic Night In Borgio VerezziMal Waldron / Danila SatragnoAlbum
For Pianists Only!Mal WaldronAlbum
How About You?Mal WaldronAlbum
All Alone / Waltz Of ObliviousMal WaldronSingle
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