I bought this from ebay in not very collectible condition and when it arrived, it was a personal highlight in record collecting! What A record! I was such a lucky boy that the seller advertised it as Mal Wadron (not Waldron) and the condition VG and G cover seamed not to raise a lot of interest with most collectors. Most importantly, the record plays nearly VG+ and is a real blast, such a stylish and beautiful piece!
Let's pick out two favourites -
"One on One" has Idrees Sulieman on trumpet. I had not heard a lot about him, but he definitely steals the show. Julian Euell provides a pretty cool bass line. Mal Waldron contributes with his minimal laid back cool out piano touches. He never plays too much, but what he is playing is always in the right frame of time. He must had been a quiet person, maybe even shy, but he is always there and somehow he has the rare gift of playing the right chords constantly. Waldron is an unsung hero, check out his credit list to get an idea about the countless legandary sessions Waldron was part of. One can feel his character through his music.
The instrumental version of "Don't explain" that Waldron had previously performed with Billie Holiday is the "slowest" and probably the most memorable song, because it is an ocean of real and deep feelings that still translate straight into the brain some 60 years after it's initial release and will continue to do so in the next 60. "Don't Explain" feels sad, is proudly executed and just unbelievably beautiful. The complex arrangement and song structure is comparable to ideas that got developed on the album Pithecanthropus Erectus by Charles Mingus . A ground-breaking record from the previous year that has Waldron on piano and Jackie McLean on sax, same as on this session.
A real cool & classic record that also features a young John Coltrane just six catalogue numbers after his debut recording for the Prestige Label (PRLP 7105 ). Coltrane is in top form, as are his companions and that is why this LP is more about the whole group and how they perform as a team, tune after tune.
Mixed and mastered by Rudy van Gelder and comes in mono.