Offered for sale is an original Japanese pressing of Mal-1, the debut album by pianist Mal Waldron, including the original obi.
While this album was released in 1956 in the U.S., this 1960 pressing was the first Japanese issue.
About this copy: This copy of Mal-1 is a 1960 Japanese pressing on the Prestige label.
The cover is VG+ with slight discoloration from age but no tears or splits. The obi is VG, with discoloration from age and a repaired tear at the top edge. The “hojyuhyo” (reorder tag) is still attached.
This LP was issued without an insert.
The disc is VG++ and close to M- with a couple of light scuffs on each side and a few spindle marks on the labels. It’s a clean disc that has had little play.
A nice copy of a very rare Jazz LP.
Background: Released in 1956, Mal-1 was the first album by Jazz pianist Mal Waldron.
Mal Waldron’s recording debut as a leader presents the pianist with his many gifts already well developed. For the 1956 quartet date, he takes charge to strike a balance between the sound of a blowing session and the refinement of a more polished date. The spontaneity is there, but the set also benefits from Waldron’s thoughtful charts. At this stage of his development, Waldron was a distinctive bop pianist whose occasional sputtering, knotty phrasing revealed the acknowledged influence of Thelonious Monk, as well as similarities with contemporaries Al Haig and Bud Powell. For this set, though, the focus is not on Waldron’s playing, but on his ability to lead from the piano bench. The horn players — top-flight boppers Idrees Sulieman on trumpet and Gigi Gryce on alto sax — contribute hot solos played with class and authority, and disciplined ensemble work supports the overall structure of Waldron’s charts.
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|Country of origin:||Japan|
|Year of Release:||1960|