The Quest (album)

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The Quest
Studio album by Mal Waldron
Released 1961
Recorded June 27, 1961
Genre Jazz
Length 41:17
Label New Jazz
Mal Waldron chronology
The Quest
Sweet Love, Bitter
Eric Dolphy chronology
Far Cry
The Quest
At the Five Spot
Reissue Cover

The Quest is an album by American jazz pianist Mal Waldron recorded in 1961 and released on the New Jazz label.[1] Some reissues of the album appear under Eric Dolphy's name.[2][3]


The allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4 stars stating "the complex music (which falls between hard bop and the avant-garde) is successfully interpreted. Worth checking out".[2] Dan Warburton, writing for allmusic, describes the album as "an outstandingly original (and unjustly neglected) sextet date…."[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
allmusic (Yanow) 4/5 stars[2]
allmusic (Warburton) 4.5/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Mal Waldron
  1. "Status Seeking" — 8:52
  2. "Duquility" — 4:09
  3. "Thirteen" — 4:42
  4. "We Diddit" — 4:23
  5. "Warm Canto" — 5:37
  6. "Warp and Woof" — 5:36
  7. "Fire Waltz" — 7:58
  • Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on June 27, 1961.



  1. ^ Mal Waldron discography accessed February 21, 2011
  2. ^ a b c Yanow, Scott. The Quest (Mal Waldron) at AllMusic. Retrieved March 31, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c Warburton, Dan. The Quest (Eric Dolphy) at AllMusic. Retrieved March 31, 2011.