Free at Last (Mal Waldron album)

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Free at Last
Free at Last (Mal Waldron album).jpg
Studio album by
RecordedNovember 24, 1969
ProducerManfred Eicher
Mal Waldron chronology
Set Me Free
Free at Last
Tokyo Bound

Free at Last is an album by American jazz pianist Mal Waldron recorded in 1969 and released on the ECM label.[1] The album was the first release on the influential European jazz label.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]

The AllMusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 3 stars stating "The music overall is not that memorable or unique but it does have its unpredictable moments and finds Waldron really stretching himself."[2] JazzTimes, in its retrospective analysis of ECM's first 50 years, commented on the label's first release that: "It's doubtful that anyone who heard Free at Last in its day took particular notice of its fledgling label, but an unheeded message is still a message: We're on a different wavelength."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Mal Waldron except as indicated
  1. "Rat Now" – 10:18
  2. "Balladina" – 5:05
  3. "1-3-234" – 4:05
  4. "Rock My Soul" – 11:23
  5. "Willow Weep for Me" (Ann Ronell) – 7:34
  6. "Boo" – 3:24
  • Recorded at Studio Bauer in Ludwigsburg, West Germany on November 24, 1969.



  1. ^ Mal Waldron discography accessed February 22, 2011
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed February 22, 2011
  3. ^ West, Michael J. (May 14, 2019). "JazzTimes 10: Landmark ECM Albums". JazzTimes. Retrieved May 27, 2019.