Left Alone (Mal Waldron album)

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Left Alone
Left Alone (Mal Waldron album).jpg
Studio album by Mal Waldron
Released 1959
Recorded February 24, 1959
Genre Jazz
Length 38:11
Label Bethlehem
Producer Teddy Charles
Mal Waldron chronology
Mal/4: Trio
Left Alone

Left Alone is an album by American jazz pianist Mal Waldron recorded in 1959 and released on the Bethlehem label.[1]

"Left Alone" is Waldron's signature song. He released an album of a similar title, Left Alone Live 1 (Fontana Records). It was recorded in Japan in 1971 and features Isao Suzuki (b) / Yoshiyuki Nakamura (dms) / Kohsuke Mine (A Sax). West 54 Records released the album on LP in 1980 as Left Alone: Mal Waldron Live.

The tracks "Left Alone" and "Catwalk" were released as two sides of a single; both were given four-star reviews by Billboard.[2]


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 3 stars, stating: "Although Waldron dedicated the album to Lady Day and talks about her a bit on the last track in a short interview with vibraphonist Teddy Charles (which was recorded a bit later), he actually only performs one song from her repertoire... McLean's emotional alto is such a strong asset on the title cut that one wishes he were on the rest of this worthwhile set."[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Mal Waldron except as indicated
  1. "Left Alone" (Billie Holiday, Mal Waldron) – 6:06
  2. "Catwalk" – 6:56
  3. "You Don't Know What Love Is" (Gene de Paul, Don Raye) – 5:52
  4. "Minor Pulsation" – 8:14
  5. "Airegin" (Sonny Rollins) – 7:11
  6. Mal Waldron Interview: The Way He Remembers Billy Holiday – 4:09
  • Recorded in New York City on February 24, 1959.



  1. ^ Mal Waldron discography accessed February 21, 2011
  2. ^ "Jazz" (February 20, 1961) Billboard, p. 34.
  3. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review, accessed February 21, 2011.