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Studio album by Mal Waldron
Released 1956
Recorded November 9, 1956
Genre Jazz
Length 37:48
Label Prestige
Producer Bob Weinstock
Mal Waldron chronology

Mal-1 is the debut album by American jazz pianist Mal Waldron, recorded in 1956 and released on the Prestige label.[1]


A contemporaneous review by John S. Wilson stated that trumpeter Idrees Sulieman and alto saxophonist Gigi Gryce "play unusually well while Waldron contributes several provocative compositions and arrangements (especially a version of Yesterdays that is a remarkably interesting rewriting of a real warhorse) and plays with typically dark, warm charm".[2] The Allmusic review by Jim Todd awarded the album 4 stars, stating "Mal Waldron's recording debut as a leader presents the pianist with his many gifts already well developed".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 3/4 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Mal Waldron except as indicated
  1. "Stablemates" (Benny Golson) – 4:51
  2. "Yesterdays" (Otto Harbach, Jerome Kern) – 7:47
  3. "Transfiguration" (Lee Sears) – 7:17
  4. "Bud Study" – 5:48
  5. "Dee's Dilemma" – 6:58
  6. "Shome" (Idrees Sulieman) – 5:07
  • Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey on November 9, 1956.



  1. ^ Mal Waldron discography accessed February 21, 2011
  2. ^ Wilson, John S. (1959) The Collector's Jazz: Modern, pp. 297–298. J.B. Lippincott.
  3. ^ a b Todd, J. Allmusic Review accessed February 21, 2011
  4. ^ Cook, Richard and Morton, Brian (2008) The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.), p. 1454. Penguin.