The Quest (album)

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The Quest
The Quest (album).jpg
Studio album by Mal Waldron
Released 1961
Recorded June 27, 1961
Genre Jazz
Length 41:17
Label New Jazz NJ 8269
Producer Esmond Edwards
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Reissue Cover
The Quest (Eric Dolphy album).jpg

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 have appeared under Eric Dolphy's name.[2][3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Down Beat
(Original Lp release)
4.5/5 stars[4]
AllMusic (Yanow)4/5 stars[2]
AllMusic (Warburton)4.5/5 stars[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, also writing for AllMusic, describes the album as "an outstandingly original (and unjustly neglected) sextet date…."[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.
  4. ^ Down Beat:December 6, 1962 Vol. 29, No.30