The Quest (album)

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The Quest
The Quest (album).jpg
Studio album by
RecordedJune 27, 1961
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
LabelNew Jazz NJ 8269
ProducerEsmond Edwards
Mal Waldron chronology
The Quest
Sweet Love, Bitter
Eric Dolphy chronology
The Quest
At the Five Spot
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]
Penguin Guide to Jazz3.5/4 stars


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



  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