Read the story here. Advertise at Before It's News here.
Profile image
By Uri Hornstein
Contributor profile | More stories
Story Views
Last hour:
Last 24 hours:

Mal Waldron – Up Popped The Devil (1973)

% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

A Darker Shade Of Blue

Enja Records – 2034, Enja Records – 2034 ST
Location: Studio Warp, NYC
Date: December 28, 1973 – (Original Vinyl, LP Album Made in W.-Germany)


For piano-jazz audiences now familiar with the winding journeys of Brad Mehldau (contemporary jazz’s Glenn Gould), or the Latin-postbop fury of McCoy Tyner, or the rich contemporary-standards virtuosity of Herbie Hancock, the late Mal Waldron may sound like something of a blunt instrument.

Waldron played like a man simultaneously preoccupied by intoning a mantra and knocking nails into a plank – a performer whose music would often focus on long, imperceptibly changing barrages of clusters, delivered in close collaboration with partners. Nobody sounded like Waldron (who died early this year at 77) and not many pianists wanted to, but he was a jazz musician to the roots, an unswerving individualist with the kind of open ears that also made him a sensitive sharer. The latter quality brought him some of the most illustrious sideman roles in the jazz world, including two years with Billie Holiday in the 1950s as well as work with John Coltrane and Charles Mingus.

This set, from 1973 (on the German label the then expatriate Waldron had helped found), brings out all the pianist’s stubborn minimalism – his stripped-down style that came after his nervous breakdown in the early 1960s. The partners are bassist Reggie Workman (with whom Waldron shared several other memorable ventures) and the sparkling drummer Billy Higgins. The set is a loose, three-way group improvisation in which the leader plays an entirely collaborative part.

A Waldron favourite, the tumbling rise and fall of Snake Out, is here, with the pianist hitting the keys with venomous emphasis throughout, and Higgins clattering and tickling joyously around him. Workman darts and growls around the dignified, faintly Abdullah Ibrahim-like repeating chords of Changachangachanga, which exactly conveys what the theme sounds like. Workman’s buzzy arco playing, exclamatory noises and pining high-register sounds mingle seamlessly with Higgins’s flickering brushwork on the title track.

A long way from lyrical or song-based jazz, of course, but a three-way spontaneous conversation in a pretty distinctive language.

_ The Guardian, Friday 28 November 2003

Members of A Darker Shade Of Blue will receive the link via email.

The enrollment of new members is temporarily suspended.
So please, do not send any email’s requests until further notice.

Uri Hornstein

Read more at A Darker Shade Of Blue


Before It’s News® is a community of individuals who report on what’s going on around them, from all around the world.

Anyone can join.
Anyone can contribute.
Anyone can become informed about their world.

"United We Stand" Click Here To Create Your Personal Citizen Journalist Account Today, Be Sure To Invite Your Friends.

Please Help Support BeforeitsNews by trying our Natural Health Products below!

Order by Phone at 888-809-8385 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Order by Phone at 866-388-7003 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Order by Phone at 866-388-7003 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Humic & Fulvic Trace Minerals Complex - Nature's most important supplement! Vivid Dreams again!

HNEX HydroNano EXtracellular Water - Improve immune system health and reduce inflammation

Ultimate Clinical Potency Curcumin - Natural pain relief, reduce inflammation and so much more.

MitoCopper - Bioavailable Copper destroys pathogens and gives you more energy. (See Blood Video)
Oxy Powder - Natural Colon Cleanser!  Cleans out toxic buildup with oxygen! 
Nascent Iodine - Promotes detoxification, mental focus and thyroid health.
Smart Meter Cover -  Reduces Smart Meter radiation by 96%!  (See Video)

Report abuse


    Your Comments
    Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

    Load more ...




    Email this story
    Email this story

    If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

    If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.