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Mal Waldron Quintet – Hard Talk (1995 FLAC)

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Mal Waldron Quintet - Hard Talk (1995 FLAC)

Mal Waldron Quintet – Hard Talk (1995 FLAC)

Artist: Mal Waldron Quintet
Album: Hard Talk
Release/Reissue: 1995
Genre: Free Jazz, Post Bop

01. Snake Out
02. Hard Talk
03. Russian Melody
04. Hurray For Herbie

This stimulating session (reissued on CD by Enja) features the masterful avant-garde cornetist Manfred Schoof (whose surprising jumps into the upper-register recall Kenny Wheeler), Steve Lacy on soprano, pianist Mal Waldron, bassist Isla Eckinger, and drummer Allen Blairman. They explore four of Waldron’s advanced pieces, and it is interesting to hear how Lacy’s playing a couple decades ago (with its piercing high notes and very abstract combination of notes) differs from his present-day lyrical approach. Waldron’s percussive style is a logical progression from his hard bop playing of the 1950s, and the rhythm section is both alert and tight on these three romps and the ballad “Russian Melody.” This is a strong live set that successfully combines together some distinctive musical personalities; Schoof often steals solo honors.

Bass – Isla Eckinger
Drums – Allen Blairman
Piano, Composed By – Mal Waldron
Soprano Saxophone – Steve Lacy