vendredi 21 novembre 2014

Littérature pour le weekend: Mal Waldron sa vie et l'Europe

The Truly Underrated Mal Waldron, Interviewed

The term underrated applies to so many amazing jazz artists that it becomes almost a vapid turn-of-phrase. But in so many cases, it is not; the quietly ubiquitous Mal Waldron is a perfect case in point. What an amazing talent he was: as a soloist, accompanist, composer and organizer of music. Read this Ted Panken piece, all at once or in pieces. But if you break it up, throw on some music that Waldron instigated, to drive home the message.

-Michael Cuscuna

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For Mal Waldron’s 89th birthday, A Director’s Cut of a DownBeat Piece from 2002

In recognition of the 89th birth anniversary of the late pianist-composer Mal Waldron, I’m posting a “directors’ cut” of an article that ran in DownBeat in 2002, with a link to the two interviews that I conducted with Mr. Waldron — one on WKCR, another on the phone — that contributed to the bulk of the piece. It was an honor to meet and interact with him.
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An expatriate for roughly half his life, 77-year-old pianist Mal Waldron, New York born, finds it increasingly difficult to come home. “I don’t plan to return to the States for a while,” he noted in New York last August, two nights into a week at the Blue Note with bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Andrew Cyrille. “I like to smoke cigarettes, and I can’t smoke on the bandstand. Having the smoke around me when I play the piano helps me to feel the mood, and feel relaxed and jazzy. That’s my ‘snoozedecker,’ like they say; my blanket of security, like the little kid in ‘Peanuts.’”

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