A beautiful album by Mal Waldron – recorded in 1960, after the passing of Billie Holiday
, and a very loving tribute by Waldron, who was her accompanist for a number of years. The set moves way past the usual "Holiday
songbook" mode, and features instead a dark batch of tracks, two written by Waldron – "Minor Pulsation" and "Cat Walk" – a third written by him and Holiday
, the famous tune "Left Alone". Jackie McLean plays some fantastic alto sax on the CD's version of "Left Alone", and the rest of the tracks are trio tracks played by Waldron, Julian Euell, and Al Dreares. The set also features one very strange track – "Mal Waldron: The Way He Remembers Billie Holiday
" – which is an interview with Waldron about Billie
! And sure, there were many cash-in records after Billie Holiday
died, but this is one of the best, and it comes from a very legitimate source!
(Out of print, RVG Special Edition with 24-bit remastering – still sealed with the obi!)