Archie Shepp & Mal Waldron - Left Alone Revisited


Pure Pleasure Records (Enja)



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APPR 91411
EAN: 5060149623466
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180 Gram Vinyl Record

No. of Discs: 2

180 Gram LP

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180-gram gatefold double LP

Remastering by Cicely Baston at Alchemy/Air Mastering

"Mal Waldron's first tribute to Billie Holiday, titled Left Alone, was recorded in 1959, mere months before the singer's death. He returned to salute the legendary vocalist on several occasions since then, with this recording likely being his final tribute, recorded less than a year before his own death. Waldron, who worked with Holiday during her last years, is intimately familiar with her takes of the six standards heard on this disc, along with her own 'Lady Sings the Blues.'

"Archie Shepp's often gritty tenor sax is reminiscent of the texture of Holiday's voice, yet he perfectly complements Waldron's lush piano. They also pack a punch with their stark performance of 'Left Alone' (Shepp's occasional reed squeaks seem deliberate, as if to imitate breaks in her voice). Waldron also recites Holiday's lyrics set to his composition at the conclusion of the LP. Shepp switches to soprano sax for an emotional take of 'Everything Happens to Me' and 'I Only Have Eyes for You,' with the latter song sounding as if the unheard singer is being ignored by her love interest. Shepp's 'Blues for 52nd Street' is both sassy and swinging. This instrumental salute to Billie Holiday is one of the best albums ever to honor her memory." — AllMusic



Side A
1. Easy Living
2. Nice Work If You Can Get It
3. Everything Happens To Me

Side B
1. Left Alone
2. When Your Lover Has Gone

Side C
1. I Only Have Eyes For You
2. Blues For 52nd Street

Side D
1. Porgy
2. Lady Sings The Blues
3. Left Alone (Spoken Lyrics)

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 1 person(s) rated this product.

Phenomenol disc

posted on 11/11/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Eric L
I can’t express enough superlatives about this record. Recorded in 2002 in Paris, this duo on piano and tenor sax is a delight in every way. Aside from the genius of these two old-timers, the sound here is truly first class. The instruments are palpable, vibrant and clearly “in the room.” Pressings are perfect. One of my most enjoyable acquisitions on vinyl in a long time.

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