Few musicians are as universally respected by their peers as the unclassifiable pianist Mal Waldron. Sometimes described as a Thelonious Monk disciple, Waldron is more accurately identified as a musician who shares Monk's aversion to convention and, particularly, to the clichŽs and predictable patterns that began to dominate bebop as early as the late Forties. Waldron's music makes extensive use of repeated motives, uncomplicated themes, and deeply personal harmonies. Mal-1 demonstrates his approach, particularly in his own compositions. His companions, also original thinkers, are trumpeter Idrees Sulieman, saxophonist Gigi Gryce, bassist Julian Euell, and drummer Arthur Edgehill.