Jazz Impressions of the U.S.A.
Dave Brubeck (p), Paul Desmond (as), Norman Bates (b) and Joe Morello (d)
This release presents the complete long unavailable original studio album Jazz Impressions of U.S.A. (1957) by the Dave Brubeck Quartet - for the first time ever on CD.
This would be the first album in a series of mood LPs all titled Jazz Impressions which were inspired by different cultures and places. It would be followed by Jazz Impressions of Eurasia (1958); Jazz Impressions of Japan (1964) and Jazz Impressions of New York (1964). All of the compositions from Jazz Impressions of U.S.A. were new works by Dave Brubeck.
As a bonus to this rarely heard gem, it's added two more Brubeck tracks which have never appeared before on CD (both were issued only on separate long out of print LP compilations).
01. ODE TO A COWBOY (5:04)
02. SUMMER SONG (6:06)
03. YONDER FOR TWO (5:02)
04. HISTORY OF A BOY SCOUT (4:35)
05. PLAIN SONG (4:05)
06. CURTAIN TIME (4:47)
07. SOUNDS OF THE LOOP (7:30)
08. HOME AT LAST (3:54)
09. TWO SLEEPY PEOPLE (5:42) (*) Bonus Track
10. PILGRIM'S PROGRESS (9:16) (*) Bonus Track
Total time: 56:08 min.
Personnel on all tracks: Dave Brubeck (p), Paul Desmond (as), Norman Bates (b) and Joe Morello (d).
Tracks #1-8 originally issued as Columbia CL 984. Recorded in New York City, on November 16 & 26 [tracks 1-7], and in Oakland, California, on February 4, 1957 [track 8].
Track #9 originally issued as part of "The Playboy Jazz All Stars, Vol. 2" (Playboy PB 1958). Recorded in Los Angeles, on October 24, 1957.
Track #10 originally issued as part of "The Playboy Jazz All Stars, Vol. 1" (Playboy PB 1957). Recorded in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, on August 3, 1956.
"For this new musical adventure, pianist Dave Brubeck wrote eight diverse songs, of which "Summer Song" would be the best-known. This out-of-print LP was the debut of drummer Joe Morello with Brubeck's Quartet which at the time also featured altoist Joe Morello and bassist Norman Bates. Excellent music, although it's not quite as essential as their live performances of the era."
Scott Yanow -All Music Guide