Dave Brubeck Quartet “Jazz Impressions of Eurasia”


Dave Brubeck Quartet “Jazz Impressions of Eurasia” is a distinctive set of pieces – take for instance the meditative yet jittery ‘Calcutta Blues’ or the catchy ‘Nomad’ – that draws from the Quartet’s long tour of Europe and South Asia. The album shows another wonderful set of recordings where the group have woven the music of other cultures into their cool jazz.

It’s easy to hear Dave’s ear for classical music, especially in standout ‘Thank You’ or the almost stately opening to ‘Brandenburg Gate.’ Brubeck’s playing has always sounded strong, firm, even considered to me – but it’s still relaxing too, still engaging. Despite great performances from Desmond on alto and Morello on the drums, for me this album represents one of my favourite Brubeck performances.

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Dave Brubeck Quartet “Jazz Impressions of Eurasia” is a timeless jazz classic. Brubeck and his quartet, including the supremely gifted Paul Desmond, were sent on a goodwill tour of Europe and Central Asia by the US State Department.
This disc is the direct precedent of “Time Out.” From the first chords of “Nomad” to the end of “Calcutta Blues,” this disc is nothing but bright, pretty and brilliant. Although I love the song “The Golden Horn” quite a bit, and also the London inspired “Marble Arch,” perhaps the best song is the Polish inspired song “Thank You” which is just sublime and perhaps transcends the other songs in terms of pure jazz into just beautiful music that defies description.

This is an awesome disc that I will continue to listen to and if I were to make an impression on a younger music fan, truly one of the best.