The Dave Brubeck Quartet – “Jazz Impressions of Japan”
Let’s get something out of the way up front: this album sounds like Dave Brubeck, and if you’re at all familiar with his work you know exactly what I mean by that. I’m more interested in asking the question, what should we expect a jazz impression of Japan to sound like? There’s not a lot of overt eastern influence in the melodies (though you can hear some, here and there). Rather, the overall sound of the album is urban, energetic, sophisticated and modern … which is probably not a bad guess at how Japan in 1964 actually sounded.