Impressions (instrumental composition)

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"Impressions" is a jazz standard composed by John Coltrane. While Coltrane only recorded the composition twice in the studio—on June 20, 1962[1] and March 6, 1963,[2] released on the posthumous Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album—he recorded it many times live, beginning with his 1961 engagement at the Village Vanguard. These performances produced the third track on the 1963 album of the same name, as well as two further renditions available on The Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings. At least a dozen further live performances exist on various live albums up to 1965.

Its chord sequence is identical to that of Miles Davis' "So What" (16 bars of D Dorian, 8 bars of E Dorian, and 8 bars of D Dorian). Both pieces originate in Ahmad Jamal's 1955 cover of Morton Gould's "Pavanne" [3]

Michael Brecker won the 1996 Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo for his performance on this piece, as recorded for the Grammy-winning jazz album by McCoy Tyner, Infinity.


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  1. ^ Project, Jazz Discography. "Impulse! Records Discography: 1960–1962".
  2. ^ Russonello, Giovanni (June 7, 2018). "Lost John Coltrane Recording from 1963 Will Be Released at Last". The New York Times.
  3. ^ 'Considering Genius', by Stanley Crouch, page 99, ISBN 0-465-01512-3
  4. ^ "Gerald Albright – Live At Birdland West".
  5. ^ "Miłość (2) & Lester Bowie – Talkin' About Life And Death".