Jazz Impressions of New York

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Jazz Impressions Of New York
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Studio album by Dave Brubeck
Released 1964
Recorded June 16 to August 21, 1964
Genre Jazz
Length 44:37
Label Columbia
Producer Teo Macero, Amy Herot (reissue)
Dave Brubeck chronology
Jazz Impressions of Japan
Jazz Impressions of New York
Angel Eyes
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Jazz Impressions of New York is a jazz album released by Dave Brubeck. It developed out of Brubeck's association with the CBS television show Mr. Broadway starring Craig Stevens.

Brubeck's theme music was written to convey the "urbane personality" of the main character, yet be "a signature immediately recognizable as Brubeck." The tune has the urgent, polyrhythmic feel of many of Brubeck's other adventures in 3/4 time.[2]

Other themes were developed from this waltz-time concept, as well as from specific program-related needs.

The personnel is the "classic" Quartet: Paul Desmond on alto saxophone, Eugene Wright on acoustic bass, and Joe Morello on drums. However, there are some unexpected (and amusing) changes and additions on the final track, Upstage Rumba, as Brubeck explains:

"The Quartet version of this piece actually evolved in the studio when each person upstaged the other by unexpectedly doing something quite out of character. Paul Desmond surprised us first by making his debut on a bass marimba which had been left in the studio from a Latin band session. Then, people came running out of the control booth and, in quite an uncontrollable manner, grabbed the nearest percussion instrument and began to play. My brother Howard was shaking some sort of cylindrical drum with BBs in it; John Lee, a drummer friend of Joe Morello, played on Joe's tom-tom; and Teo Macero, our producer, was master of the claves until he dropped them at the end of the piece (which I consider a final stroke of upstage chicanery)."[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Theme from Mr. Broadway" – 2:30
  2. "Broadway Bossa Nova" – 3:16
  3. "Autumn In Washington Square" – 5:30
  4. "Something to Sing About" – 3:56
  5. "Sixth Sense" – 6:57
  6. "Spring In Central Park" – 2:29
  7. "Lonely Mr. Broadway" – 4:20
  8. "Summer on the Sound" – 2:43
  9. "Winter Ballad" – 2:45
  10. "Broadway Romance" – 5:52
  11. "Upstage Rumba" – 4:19


  1. ^ Yanow, Scott. Jazz Impressions of New York at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-08-07.
  2. ^ a b Brubeck, Liner Notes from Jazz Impressions of New York.