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jazz impressions of japan LP

Dave Brubeck Vinyl
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  • Vinyl
  • Label: COLUMBIA
  • ASIN: B003YXVQ58
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 820,575 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't forget Paul Desmond! 28 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
An album that is a classic...not in the Miles Davis Kind of Blue kind of way...more in the Keith Jarret Koln Concert kind of way. That is it captures a small moment - a snipet of a large volume of talent, but in this case all written and recorded in early 60's whilst touring Japan. The influence is remarkable. The album is worth getting for just one wonderful track - Fujiyama - which has remained in my Desert Island Discs for four decades now, this is genius saxophonist Paul Desmond at his very best. Here we have 2am saxophone at its most expressive. How Fujiyama has never made it as a movie soundtrack I'll never know...someone out there should listen to it, take it all in, feel the goose bumps and make a beautiful movie sequence around it. Sigh......
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've known and loved this music most of my life 17 Oct 2008
By Jeepers
Format:Audio CD
I first listened to this music on my father's original vinyl, when I was a child. Over the years, I've since bought my own copy of the vinyl as well as the CD. I'm not going to get into any technical sound differences as they're not really material to me in this instance. The music is variously haunting and uplifting, and it will certainly transport you to another time and place when you sit and listen to it. And it does deserve quiet sitting and listening, if it's the first time you've heard it. If you can read music and are so inclined, hunting out a piano transcription and reading (or even playing along, if you're talented!) as you listen is quite a fun exercise.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars West meets East with exquisite results 20 Feb 2004
By Jamie F
Format:Audio CD
Dave Brubeck is, in my opinion, a living genius. I have seen him live twice in the last few years and am going again later this year. His most successful album 'Time Out' contains many of his signature tunes that would be instantly recognisable to all, but the man has written an astonishing amount of material beyond these.
The tracks on this album may not be amongst his signature tunes, but are arguably a better sign of his genius. Taking inspiration from oriental sounds and tunes, Dave Brubeck writes brilliant, accessible American Jazz with a definite Eastern flavour. The tracks complement each other brilliantly too, the opening Tokyo Traffic and Toki's Theme for instance are full of catchy melodies and rhythmic vitality (I particularly like the pitched, rhythmic sounds that play the melody alongside the piano in Tokyo Traffic), but are surrounded by more atmospheric pieces.
A superb album, an encaptivating and enjoyable listen, and a superb demonstration of Jazz that can be enjoyed by the mainstream as well as the jazz connoisseur.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Jazzrook TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This little-known quartet album from pianist/composer Dave Brubeck(1920-2012) was recorded in June, 1964 and inspired by a tour of Japan a few months earlier.
With Brubeck on piano were altoist Paul Desmond, bassist Eugene Wright and drummer Joe Morello who'd been together since the late 1950s.
Brubeck's teacher, the composer Darius Milhaud, advised him to "travel the world and keep your ears open" which is evident on these 8 memorable Eastern-influenced tracks. Highlights include 'Fujiyama', 'Osaka Blues' & 'The City Is Crying' which features a beautiful alto solo from Paul Desmond.
Despite the short playing time of 35 minutes this is an intriguing and evocative album that deserves a place in any Dave Brubeck collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immediate success with me 15 July 2012
Format:Audio CD
I bought this (LP) when I was a student at University College, London and thus I wasn't flush with money.

I was lucky enough to hear it in one of the sound booths that good record shops had in those days (beat headphones in the open shopfloor any time) and the first track (Tokyo Traffic) and even the first few seconds of it just overwhelmed me and I had to have it (after of course checking track two as well which was a complete contrast.)

Luckily it was on sale which is why I was listening to it in the first place of course (and indeed was the reason why it was in the window and why I went into the shop at all)

If you can try it out first, do so, but for me this is my favourite Brubeck CD after Time Out and before Time Further Out. (Yes, I now have the CD).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album 10 July 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I usually buy CDs from Amazon when I want the whole album, but when I saw the price I was particularly pleased. One of the most underrated Brubeck albums for under a fiver? Yes please.

From the dizzying spin of Tokyo Traffic to the sombre Fujiyama, this has it all. There's even an extract in the book telling you the inspiration behind each song during Brubeck's tour of Japan back in the 60s. This album puts you right in the middle of his experiences.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rain running down a window 26 April 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
replacement for lost vinyl. My mother was persuaded many years ago by my husband to listen to this album. She had previously been scathing about modern music of any description but became convinced after hearing it that my husband may, just possibly on this one occasion, to be nearly correct.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great album to relax to .
Another Dave Brubeck album for the collection , this time a very contemporary one hauntingly good , with a classical feel to it .
Published 4 months ago by Mr. D. I. Tattersall
5.0 out of 5 stars Flavour of the East
This album captures the mood of Japan with the sophistication and styling of Brubeck. A classic modern jazz album from a bygone era.
Published 9 months ago by PHILLIP EDWARDS
5.0 out of 5 stars Brubeck in the Orient
Following in the steps of his Jazz Impressions of... occasional series, is this one inspired by a concert tour to Japan in 1964. Read more
Published 18 months ago by adrian
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous
Beautiful, beautiful jazz. Apart from the extrmeely high standard which can be expected form all works by the late great Dave Brubeck quartet, and superb playing by Paul Desmond in... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Brubeck class
Brubeck and Desmond at their very best. Shame the disc is not longer, could have listened to another hour of this classy music, really good. Read more
Published on 17 April 2012 by ear 4 atune 925
4.0 out of 5 stars Jazz japanized, or Japan jazzed for dummies? :-)
I bought this in a "Dave Brubeck's quartet spending spree".
Nice CD, with some japanese sound influence japanophiles would appreciate; not overwhelming, but why would you want... Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2012 by Kriss
3.0 out of 5 stars Dave Brubeck's impressions of Japan
Among the many Brubeck cd's,this I think,is one of the least "I must have albums".More impressionistic than out and out jazz,and the playing time is woeful.
Published on 9 Dec 2010 by D. H. Rimmer
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