I have not heard the Impressions CDs. But the critics say:
Jazz Impression of Japan-- "is one of the GREAT FORGOTTEN Brubeck records. 'all music guide to jazz'
how can it be great and forgotten at the same time? Smacks of politics.
Jazz Impressions of Eurasia -- Why is he running all over the world looking for new ideas and inspiration? Has he ever heard of the BLUES? You travel the world looking for ideas, to play America's art form?? He said his FRENCH, music teacher, told him to travel the world with his ears open. Explains a lot.
The Blue Yusef Lateef -- "This one examines, in a painterly way, all the different ranges of emotion contained within the BLUES genre." 'all music guide to Jazz'
We have no problem with Yusef. Besides, he played with Cannonball!! He plays JAZZ! Nuff said.
I Call your two 'Impressions' CDs and raise you, Cannonball's Sextet 'Dizzy's Business' with Yusef on board, Les McCann & Eddie Harris 'Swiss Movement' and three different, badly recorded, versions of 'Sweet Georgia Brown' :)