Cover of Jazz Moods: Cool

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This piece was meant to contrast the excitement of “Stompin’ For Mili.” Brubeck recalls the recording of the piece in a 1955 letter:” ‘I would like,’ said Gjon , closing his eyes and raising his hand expressively, ‘I would like to see Audrey Hepburn come walking through the woods.’ ‘Gee,’ said Paul wistfully, ‘So would I.’ ‘One,’ I said, noticing the glazed expression about Paul’s eyes ‘two, three, four’. And we played it. Hence, the title.”

The piece is a 12-bar blues in the key of B-flat minor; however, the melody of “Balcony Rock,” an improvised blues in B-flat Major, recorded on Jazz Goes to College, is used to conclude “Audrey.”

There is an “alternate take,” released as “Makin’ Time,” that is rarely heard. It was released on a Columbia compilation LP called I Like Jazz! around 1955.


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