Improvised Meditations and Excursions

Improvised Meditations & Excursions is a jazz recording by John Lewis as a solo artist, released in 1959.

Improvised Meditations & Excursions
Studio album by
Released1959 (1959)
RecordedMay 7–8, 1959
ProducerNesuhi Ertegun
John Lewis chronology
European Windows
Improvised Meditations & Excursions
Odds Against Tomorrow (Soundtrack)

This work represents Lewis away from his Modern Jazz Quartet mates. This LP on Atlantic SD-1313 (stereo) released in both mono and stereo pressings.

Track listing

All tracks composed by John Lewis; except where indicated

Side 1

  1. "Now's the Time" (Charlie Parker)
  2. "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" (Jerome Kern)
  3. "Delaunay's Dilemma"
  4. "Love Me"

Side 2

  1. "Yesterdays" (Jerome Kern)
  2. "How Long Has This Been Going On" (George Gershwin)
  3. "September Song" (Kurt Weill, Maxwell Anderson)

Liner notes

Informative liner notes by Horst Lippmann, a German jazz critic of the time, provide additional notes and influences in Lewis' jazz work on this and some of his other releases.


On "Now's The Time", "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes", "Delaunay's Dilemma" and "September Song":

On "Love Me", "Yesterdays" and "How Long Has This Been Going On":

All tracks engineered by Earle Brown and Frank Abbey.

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