In his first three albums for Prestige, Mal Waldron utilized horns to present his ideas. Then he switched to a trio format. Impressions is the second of these and shows off both his playing and composing abilities. On the writing side, three related pieces entitled Overseas Suite are presented here, although they are not in consecutive order. Among the standards, "All the Way" came out of Billie Holiday’s liking for Frank Sinatra’s recording of the song. Waldron was Holiday’s accompanist at the time and, in fact, wrote Overseas Suite after returning from a European tour with Lady in 1958. Until his death in December 2002, Waldron remained a global traveler with an enthusiastic following in Japan and Europe, as well as in the United States. Impressions represents the beginning of that internationalism and, if you will, universality.