That was a very monumental time. The issue that we were dealing with, that A Patch of Blue was addressing, was interracial relationships: a very sensitive, important issue—how America was viewing those relationships, what solutions were being put forth. Looking back, with all of the good intentions, we find ourselves approaching the new millennium with the same problems. They haven't been resolved.
A Patch of Blue was addressing racism through the metaphor of being without sight—being without sight. Then, in society, we find those who are blinded by sight. Because what they see is so important. It's what they base their decisions on. They either accept or don't accept on the basis o f what they see. Minus the sight, it would be a different story. Different perception, a different view.
— WALT DICKERSON
I remember the date as quite a challenge. I don't think there was any music there to refer to. Or if there was, we didn't necessarily follow it. There was an understanding who would begin each piece and who would solo on it, and so forth. But that was it. The album was called Impressions of "A Patch of Blue," and that's what they were—improvisational impressions.
— BOB CUNNINGHAM