Steel Blue and Other Hit Tunes
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United States Steel CSS 487

The Jack Brokensha Quartet:

Steel Blue
Our Love Affair
A Room Without Windows
A Taste of Honey

The Lenore Paxton Trio:

Girl Talk
It Was a Very Good Year
I Think I'm Going Out of My Head

Designs with steel are unlimited

If automobiles are your business, you know automotive design. We know steel. And we know the best way to use steel to help you get the most out of your design. This combined knowledge can't miss in producing great cars. You can select from 10,000 different types and forms of USS Steels for automotive use, and get expert technical advice on how to use them. Ask about U.S. Steel innovations for the automotive industry. Write United States Steel, Room 4346, 525 Wm. Penn Place, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15230.


First we created some complex automotive designs. Then we solved each design problem with a practical use of steel. Result? The Innovari. Even though you won't see this experimental sports station wagon on the road, every steel innovation that went into it has a practical application today.

Transparent Stainless Steel covers the tail lights, instrument panel and a section of the inside door panel. The Stainless Steel is photoelectrically etched with perforations so small they're almost invisible. It looks solid until backlighted, then the Stainless Steel is transparent. The cantilevered rear seat is a bench type modification of the torsion bar concept introduced earlier by U. S. Steel. This means fewer parts.

Touch a button and the Innovari doors open on a single stamped steel hinge. The door and quarter inner panels are USS Embossed Carbon Steel that match the interior soft trim. U. S. Steel has 18 different patterns of Embossed Steel on the market. For beauty and durability, the roof panel, door panel insert, fender mouldings and exhaust stacks are USS Stainless Steel.

The Innovari is 52 inches high, but it has the package area of a car having a 55-inch height. With full use of carbon steel capability, we reduced the size of the header so there's more window area and less visual obstruction. U. S. Steel developed a new adhesive— PQE 1—that bonds together the inner and outer hood panels and the inner and outer door panels. PQE 1 muffles noise and can reduce spot welding or surface grinding. The inner hood panel doubles as a carburetor air duct and reduces the hood height by reducing the air cleaner thickness. Where structural rigidity counts —in the cowl, toe board and underbody—we used a lightweight USS Steel Sandwich panel concept in combination with the steel frame.

We also used low cost production methods such as cold formed wheel hubs and steel fiber draw dies.

Steel makes the Innovari a safer car. High strength alloys from the USS Family of Steels achieve an optimum balance between rigidity and yield. Seat belt anchors, buckles and attachments are alloy steel. The unique core of the sun visor is an energy-absorbing steel armature encased in a soft plastic cover for passenger protection.

...a word about this album.

During U.S. Steel's 1966 automotive presentation of "Innovations in Steel" to officials of the motor car industry, the Jack Brokensha Quartet and the Lenore Paxton Trio provided a distinctive jazz background for the occasion.  Their particular jazz style is high-lighted in the theme selection, "Steel Blue" which was created especially for the show as a musical tribute to U.S. Steel's concept-in-steel, Sports Station Wagon, Innovari.

We like the originality of "Steel Blue" so much that we invited the two groups to a recording session so that this album could be made for you.  We hope you enjoy it.

Recorded January 11, 1967
Detroit, Michigan


Percussionist Jack Brokensha moved from his native Australia in 1953, settled in Windsor, Canada, and formed the Australian Jazz Quintet whose popularity soared almost overnight. This was later reorganized to what is now the Jack Brokensha Quartet.

Although he is best known as a jazz vibraphonist, he is also proficient at all percussion instruments. He has played under Toscanini and augments the percussion section of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He holds a staff musician's post at WXYZ broadcasting station but finds time to concertize, lecture, make television appearances, compose and disc jockey for FM station WQRS on the Detroit scene.


Lenore Paxton is a former classical piano student who studied at Wayne State University and the Detroit Institute of Musical Art. Her professional experience in Detroit includes the Bakers Keyboard Lounge, the Act IV, the Statler Hotel and the Playboy Club. Out of town dates include the Town Tavern in Toronto, the Americana Hotel and the Embers in New York.

At the time of the recording of this album, Miss Paxton completed a 13-month engagement at the Caucus Club in Detroit with bassist Fred Housey. The third member of the group is drummer Bill Steen.