impulse! (jazz label active during the 60s-70s, now property of Universal Music Group, mainly used as a reissue label.)

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"The new wave of jazz is on impulse!"

One of the mythic names in the jazz industry, impulse! has been known as "the house that Trane built".
The first activity period under ABC is the glorious one - covering the 60s until 1974 - with an emphasis on free jazz.
New production eventually faded out during the late 70s, though ABC continued to print reissues.
Sold to MCA in 1979, it was almost silent until being folded in under GRP in 1990, which eventually became the Verve Music Group. It has since been mainly reissuing its own stuff only - with a few exceptions: a handful of remix releases and commercial jazz stuff, a few new releases by artists with ties to the former impulse!, and a serie of new compilations and anthology box sets.
This reissue campaign intensified starting 1995, with enhanced/remastered reissues, etc.

Sleeves have a distinctive black and orange design, and sparse liner notes.
Note the label name is correctly capped as "impulse!" (see logos for symetry between "i" and "!").
Catalog numbers were as follow:
* First period: A # (mono) AS # (stereo) AQ # (quadraphonic, not all releases) with # from 1 to 100, then appending a 9 (eg: 9101 up to 9361). Two discs sets used an additional /2. There is a promotional (AS 1974) as well, and a rare 29000 serie (29065 to 29073)
* 1980s: MCD, MCAD
* 1991-1995: prefix GRD optionally followed by one digit (number of discs in the set) followed by a three digit catalog number. Example: GRD2113 (3 discs set)
* 1995-1999: prefix IMPD optionally followed by one digit (number of discs in the set) followed by a three digit catalog number. Example: IMPD8280 (8 discs set)
* 1999-2003: used a subset of the barcode. Example 3145479582 for 731454795821
* 2003-*: prefix B, followed by three zeros, followed by a four digits cat #, followed by 02 for CD, 16 for SACD. Example: B000427002
* some rare Universal Japanese release used cat # like UCCI-####

For a more indepth history, you may consult The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records, Ashley Kahn, 2006, W.W. Norton.

Yet unconfirmed:
Note that there appear to exist 7" EP releases for some (?) of the 12".
Currently spotted: at ebay at discogs
Or even reel-2-reel EPs: at ebay
They don't seem to bear a distinctive cat #...
More:
at ebay
at ebay
Shirley Scott Everybody...

Notes:
Don't forget to sort out the Jasmine reissues.

Annotation last modified on 2007-07-12 11:19 .

Releases

Release Artist Format Tracks Date Country Catalog# Barcode
Past Present John Scofield CD 9 B0023752-02 602547384157
Past Present John Scofield Digital Media 9
D-Stringz (iTunes version) Stanley Clarke, Biréli Lagrène, Jean-Luc Ponty Digital Media 10 [none]
More Blues and the Abstract Truth Oliver Nelson CD 8 UCCI-9151 4988005886309
Liberation Music Orchestra Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra Vinyl 8 AS-9183
Tauhid / Jewels of Thought Pharoah Sanders CD 5 06007 5363967 0600753639672
A Love Supreme, The Complete Masters (Super Deluxe Edition) John Coltrane 3×CD 6 + 11 + 5 B0023727-02 602547489470
Tranquility / Outertimeinnerspace Ahmad Jamal CD 12 06007 5363968 0600753639689
Chabrol Noir Ran Blake CD 17 0602547627520, 476 275-2 602547627520
Kalthoum Ibrahim Maalouf CD 7 474 969 6 602547496966
Red & Black Light Ibrahim Maalouf CD 8 475 667-7 602547566775
A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters John Coltrane 2×CD 6 + 11 A-77 602547489449
Take This Jacky Terrasson CD 11 B002246002 602547127488
Aria Sullivan Fortner CD 10 B0023963-02
D-Stringz Stanley Clarke, Biréli Lagrène, Jean-Luc Ponty CD 10 B0024114-02 602547575296
Thembi / Black Unity Pharoah Sanders CD 7 0600753639658
Book of Intuition Kenny Barron Trio CD 10 B0024648-02 602547778024
Notes From New York Bill Charlap Trio CD 9 B0024830-02 602547783882
Attica Blues Archie Shepp SHM-CD 10 UCCU-5615 4988031165225
Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins Duke Ellington & Coleman Hawkins SHM-CD 8 UCCU-5643 4988031165508
Mother Jacky Terrasson & Stéphane Belmondo Digital Media 14
Secular Hymns Madeleine Peyroux CD 10 B0025437-02 602557017014
Country for Old Men John Scofield CD 12 B0025610-02 602557088106
Country for Old Men John Scofield Digital Media 12
Time/Life Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra CD 5 0602547984807 602547984807
ABUC Roberto Fonseca CD 14 00602557092356 602557092356
ABUC Roberto Fonseca CD 14
Country for Old Men John Scofield CD 12 0602557088106 602557088106
Frescalalto Lee Konitz CD 8 0602557208733 602557208733
Emotional Dance Andrea Motis CD 14 0602557317947 602557317947
Emotional Dance Andrea Motis Digital Media 14
Emotional Dance Andrea Motis Digital Media 14 0602557345377
Charlie Watts Meets The Danish Radio Big Band Charlie Watts Meets The Danish Radio Big Band CD 7 0602557244779, 572 447-7 602557244779
The Passion of Charlie Parker Various Artists CD 12 602557421767
Uptown Downtown Bill Charlap Trio CD 9 B0027231-02 602557811032
Uptown, Downtown Bill Charlap Trio CD 9 477 838-3 602557811032
Your Queen Is a Reptile Sons of Kemet CD 9 00602567364351 602567364351
Your Queen Is a Reptile Sons of Kemet CD 9 B0027971-02 602567364351
Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album John Coltrane 2×CD 7 + 7 00602567492993 602567492993
Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (deluxe edition) John Coltrane 2×12" Vinyl 7 + 7 00602567493013 602567493013
Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album John Coltrane CD 7 00602567639251 602567639251
Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album John Coltrane CD 7 B0028227-02 602567639251
Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album John Coltrane 2×CD 7 + 7 B0028228-02 602567492993
Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album John Coltrane Digital Media 14
Long Ago and Far Away Charlie Haden & Brad Mehldau CD 6 B0029141-02 602567895008
1963: New Directions John Coltrane 3×CD 13 + 10 + 7
Untitled Original 11383 John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 2 B002898711 602567934516
A Day in the Life: Impressions of Pepper Various Artists CD 13 B0029115-01
Attica Blues Archie Shepp CD 10 0600753810040 600753810040
Four for Trane (( 5 Original Albums set )) Archie Shepp CD 5 06007 53829714
On This Night (( from the '5 Original Albums' set)) Archie Shepp CD 9 06007 53829721
Long Ago And Far Away Charlie Haden & Brad Mehldau CD 6 678 950 0 602567895008
Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery The Comet Is Coming Digital Media 9 00602577388378
Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery (iTunes) The Comet Is Coming Digital Media 9
Inception + Reaching Fourth McCoy Tyner Trio CD 12 060075334721 0600753347218
Out of the Cool The Gil Evans Orchestra CD 6 254 615-2 022925461520
Into the Hot The Gil Evans Orchestra CD 6 254 626-2 022925462626
Coltrane John Coltrane Quartet CD 6 A-21
The College Concert Pee Wee Russell and Henry “Red” Allen Vinyl 6 A-9137
The Quintessence Quincy Jones and His Orchestra 12" Vinyl 8 AS-11
The Blues and the Abstract Truth Bill Evans, Roy Haynes, Eric Dolphy, Oliver Nelson, Paul Chambers, Freddie Hubbard 12" Vinyl 6 AS-5 [none]
The Blues and the Abstract Truth Bill Evans, Roy Haynes, Eric Dolphy, Oliver Nelson, Paul Chambers, Freddie Hubbard CD 6 AS-5 602517448162
Alice Coltrane with Strings Alice Coltrane CD 5 AS-9218
Queen of the Organ Shirley Scott CD 9 GRP 11232
Expression John Coltrane Quartet 12" Vinyl 4 IM-9210-E
McCoy Tyner plays Ellington (Taken from remastered Impulse CD, dated 1997) McCoy Tyner CD 10 IMPD-216 011105021623
Ornette at 12 Ornette Coleman 12" Vinyl 4 IMPL 5011
Africa Brass, Volume 1 & 2 John Coltrane Quartet CD 6 MCAD-42001 076742200121
A Tribute to John Coltrane - Blues for Coltrane Various Artists CD 7 MCAD-42122 [none]
Coltrane John Coltrane Quartet CD 5 MCAD-5883 076732588321
Impulse! Now And Then Various Artists 2×CD 7 + 5
Interstellar Space John Coltrane Digital Media 6 [none]
Live at Pep's Volume Two Yusef Lateef Digital Media 9
Out of the Cool The Gil Evans Orchestra CD 5 076732565322