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

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Annotation

"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
Live at Birdland John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 5 A 50
For Members Only Shirley Scott 12" Vinyl 8 A 51
After the Lights Go Down Low and Much More!!! Freda Payne 12" Vinyl 12 A 53
Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Charles Mingus Vinyl 7 A 54
Tell It the Way It Is! Paul Gonsalves Vinyl 6 A 55
Jazz 'Round the World Yusef Lateef 12" Vinyl 10 A 56
I Just Dropped by to Say Hello Johnny Hartman Vinyl 11 A 57
Take It From Me Terry Gibbs Vinyl 8 A 58
Man From Two Worlds Chico Hamilton Vinyl 7 A 59
Mingus Plays Piano Charles Mingus Vinyl 11 A 60
Everybody Knows Johnny Hodges 12" Vinyl 8 A 61
Alexandria the Great Lorez Alexandria Vinyl 10 A 62
Today and Tomorrow McCoy Tyner Vinyl 6 A 63
The Happy Horns of Clark Terry Clark Terry Vinyl 8 A 64
See You at the Fair Ben Webster Vinyl 9 A 65
Crescent John Coltrane Quartet 12" Vinyl 5 A 66
Great Scott!! Shirley Scott Vinyl 9 A 67
Jazz 'N' Samba Milt Jackson 12" Vinyl 9 A 70
Four for Trane Archie Shepp 12" Vinyl 5 A 71 [none]
The Definitive Jazz Scene, Volume 1 Various Artists 12" Vinyl 10 A 99
The Body & The Soul Freddie Hubbard Vinyl 9 AS 38
Gordon Jenkins Presents My Wife the Blues Singer Beverly Jenkins Vinyl 10 AS 44
A Jazz Message Art Blakey Quartet 12" Vinyl 6 AS 45
Point of Departure Gary McFarland Vinyl 7 AS 46
Soul Sisters Gloria Coleman feat. Pola Roberts Vinyl 6 AS 47
Live at Newport McCoy Tyner 12" Vinyl 5 AS 48
Illumination! Elvin Jones & Jimmy Garrison Sextet Vinyl 6 AS 49
Live at Birdland John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 5 AS 50 [none]
For Members Only Shirley Scott Vinyl 8 AS 51
Salt and Pepper Sonny Stitt & Paul Gonsalves Vinyl 5 AS 52
After the Lights Go Down Low and Much More!!! Freda Payne Vinyl 12 AS 53
Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Charles Mingus 12" Vinyl 7 AS 54
Tell It the Way It Is! Paul Gonsalves Vinyl 6 AS 55
Jazz 'Round the World Yusef Lateef Vinyl 10 AS 56
Take It From Me Terry Gibbs Vinyl 8 AS 58
Man From Two Worlds Chico Hamilton 12" Vinyl 7 AS 59
Mingus Plays Piano Charles Mingus Vinyl 11 AS 60
Everybody Knows Johnny Hodges Vinyl 8 AS 61
Everybody Knows Johnny Hodges Johnny Hodges Vinyl 8 AS-61
Alexandria the Great Lorez Alexandria Vinyl 10 AS 62
Today and Tomorrow McCoy Tyner Vinyl 6 AS 63
The Happy Horns of Clark Terry Clark Terry Vinyl 8 AS 64
See You at the Fair Ben Webster Vinyl 9 AS 65
Crescent John Coltrane Quartet 12" Vinyl 5 AS 66
Great Scott!! Shirley Scott 12" Vinyl 9 AS 67
Jazz 'N' Samba Milt Jackson Vinyl 9 AS 70
Four for Trane Archie Shepp 12" Vinyl 5 AS-71 [none]
The Definitive Jazz Scene, Volume 1 Various Artists Vinyl 10 AS 99
Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Charles Mingus 12" Vinyl 7 MCA-39119 076741911912
The Definitive Jazz Scene, Volume 2 Various Artists 12" Vinyl 9 A 100
Proof Positive J.J. Johnson 12" Vinyl 6 A 68
Live at Pep's Yusef Lateef 12" Vinyl 7 A 69 [none]
My Fair Lady Loves Jazz Billy Taylor Trio Vinyl 8 A 72
Everybody Loves a Lover Shirley Scott 12" Vinyl 7 A 73
The Voice That Is! Johnny Hartman Vinyl 11 A 74
More Blues and the Abstract Truth Oliver Nelson 12" Vinyl 8 A 75
More of the Great Lorez Alexandria Vinyl 10 A 76
A Love Supreme (mono) John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 3 A 77
You Better Know It!!! Lionel Hampton 12" Vinyl 9 A 78 [none]
McCoy Tyner Plays Ellington McCoy Tyner 12" Vinyl 7 A 79
Happiness The Russian Jazz Quartet 12" Vinyl 6 A 80
Queen of the Organ Shirley Scott Vinyl 5 A 81
Chic* Chic Chico Chico Hamilton 12" Vinyl 8 A 82
Sing a Song of Basie Lambert, Hendricks & Ross Vinyl 10 A 83
The John Coltrane Quartet Plays John Coltrane Quartet Vinyl 4 A 85
Fire Music Archie Shepp 12" Vinyl 5 A 86
Dear John C. Elvin Jones 12" Vinyl 9 A 88
Inspired Abandon Lawrence Brown Vinyl 8 A 89
The New Wave in Jazz Various Artists Vinyl 5 A 90
The Definitive Jazz Scene, Volume 3 Various Artists 12" Vinyl 8 A 9101
Ascension (Edition II) John Coltrane Vinyl 2 A 95
Ascension (Edition I) John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 2 A 95
"In" Jazz for the Culture Set Dannie Richmond Vinyl 9 A 98
The Definitive Jazz Scene, Volume 2 Various Artists Vinyl 9 AS 100
Proof Positive J.J. Johnson Vinyl 6 AS 68
Live at Pep's Yusef Lateef 12" Vinyl 7 AS 69, AS-69
My Fair Lady Loves Jazz Billy Taylor Trio Vinyl 8 AS 72
Everybody Loves a Lover Shirley Scott Vinyl 7 AS 73
The Voice That Is! Johnny Hartman 12" Vinyl 11 AS 74
More Blues and the Abstract Truth Oliver Nelson 12" Vinyl 8 AS 75
More of the Great Lorez Alexandria Vinyl 10 AS 76
A Love Supreme (stereo) John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 3 AS 77 [none]
You Better Know It!!! Lionel Hampton 12" Vinyl 9 AS 78
McCoy Tyner Plays Ellington McCoy Tyner Vinyl 7 AS 79
Happiness The Russian Jazz Quartet 12" Vinyl 6 AS 80
Queen of the Organ Shirley Scott Vinyl 5 AS 81
Chic* Chic Chico Chico Hamilton Vinyl 8 AS 82
Sing a Song of Basie Lambert, Hendricks & Ross Vinyl 10 AS 83
The John Coltrane Quartet Plays John Coltrane Quartet Vinyl 4 AS 85
Fire Music Archie Shepp 12" Vinyl 5 AS 86
Dear John C. Elvin Jones Vinyl 9 AS 88
Inspired Abandon Lawrence Brown Vinyl 8 AS 89
The New Wave in Jazz Various Artists Vinyl 5 AS 90
Sonny Rollins on impulse! Sonny Rollins Vinyl 5 AS 91
The Definitive Jazz Scene, Volume 3 Various Artists Vinyl 8 AS 9101
New Thing at Newport John Coltrane / Archie Shepp 12" Vinyl 6 AS-94
Ascension (Edition II) John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 2 AS 95
Ascension (Edition I) John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 2 AS 95
"In" Jazz for the Culture Set Dannie Richmond 12" Vinyl 9 AS 98
Ask Me Now! Pee Wee Russell Vinyl 11 A 96