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
Transition John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 3 AS-9195
Ptah, the El Daoud Alice Coltrane 12" Vinyl 4 AS-9196
Liberation Music Orchestra Charlie Haden 12" Vinyl 8 AS-9183 [none]
For Losers Archie Shepp 12" Vinyl 5 AS-9188
Memphis Jackson Milt Jackson with The Ray Brown Big Band 12" Vinyl 10 AS-9193 [none]
Memphis Jackson Milt Jackson with The Ray Brown Big Band Vinyl 10 AS-9193
Memphis Jackson Milt Jackson 12" Vinyl 9 AS-9193
The Awakening The Ahmad Jamal Trio 12" Vinyl 7 AS 9194
Deaf, Dumb, Blind: Summun, Bukmun, Umyun Pharoah Sanders 12" Vinyl 2 AS 9199
Trespass Genesis 12" Vinyl 6 AS-9205 [none]
Live in Seattle John Coltrane feat. Pharoah Sanders 2×12" Vinyl 3 + 3 AS-9202-2 [none]
Journey in Satchidananda Alice Coltrane 12" Vinyl 5 AS-9203
Thembi Pharoah Sanders 12" Vinyl 6 AS-9206
Mel Brown's Fifth Mel Brown 12" Vinyl 8 AS-9209
Universal Consciousness Alice Coltrane 12" Vinyl 6 AS-9210
Sun Ship John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 5 AS 9211
Things Have Got to Change Archie Shepp 12" Vinyl 6 AS-9212 [none]
Do It Now, Worry About It Later Clifford Coulter 12" Vinyl 7 AS-9216
Antelope Freeway Howard Roberts Quartet Vinyl 10
Art Blakey & His Jazz Messengers Art Blakey 12" Vinyl 6 A-7 [none]
Sonny Rollins on impulse! Sonny Rollins 12" Vinyl 5 A-91 [none]
The Spirit of '67 Pee Wee Russell And Oliver Nelson and His Orchestra 12" Vinyl 10 AS-9147
Constant Throb John Klemmer 12" Vinyl 8 AS-9214
Spirit Dance Michael White 12" Vinyl 7 AS-9215
Freeflight Ahmad Jamal 12" Vinyl 5 AS-9217
World Galaxy Alice Coltrane With Strings 12" Vinyl 5 AS-9218
Black Unity Pharoah Sanders 12" Vinyl 2 AS-9219
Waterfalls John Klemmer 12" Vinyl 8 AS-9220
Pneuma Michael White 12" Vinyl 8 AS-9221
Attica Blues Archie Shepp 12" Vinyl 10 AS 9222
Lord of Lords Alice Coltrane 12" Vinyl 5 AS-9224
Infinity John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 4 AS-9225
Outertimeinnerspace Ahmad Jamal 12" Vinyl 3 AS 9226, AS-9226
Live at the East Pharoah Sanders 12" Vinyl 3 AS-9227, SMAS-94885 [none]
Live at the East Pharoah Sanders Vinyl 4 AS-9227
Wisdom Through Music Pharoah Sanders 12" Vinyl 5 AS-9233 [none]
Astro Black Sun Ra 12" Vinyl 4 AS-9255 [none]
Waterfalls John Klemmer CD 8 MCAD-33123 076741312320
The Land of Spirit and Light Michael White 12" Vinyl 7 9241
The Cry of My People Archie Shepp 12" Vinyl 8 AS-9231 [none]
Reflection on Creation and Space (A Five Year View) Alice Coltrane 2×12" Vinyl 8 + 7 AS-9232
Reevaluation: The Impulse Years Charles Mingus 2×12" Vinyl 7 + 7 AS-9234-2
Tranquility Ahmad Jamal 12" Vinyl 9 AS-9238 [none]
Atlantis Sun Ra and His Astro Infinity Arkestra Vinyl 5 AS-9239
Fort Yawuh Keith Jarrett 12" Vinyl 4 AS-9240
The Magic City Sun Ra 12" Vinyl 4 AS-9243
Intensity John Klemmer 12" Vinyl 7 AS-9244
Concert in Japan John Coltrane 2×12" Vinyl 3 + 3 AS-9246
En Medio Gary Saracho 12" Vinyl 5 AS 9247 [none]
The Ear of the Behearer Dewey Redman 12" Vinyl 7 AS-9250 [none]
Streams Sam Rivers 12" Vinyl 6 AS-9251 [none]
Village of the Pharoahs Pharoah Sanders 12" Vinyl 7 AS-9254
Village of the Pharoahs Pharoah Sanders Vinyl 7 AS-9254
Ellingtonia - Reevaluations: The Impulse Years Various Artists 2×12" Vinyl 10 + 8 AS-9256-2
Reevaluations: The Impulse Years Albert Ayler 2×12" Vinyl 7 + 4 AS 9257-2
Reevaluations: The Impulse Years Coleman Hawkins 2×12" Vinyl 8 + 8 AS-9258-2 [none]
Elevation Pharoah Sanders Vinyl 5 AS-9261
Fate in a Pleasant Mood Sun Ra and his Myth Science Arkestra 12" Vinyl 7 AS-9270
Liberation Music Orchestra Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra (unknown) 8 MCAD-39125
Chapter One: Latin America Gato Barbieri (unknown) 5
Geechee Recollections Marion Brown Vinyl 8
The Nubians of Plutonia Sun Ra and his Myth Science Arkestra 12" Vinyl 7 AS-9242
Kwanza Archie Shepp 12" Vinyl 5 AS-9262 [none]
Father Music, Mother Dance Michael White 12" Vinyl 6 AS-9268
Magic and Movement John Klemmer 12" Vinyl 8 AS-9269
Super-Sonic Sounds Sun Ra and His Arkestra 12" Vinyl 12 AS-9271
Treasure Island Keith Jarrett 12" Vinyl 8 AS-9274 [none]
Sweet Earth Flying Marion Brown 12" Vinyl 8 AS-9275
Interstellar Space John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 4 ASD 9277
Love in Us All Pharoah Sanders Vinyl 2 ASD-9280
Go With the Flow Michael White 12" Vinyl 7 ASD-9281
Crystals Sam Rivers 12" Vinyl 6 ASD-9286
Backhand Keith Jarrett CD 4
Chapter Two: Hasta Siempre Gato Barbieri (unknown) 6
Bad & Beautiful Sun Ra and His Arkestra 12" Vinyl 7 ASD-9276
Death and the Flower Keith Jarrett 12" Vinyl 3 ASD-9301 [none]
Hues Sam Rivers Vinyl 10 IMPL 8007
Chapter Four: Alive in New York Gato Barbieri Vinyl 4 IMPL 8008
The Other Village Vanguard Tapes John Coltrane 2×Vinyl 3 + 3 AIMPL 25013
Hard Work John Handy 12" Vinyl 7 ASD-9314
Sizzle Sam Rivers 12" Vinyl 4 ASD 9316 [none]
Metamorphosis Wade Marcus 12" Vinyl 8 ASD-9318
Shades Keith Jarrett 12" Vinyl 4 [none]
Carnival John Handy 12" Vinyl 8 AS-9324
The Other Village Vanguard Tapes John Coltrane 2×Vinyl 3 + 3 AS-9325
The Joy of Sax Sonny Criss 12" Vinyl 7 AS-9326
First Meditations (for quartet) John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 5 AS-9332
Change Change Change: Live at the Roxy Les McCann Vinyl 7 AS 9333
Second Night In Tokyo John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 7 YB-8508
The African Connection Hugh Masekela 2×12" Vinyl 5 + 5 IA-9342, IA-9343
The Dedication Series, Volume XII: The Live Trio Sessions Sam Rivers CD 9 IA 9352-2
Further Fire Music Archie Shepp 12" Vinyl 11 IA-9357/2
The Mastery of John Coltrane, Vol. III: Jupiter Variation John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 4 IA-9360
The Mastery of John Coltrane, Vol. I: Feelin’ Good John Coltrane 2×12" Vinyl 4 + 4 IZ 9345/2
The Mastery of John Coltrane, Vol. II: To the Beat of a Different Drum John Coltrane 2×12" Vinyl 4 + 4 IZ 9346/2
The Mastery of John Coltrane, Vol. IV: Trane’s Modes John Coltrane 2×12" Vinyl 4 + 4 IZ-9361/2
The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (Japanese vinyl reprint from the early 80s) Charles Mingus 12" Vinyl 4 AS-35
Impressions John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 4 AS-42
John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman CD 7 [none] 076732566121
John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman CD 6 [none] 076732566121