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
Africa / Brass John Coltrane Quartet 12" Vinyl 3 MCA-42231
A Jazz Message Art Blakey Quartet 12" Vinyl 6 MCA 5648
On Impulse! Sonny Rollins 12" Vinyl 5 MCA-5655 076732565513
Count Basie and the Kansas City 7 Count Basie and The Kansas City Seven 12" Vinyl 8 MCA-5656
The Blues and the Abstract Truth Oliver Nelson 12" Vinyl 6 MCA-5659 076732565919
A Love Supreme John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 3 MCA-5660 011105015516
John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman 12" Vinyl 6 MCA-5661 076732566114
Fivin' Around Henry Butler 12" Vinyl 10 MCA-5707
From the Original Master Tapes John Coltrane CD 7 MCAD-5541 076732554128
Sonny Rollins on Impulse! Sonny Rollins CD 5 MCAD-5565 JVC-458 076732565520
Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins Duke Ellington & Coleman Hawkins CD 8 MCAD-5650 07673256502
Count Basie and the Kansas City 7 Count Basie and the Kansas City 7 CD 8 MCAD-5656 076732565629
A Love Supreme John Coltrane CD 3 MCAD-5660 JVC-467 076732566022
Day In - Night Out Mike Metheny CD 8 mcad-5755 076732575529
The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (MCA early cd issue with different cover) Charles Mingus CD 4 [none] 076732564929
Michael Brecker Michael Brecker CD 7 MCAD-5980 076732508022
A Love Supreme John Coltrane CD 3 32XD-595 4988014329736
Ballads John Coltrane Quartet CD 8 254 607-2 022925460721
Ascension John Coltrane CD 1 254 618-2 022925461827
Treasure Island Keith Jarrett CD 8 254 623-2 022925462329
The Blues and the Abstract Truth Oliver Nelson CD 6 254 631-2 022925463128
Byablue Keith Jarrett CD 7 254 632-2 022925463227
In Greenwich Village Albert Ayler CD 4 254 635-2 022925463524
More Blues and the Abstract Truth Oliver Nelson CD 10 254 643-2
The Mastery of John Coltrane, Volume 3: Jupiter Variation John Coltrane CD 4 254 649-2
Ascension John Coltrane CD 2 254 745-2 022925474520
More Blues and the Abstract Truth Oliver Nelson CD 10 32XD-618
A Love Supreme John Coltrane CD 3 DMCL 1648, MCD 01648 5011781164824
The Village Henry Butler 2×12" Vinyl 5 + 5 MCA2-8023
Thembi Pharoah Sanders 12" Vinyl 6 MCA-5860
Coltrane The John Coltrane Quartet 12" Vinyl 5 MCA-5883 076732588314
Ballads John Coltrane Quartet 12" Vinyl 8 MCA-5885 076732588512
Jazz Messengers Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers 12" Vinyl 6 MCA-5886 076732588611
Impressions John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 4 MCA-5887
More Blues and the Abstract Truth Oliver Nelson 12" Vinyl 8 MCA-5888 076732588819
Crescent John Coltrane Quartet 12" Vinyl 5 MCA 5889
Byablue Keith Jarrett CD 7 MCAD 10648, MCD 10648 008811064822
The Great Kai & J.J. Kai Winding & J.J. Johnson CD 11 MCAD-42012 076742201227
Thembi Pharoah Sanders CD 6 MCAD-5860 076732586020
Ballads John Coltrane Quartet CD 8 MCAD-5885 076732588529
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers CD 6 MCAD-5886 076732588628
Impressions John Coltrane CD 4 MCAD-5887 076732588727
Impressions John Coltrane CD 4 MCD 05887 076732588727
Crescent John Coltrane Quartet CD 5 MCD 05889 076732588925
Meditations John Coltrane CD 2 022925462121
Don't Try This at Home Michael Brecker CD 8 MCAD 42229 076742222925
Duke Ellington & John Coltrane Duke Ellington & John Coltrane CD 7 MCAD-39103 076741910328
Duke Ellington & John Coltrane Duke Ellington & John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 7 MCA-39103
I Just Dropped by to Say Hello Johnny Hartman 12" Vinyl 11 MCA-39105 076741910519
Treasure Island Keith Jarrett CD 8 MCA-39106 076741910625
Treasure Island Keith Jarrett 12" Vinyl 8 MCA-39106
The Great Kai & J.J. Kai & J.J. 12" Vinyl 11 MCA-39109 076741910915
Endlessly Dizzy Gillespie 12" Vinyl 8 MCA-42153
Inception McCoy Tyner Trio 12" Vinyl 6 MCA-42233
Album of the Year Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers CD 6 MCAD 33103 076741310326
Into the Hot The Gil Evans Orchestra CD 6 MCAD-39104 076741910427
I Just Dropped by to Say Hello Johnny Hartman CD 11 MCAD-39105 076741910526
Om John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 2 MCA-39118 076741911813
Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Charles Mingus CD 7 MCAD-39119 076741911929
Karma Pharoah Sanders 12" Vinyl 3 MCA-39122 076741912216
Streams Sam Rivers 12" Vinyl 6 MCA-39120 076741912018
Fire Music Archie Shepp 12" Vinyl 5 MCA-39121 076741912117
Chapter One: Latin America Gato Barbieri 12" Vinyl 5 MCA-39124
Journey in Satchidananda Alice Coltrane CD 5 MCAD-33119 076741311927
"Live" at the Village Vanguard John Coltrane CD 3 MCAD-39136 076741913626
Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Charles Mingus CD 8 WMC5-125
Live in Japan John Coltrane 4×CD 2 + 1 + 2 + 1 GRD4102 011105010221
Sound Pieces Oliver Nelson CD 8 GRP 11032 011105110327
The Gentle Side of John Coltrane John Coltrane CD 13 GRD107 011105010726
Love Cry Albert Ayler CD 11 GRD108 011105010825
"Live" at the Village Vanguard 11-03 & 05-1961 Coltrane 2×CD 4 + 2 MVCI-23004, MVCI-23005 4988067003232
2-3-4 Shelly Manne CD 7 AS-20, MVCI-23031
Attica Blues Archie Shepp CD 10 MVCI-23038 4988067003522
Sound Pieces Oliver Nelson CD 8 AS-9129 011105010320
Love Cry Albert Ayler CD 11 GRP 11082 011105110822
Death and the Flower Keith Jarrett CD 3 MCD 29046 076742904623
The Quintessence Quincy Jones and His Orchestra CD 8 MVCI-23030 [none]
Interstellar Space John Coltrane CD 6 011105111027
Live at the Village Vanguard John Coltrane (unknown) 4
New Thing at Newport John Coltrane / Archie Shepp CD 7 011105010528
Chapter Three: Viva Emiliano Zapata Gato Barbieri CD 6 GRD-111 011105011129
The Major Works of John Coltrane John Coltrane 2×CD 2 + 3 GRD2113 011105011327
Silence Keith Jarrett CD 11 GRD117 011105011723
First Meditations (for quartet) John Coltrane CD 6 GRD-118 011105011822
Sun Ship John Coltrane CD 5 MVCI-23058
A John Coltrane Retrospective: The Impulse! Years John Coltrane 3×CD 5 + 10 + 9 GRD3119 011105011921
Sing a Song of Basie Lambert, Hendricks & Ross CD 10 GRP 11122 011105111225
The Major Works of John Coltrane John Coltrane 2×CD 2 + 3 GRP 21132 011105211321
That's the Way It Is Milt Jackson Quintet feat. Ray Brown CD 6 MCAD-33112 076741311224
Things Have Got to Change Archie Shepp CD 3 MVCI-23081 [none]
Dear Old Stockholm John Coltrane CD 5 GRD120 011105012027
See You at the Fair Ben Webster CD 12 GRD121 011105012126
Percussion Bitter Sweet Max Roach CD 6 GRD122 011105012225
Queen of the Organ Shirley Scott CD 9 GRD123
Transition John Coltrane CD 4 GRD124 011105012423
Man From Two Worlds Chico Hamilton CD 11 GRD127 011105012720
Newport '63 John Coltrane CD 4 GRD128 011105012829
Tauhid Pharoah Sanders CD 3 GRD129 011105012928
Freeflight Ahmad Jamal CD 5 011105013321
Expression John Coltrane CD 5 GRD131 011105013123