The House That Trane Built: The Story Of Impulse Records Ashley Kahn Hardcover; 338 pages ISBN: 978-0-393-05879-6 W.W. Norton & Company 2006
Collectors are a curious lot. Be it baseball cards or jazz records, those who dabble in amassing artifacts related to a particular infatuation will always have a story to tell about a favorite or rarity worthy of inclusion in any respectable collection. Making its debut during the early '60s, a fervent and productive period in jazz, the Impulse! label developed quite a reputation among collectors during its heyday, ...read more
From 1965-75, the Impulse! label was what Blue Note had been in the preceding decade--namely, the label that defined its era--but much of its back catalogue has been only fitfully available for years. The release of this four-CD set, plus a label biography and ten single-artist CD compilations, suggests that might be about to change.
If so, there's a thick, solid gold seam to mine. During one five-year period alone, Impulse! released over a hundred albums, and the innovations of its vanguard artists still resonate strongly with many contemporary musicians. If Impulse! is planning to emulate Blue Note's coherent and ...read more
Various Artists The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records Impulse! 2006
Your reaction to this four-CD box has a great deal to do with whether you give more emphasis to the main title, The House That Trane Built, or the subtitle, The Story of Impulse Records. If you want to follow the Impulse! story, this is a fine cherry-picking by jazz journalist Ashley Kahn of many of the high points of the '60s label. But that label was riddled by a major, delicious contradiction. While it was a magnet for African-American ...read more
The House That Trane Built: The Story Of Impulse Records Ashley Kahn Hardcover; 340 pages W.W. Norton & Co. Inc. 2006
Author Ashley Kahn's latest contribution to the documentation of jazz history is The House That Trane Built: The Story Of Impulse Records, a chronicle of the rise of Impulse Records in the '60s and '70s. Impulse Records occupied a unique place in the development of jazz for the sheer variety of its catalogue: During its 15-year run, Impulse issues represented every school of jazz, from swing and bebop to avant-garde and ...read more