Impulse!

Impulse!

Profile:
1960 The Impulse! label was started as a jazz subsidiary of Am-Par Record Corp. under the direction of Creed Taylor and soon after the label's creation, Bob Thiele.
In the 60s the Canadian versions of the label were manufactured by Sparton Of Canada Ltd. and wear the Sparton Impulse! Records label.
1962 The company names changed to ABC-Paramount Records, Inc. - The Sparton Impulse! Records remains to mention Am-Par Record Corp. after the company name changed.
1967 A new change to ABC Records, Inc. In this period sometimes a second ABC Records brand appears on the label.
1974 Versions on the concentric label design from the 70s commonly displays the ABC Impulse! label brand.
It operated until 1979, though new recordings had stopped by 1977; it survived on with reissues.
1979 ABC was bought by MCA Records and Impulse! shut down along with all of the other ABC-affilated labels.

Impulse is known as The House That Trane Built because of John Coltrane's 1961-67 association with the label.

MCA revived the label mainly as a reissue imprint with a few new releases in the 1980s. It was reactivated as part of MCA-owned GRP with new artist signings including Diana Krall in the 1990s. Following a series of major label buy-outs and mergers, Impulse! is now part of the The Verve Music Group unit of the larger multi-national Universal Music Group where it is currently a reissue-only label.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year 
45-200 Ray Charles Let's Go / One Mint Julep(7", Single) Impulse! 45-200 US 1960 Sell This Version
45-202 Ray Charles I've Got News For You / I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town(7", Promo) Impulse! 45-202 US 1961 Sell This Version
45-203 The John Coltrane Quartet Greensleeves 45-203 US 1961 Sell This Version
A-1 J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding - The Great Kai & J. J. (Album) A-1 US 1961 Sell This Version
A-2 Ray Charles Genius + Soul = Jazz (Album) A-2 Netherlands 1961 Sell This Version
A-3 The Incredible Kai Winding Trombones* The Incredible Kai Winding Trombones (Album) A-3 US 1961 Sell This Version
A-4 The Gil Evans Orchestra* Out Of The Cool (Album) A-4 US 1961 Sell This Version
A-4-S The Gil Evans Orchestra* Out Of The Cool (Album) A-4-S US 1961 Sell This Version
A-5 Bill Evans / Roy Haynes / Eric Dolphy / Oliver Nelson / Paul Chambers (3) / Freddie Hubbard Bill Evans / Roy Haynes / Eric Dolphy / Oliver Nelson / Paul Chambers (3) / Freddie Hubbard - The Blues And The Abstract Truth (Album) A-5 US 1961 Sell This Version
A-5-S Bill Evans / Roy Haynes / Eric Dolphy / Oliver Nelson / Paul Chambers (3) / Freddie Hubbard Bill Evans / Roy Haynes / Eric Dolphy / Oliver Nelson / Paul Chambers (3) / Freddie Hubbard - The Blues And The Abstract Truth (Album) A-5-S US 1961 Sell This Version
A-6 The John Coltrane Quartet Africa / Brass (Album) A-6 France 1961 Sell This Version
A-6-S The John Coltrane Quartet Africa / Brass (Album) A-6-S US 1961 Sell This Version
A-7 Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers* !!!!! Impulse! Art Blakey! Jazz Messengers! !!!!! (Album) A-7 US 1961 Sell This Version
A-7-S Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Jazz Messengers!!!!!(LP, Album) Impulse! A-7-S Canada 1961 Sell This Version
A-8 Max Roach Percussion Bitter Sweet (Album) A-8 US 1961 Sell This Version
API 22111 Ray Charles One Mint Julep / Moanin'(7", Single) Artone, Impulse! API 22111 Netherlands 1961 Sell This Version
AS-1 J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding - The Great Kai & J. J. (Album) AS-1 Germany 1961 Sell This Version
AS-2 Ray Charles Genius + Soul = Jazz (Album) AS-2 US 1961 Sell This Version
AS-4 The Gil Evans Orchestra* Out Of The Cool (Album) AS-4 Europe 1961 Sell This Version
AS-5 Oliver Nelson The Blues And The Abstract Truth (Album) AS-5 US 1961 Sell This Version
AS-7 Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers (Album) AS-7 US 1961 Sell This Version
AS-8 Max Roach Percussion Bitter Sweet (Album) AS-8 Germany 1961 Sell This Version
AS-11 Quincy Jones And His Orchestra The Quintessence (Album) AS-11 US 1961 Sell This Version
EP AS-1 J.J.* & Kai* J.J.* & Kai* - The Great Kai & J. J.(7", EP, Jukebox) Impulse! EP AS-1 US 1961 Sell This Version
EPIM 5541 Ray Charles Genius + Soul = Jazz(7", EP) Impulse!, Artone EPIM 5541 Netherlands 1961 Sell This Version
EPIM 5542 Bill Evans / Roy Haynes / Eric Dolphy / Oliver Nelson / Paul Chambers (3) / Freddie Hubbard Bill Evans / Roy Haynes / Eric Dolphy / Oliver Nelson / Paul Chambers (3) / Freddie Hubbard - The Blues And The Abstract Truth #1(7", EP, Mono) Impulse! EPIM 5542 Netherlands 1961 Sell This Version
EPIM 5543 Bill Evans / Roy Haynes / Eric Dolphy / Oliver Nelson / Paul Chambers (3) / Freddie Hubbard Bill Evans / Roy Haynes / Eric Dolphy / Oliver Nelson / Paul Chambers (3) / Freddie Hubbard - The Blues And The Abstract Truth #2 (EP) EPIM 5543 Netherlands 1961 Sell This Version
EPIM 5547 Curtis Fuller Soul Trombone(7", EP) Impulse! EPIM 5547 Netherlands 1961 Sell This Version
EPIM 5549 Count Basie And The Kansas City Seven Oh, Lady Be Good(7") Impulse!, Artone EPIM 5549 Netherlands 1961 Sell This Version
HAS 2 Ray Charles Genius + Soul = Jazz(LP, Album) Impulse! HAS 2 Netherlands 1961 Sell This Version
IL-30084 J.J.* & Kai* J.J.* & Kai* - The Great Kai & J. J.(LP, Album, Mono, Gat) Impulse!, Impulse! IL-30084 Australia 1961 Sell This Version
IL-30,701 Bill Evans, Roy Haynes, Eric Dolphy, Oliver Nelson, Paul Chambers (3), Freddie Hubbard Bill Evans, Roy Haynes, Eric Dolphy, Oliver Nelson, Paul Chambers (3), Freddie Hubbard - The Blues And The Abstract Truth(LP, Mono) Impulse! IL-30,701 Australia 1961 Sell This Version
IMP 2 Ray Charles Genius + Soul = Jazz(LP, Album, Mono) Impulse! IMP 2 France 1961 Sell This Version
IMP 3 The John Coltrane Quartet Africa / Brass(LP, Album) Impulse!, Vega IMP 3 France 1961 Sell This Version
IMP 4 Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers(LP, Album, Mono) Impulse! IMP 4 France & Benelux 1961 Sell This Version
IMP 5 The Gil Evans Orchestra* Out Of The Cool(LP, Album) Impulse! IMP 5 France 1961 Sell This Version
IMP 45-202 Ray Charles I've Got News For You(7", Single, ) Impulse! IMP 45-202 US 1961 Sell This Version
IMP 55.001 Ray Charles Let's Go / I've Got News For You / Moanin' / From The Heart (EP) IMP 55.001 France 1961 Sell This Version
IMP 55.002 Ray Charles One Mint Julep(7", EP) Impulse!, Impulse! IMP 55.002 France 1961 Sell This Version
IMP 55.003 Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Alamode(7", EP) Impulse! IMP 55.003 France 1961 Sell This Version
ITC 302 The John Coltrane Quartet Africa / Brass(Reel, 4tr Stereo, Album) Impulse! ITC 302 US 1961 Sell This Version
MCA-29062 The Incredible Kai Winding Trombones* The Incredible Kai Winding Trombones (Album) MCA-29062 US 1961 Sell This Version
QELP 8036 The Gil Evans Orchestra* Out Of The Cool(LP, Album) Impulse! QELP 8036 Italy 1961 Sell This Version
SNY 3 The John Coltrane Quartet Africa / Brass(LP, Album, 200) Impulse! SNY 3 Japan 1961 Sell This Version
Stereo A-6 The John Coltrane Quartet Africa / Brass (Album) Stereo A-6 US 1961 Sell This Version
45-204 Curtis Fuller And The Jazz Clan Curtis Fuller And The Jazz Clan - The Clan(7") Impulse! 45-204 US 1962 Sell This Version
45-205 Larry Frazier After Six / Before Six (Single) 45-205 US 1962 Sell This Version
45-206 Quincy Jones The Quintessence / For Lena And Lennie (Single) 45-206 US 1962 Sell This Version
45-210 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Limbo Jazz(7", Single) Impulse! 45-210 US 1962 Sell This Version
45-211 Michael Brown (36) Starr Faithful's Last Letter / I Like A Fun'ral(7", Single) Impulse! 45-211 US 1962 Sell This Version
45-212 John Coltrane Quartet* / John Coltrane Trio John Coltrane Quartet* / John Coltrane Trio - Nancy (With The Laughing Face) / Up 'Gainst The Wall 45-212 US 1962 Sell This Version
45-214 Max Roach Lonesome Lover - Sunday Afternoon(7", Single) Impulse! 45-214 US 1962 Sell This Version
A-9 The Gil Evans Orchestra* Into The Hot (Album) A-9 US 1962 Sell This Version
A-10 Coltrane* "Live" At The Village Vanguard (Album) A-10 Philippines 1962 Sell This Version
A-10-S Coltrane* "Live" At The Village Vanguard (Album) A-10-S US 1962 Sell This Version
A-11 Quincy Jones And His Orchestra The Quintessence (Album) A-11 Japan 1962 Sell This Version
A-12 Benny Carter And His Orchestra Further Definitions (Album) A-12 US 1962 Sell This Version
A-12-S Benny Carter And His Orchestra Further Definitions(LP, Album) Impulse!, Impulse! A-12-S US 1962 Sell This Version
A-13 Curtis Fuller Soul Trombone And The Jazz Clan (Album) A-13 US 1962 Sell This Version
A-14 Milt Jackson Quartet* Statements (Album) A-14 US 1962 Sell This Version
A-15 Count Basie And The Kansas City 7* Count Basie And The Kansas City 7 (Album) A-15 US 1962 Sell This Version
A-16 Max Roach His Chorus And Orchestra It's Time (Album) A-16 US 1962 Sell This Version
A-17 Jackie Paris The Song Is Paris (Album) A-17 US 1962 Sell This Version
A-18 McCoy Tyner Trio Inception (Album) A-18 US 1962 Sell This Version
A-19 Manny Albam And His Orchestra Jazz Goes To The Movies(LP, Album, Mono) Impulse! A-19 US 1962 Sell This Version
A-20 Shelly Manne 2-3-4 (Album) A-20 US 1962 Sell This Version
A-21 The John Coltrane Quartette* Coltrane (Album) A-21 US 1962 Sell This Version
A-22 Curtis Fuller Cabin In The Sky (Album) A-22 US 1962 Sell This Version
A-23 Roy Haynes Quartet Out Of The Afternoon (Album) A-23 US 1962 Sell This Version
A-34 Coleman Hawkins Quartet Today And Now (Album) A-34 US 1962 Sell This Version
AS-13 Curtis Fuller Soul Trombone And The Jazz Clan (Album) AS-13 Canada 1962 Sell This Version
AS-14 The Milt Jackson Quartet Statements (Album) AS-14 US 1962 Sell This Version
AS-15 Count Basie And The Kansas City 7* Count Basie And The Kansas City 7 (Album) AS-15 US 1962 Sell This Version
AS-16 Max Roach His Chorus And Orchestra It's Time (Album) AS-16 Germany 1962 Sell This Version
AS-18 McCoy Tyner Trio Inception (Album) AS-18 US 1962 Sell This Version
AS -19 Manny Albam And His Orchestra Jazz Goes To The Movies (Album) AS -19 US 1962 Sell This Version
AS-20 Shelly Manne 2-3-4 (Album) AS-20 US 1962 Sell This Version
AS-21 The John Coltrane Quartette* Coltrane (Album) AS-21 Philippines 1962 Sell This Version
AS-22 Curtis Fuller Cabin In The Sky (Album) AS-22 US 1962 Sell This Version
AS-23 Roy Haynes Quartet Out Of The Afternoon (Album) AS-23 Germany 1962 Sell This Version
AS-26 Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins - Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins (Album) AS-26 US 1962 Sell This Version
EP AS-15 Count Basie And His Kansas City 7* Count Basie And His Kansas City 7(7", EP) Impulse! EP AS-15 US 1962 Sell This Version
EP AS-32 John Coltrane Quartet* Ballads(7", EP) Impulse! EP AS-32 US 1962 Sell This Version
EPIM 5546 Milt Jackson Quartet* Statements(7", Single, Mono) Impulse! EPIM 5546 Netherlands 1962 Sell This Version
EPIM 5548 John Coltrane Coltrane(7", EP) Impulse! EPIM 5548 Netherlands 1962 Sell This Version
HZ 224-02 Count Basie And The Kansas City Seven Count Basie And The Kansas City 7(7", MiniAlbum, Gat) Impulse!, Hispavox HZ 224-02 Spain 1962 Sell This Version
HZ 224-03 Benny Carter And His Orchestra Further Definitions(7", MiniAlbum, Gat) Impulse!, Hispavox HZ 224-03 Spain 1962 Sell This Version
IL-30783 Coltrane* "Live" At The Village Vanguard(LP, Album, Mono) Impulse! IL-30783 Australia 1962 Sell This Version
IL-30786 Quincy Jones And His Orchestra The Quintessence(LP, Album, Mono) Impulse! IL-30786 Australia 1962 Sell This Version
IL-30,893 Curtis Fuller Cabin In The Sky(LP, Album, Mono) Impulse! IL-30,893 Australia 1962 Sell This Version
IL-30894 Roy Haynes Quartet Out Of The Afternoon(LP, Album, Mono) Impulse! IL-30894 Australia 1962 Sell This Version
IMP 10 Coltrane* "Live" At The Village Vanguard(LP, Album, Mono) Impulse!, Vega IMP 10 France 1962 Sell This Version
IMP 15 Count Basie And The Kansas City 7* Count Basie And The Kansas City 7(LP, Album, Mono) Impulse! IMP 15 France 1962 Sell This Version
imp 18 McCoy Tyner Trio Inception(LP, Album) Impulse! imp 18 France 1962 Sell This Version
KSEP 3296 Count Basie And The Kansas City 7* Count Basie And The Kansas City 7(7", EP, Blu) Karusell KSEP 3296 Scandinavia 1962 Sell This Version
NY 5 Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers(LP, Album, Mono) Impulse! NY 5 Japan 1962 Sell This Version
NY 8 Milt Jackson Quartet* Statements(LP, Album, Mono) Impulse! NY 8 Japan 1962 Sell This Version
NY 11 Quincy Jones And His Orchestra The Quintessence(LP, Album, Mono) Impulse! NY 11 Japan 1962 Sell This Version
NY 13 Manny Albam And His Orchestra Jazz Goes To The Movies(LP, Album, Mono) Impulse! NY 13 Japan 1962 Sell This Version
P 632 070 L Coltrane* Die Neue Welle Im Jazz(LP, Album) Philips P 632 070 L Germany 1962 Sell This Version

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darknesstraveller

darknesstraveller

October 21, 2012
edited over 5 years ago
Various – ‘The Impulse! Summer Solstice ’71 Sampler’ (Impulse p/s LP, US ‘71)
littleweasel

littleweasel

September 7, 2010
Some information I have on Impulse! original vinyl pressings:

1961 - 1962: AM-PAR Record Corp. (does anyone know which is the last AM-PAR issue? At least A(S)-32 Ballads 1st pressing have Am-Par on label). Orange + black label, laminated gatefold cover
1962 - 1968: abc Paramount Records (which is the last issue with Paramount text?) Orange + black label, laminated gatefold cover
1968 - 19xx: abc Records have orange + black label, laminated gatefold cover
1970's issues have black + red rim label, laminated gatefold cover

Does anyone have more detailled information, on which point the records company name is changed?

In addition to these releases there are some Capitol club releases with orange+black label, abc Paramount text. At least Coltrane: Love Supreme and Live at Birdland.

February 9, 2008
I love looking at my CD shelf seeing the orange and black spines. Something very aestheticly pleasing about it. From the 60's to the early 70's Impulse! was jazz's hottest label. They had a solid artist, who was Coltrane, but they also kept bringing in jazz's hottest artists at the time as well. Max Roach, McCoy Tyner, Duke Ellington, and Charles Mingus just to name a few. When Impulse! started, glossy gatefold records wasn't a common thing in jazz and this gave them an image that still stands up today. I think they also helped open the worlds eyes to free jazz as well. The reissues that Impulse! has been coming out with are great and often feature great notes about the release and bonus tracks. Defiantly one of my favorite jazz label's and I recommend people check out the book "Impulse!: The House That Trane Built" if they want to know the full history. They spill the beans on everything that went down!