The house that Trane built: the story of Impulse Records

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Granta, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 338 pages
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From 1961 to '76, Impulse Records defined the shape of jazz - the label invited listeners in to an exciting and wide-ranging world of challenging, improvised music. It fully lived up to its motto of being 'The New Wave of Jazz'. The list of leaders Impulse recorded both mirrored and helped shape the diversity of the day: from Coleman Hawkins, Duke Ellington, Earl Hines, Benny Carter and Pee Wee Russell to Count Basie, Art Blakey, J. J. Johnson, Max Roach and Sonny Stitt. But the musician who dominated the entire label, Impulse's best-selling artist and most enduring point of recognition, was John Coltrane. By 1967, the year the celebrated saxophonist died aged 40, the label had already been dubbed 'The House that Trane Built'. Coltrane's distinctively dark, searching tone and frenetic delivery was reaching a wider range of ears than any other jazz player, save for his former boss Miles Davis. His Impulse albums sold tens of thousands and to many, Coltrane's sound provided Impulse a political legitimacy and spiritual aura that could never have been created by any marketing department. Ashley Kahn's new book is a celebration of the label and its artists.

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A great insight into a legendary label. - Goodreads
A well researched history of the Impulse Jazz Lable. - Goodreads
The book is very thoroughly researched. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Phil Overeem - Goodreads

Very informative, sent me record-hunting, great stories behind the making of key Impulse releases. Read full review

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User Review  - Matt - Goodreads

The nature of this meant it was a bit thin and safe - a bit like the modern style of documentary where everything is laid out with relentless foreshadowing. Good to discover some hidden stuff on Impulse, though. Read full review


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About the author (2006)

Ashley Kahn is journalist and editor. He lives in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

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