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The Impulse Records Story: The House That Trane Built

An in-depth look at the genesis and development of the influential jazz record label

Impulse founder Creed Taylor talks to Freddie Hubbard in the late '60s
Impulse's Bob Thiele talks to John Coltrane at the 1963 recording of John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman
John Coltrane and Bob Thiele take a break from recording in Rudy Van Gelder's studio in the early 1960s
Bob Thiele signs Archie Shepp to an Impulse contract in 1964
Bob Thiele and Yusef Lateef

Never has one jazz label been so associated with one artist. As John Coltrane’s legend has grown, so has the legacy of Impulse Records. The label’s orange-and-black colors are as renowned as the wide range of music it has produced-from swing to the new thing.

The Vision Of Creed Taylor

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Ashley Kahn

Ashley Kahn is a Grammy-winning American music historian, journalist, producer, and professor. He teaches at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute for Recorded Music, and has written books on two legendary recordings—Kind of Blue by Miles Davis and A Love Supreme by John Coltrane—as well as one book on a legendary record label: The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records. He also co-authored the Carlos Santana autobiography The Universal Tone, and edited Rolling Stone: The Seventies, a 70-essay overview of that pivotal decade.