New ‘2-on-1’ Series Reintroduces Classic Impulse! Albums

Mingus, Hubbard, Jarrett, Stitt and others included in new two-fer reissues

(This piece originally published on March 12, 2012.)

Impulse!/Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) has released a new series of reissues, each CD combining two classic albums from the Impulse! catalog. Included in this first batch in the “2-on-1” series are releases from Alice Coltrane, Blue Mitchell, Charles Mingus, Chico Hamilton, Clark Terry, Freddie Hubbard, Howard Roberts, John Handy, Keith Jarrett, Marion Brown, Mel Brown, Michael White, Sonny Criss, Sonny Stitt and a group featuring arranger Oliver Nelson working with pianists Hank Jones and Steve Allen. The series includes many worldwide CD premieres.

The releases are:

Alice ColtraneHuntington Ashram Monastery / World Galaxy
Blue MitchellAfrican Violet / Summer Soft
Charles MingusThe Black Saint and the Sinner Lady / Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus
Chico HamiltonEl Chico / The Further Adventures Of El Chico
Clark TerryThe Happy Horns of Clark Terry / It’s What’s Happenin’
Freddie HubbardThe Artistry Of Freddie Hubbard / The Body & The Soul
Howard RobertsAntelope Freeway / Equinox Express Elevator
John HandyHard Work / Carnival
Keith JarrettMysteries / Shades
Marion BrownGeechee Recollections / Sweet Earth Flying
Mel BrownThe Wizard / Blues For We
Michael WhiteSpirit Dance / Pneuma
Oliver Nelson with Hank Jones & Steve AllenHappenings / Soulful Brass
Sonny CrissThe Joy of Sax / Warm & Sonny
Sonny Stitt Now! / Salt and Pepper

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