First Impulse: The Creed Taylor Collection 50th Anniversary

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
At a time when the traditional "gatekeepers" of the record business seem to be giving way to a D.I.Y. free-for-all in the digital Internet era, the Universal Music Group (ironically through its Verve imprint) here boxes the first six LPs released by Impulse Records, then a newly formed jazz label, in 1961, all produced by initial label head Creed Taylor, who departed the company (for Verve, then part of rival MGM) just as the last of the six was coming out. Taylor, as annotator Ashley Kahn and Taylor himself make clear in the liner notes, was the auteur of these half-dozen albums, even if he didn't actually play on them. Unlike Blue Note or Prestige, Impulse was never ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
At a time when the traditional "gatekeepers" of the record business seem to be giving way to a D.I.Y. free-for-all in the digital Internet era, the Universal Music Group (ironically through its Verve imprint) here boxes the first six LPs released by Impulse Records, then a newly formed jazz label, in 1961, all produced by initial label head Creed Taylor, who departed the company (for Verve, then part of rival MGM) just as the last of the six was coming out. Taylor, as annotator Ashley Kahn and Taylor himself make clear in the liner notes, was the auteur of these half-dozen albums, even if he didn't actually play on them. Unlike Blue Note or Prestige, Impulse was never a true independent; it was formed as a jazz subsidiary of ABC-Paramount to be Taylor's custom label, after he had demonstrated an ability to make commercially successful jazz records. And he did that with the first Impulse albums, particularly Ray Charles' Genius + Soul = Jazz, with its hit single "One Mint Julip." (The box set includes the first CD release of the mono mix actually heard on the 45 rpm single.) He also introduced some excellent straight-ahead jazz with the trombone collections The Great Kai & J.J. and Brand New, Swinging Together Again by Kai Winding and J.J. Johnson, and The Incredible Kai Winding Trombones. Progressive big-band jazz was heard on the Gil Evans Orchestra's Out of the Cool and Oliver Nelson's Blues and the Abstract Truth. And Taylor's last album for Impulse was John Coltrane's first: Africa/Brass. (The only previously unreleased tracks on the box set are three brief rehearsal tidbits from before the Africa/Brass sessions.) All credit for the music itself redounds to the musicians, of course. But this collection poses the question whether the music would ever have been made if it hadn't been for visionary record executive/producers such as Creed Taylor (and Bob Thiele, who succeeded him at Impulse, not to mention Blue Note's Alfred Lion and Prestige's Bob Weinstock, among others). Certainly, it wouldn't have been made in the same way, and these albums demonstrate what a loss that might have been.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/19/2011
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • UPC: 602527532240
  • Catalog Number: 001496202
  • Sales rank: 236,858

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 This Could Be the Start of Something - Kai Winding (3:13)
  2. 2 Georgia On My Mind - Kai Winding (3:52)
  3. 3 Blue Monk - Kai Winding (4:31)
  4. 4 Judy - Kai Winding (4:07)
  5. 5 Alone Together - Kai Winding (3:37)
  6. 6 Side By Side - Kai Winding (3:07)
  7. 7 I Concentrate On You - Kai Winding (4:03)
  8. 8 Moonglow/Theme From Picnic - Kai Winding (4:05)
  9. 9 Trixie - Kai Winding (5:12)
  10. 10 Going, Going, Gong! - Kai Winding (3:09)
  11. 11 Just For a Thrill - Kai Winding (3:25)
  12. 12 Speak Low - Kai Winding (4:07)
  13. 13 Lil Darlin' - Kai Winding (4:07)
  14. 14 Doodlin' - Kai Winding (3:36)
  15. 15 Love Walked In - Kai Winding (2:56)
  16. 16 Mangos - Kai Winding (3:46)
  17. 17 Impulse - Kai Winding (3:14)
  18. 18 Black Coffee - Kai Winding (4:09)
  19. 19 Bye, Bye Blackbird - Kai Winding (4:02)
  20. 20 Michie - Kai Winding (3:06)
  21. 21 Michie - Kai Winding (3:49)
Disc 2
  1. 1 From the Heart - Ray Charles (3:36)
  2. 2 I've Got News For You - Ray Charles (4:33)
  3. 3 Moanin' - Ray Charles (3:20)
  4. 4 Let's Go - Ray Charles (2:45)
  5. 5 One Mint Julep - Ray Charles (3:09)
  6. 6 I'm Gonna Move To the Outskirts of Town - Ray Charles (3:46)
  7. 7 Stompin' Room Only - Ray Charles (3:49)
  8. 8 Mister C - Ray Charles (4:34)
  9. 9 Strike Up the Band - Ray Charles (2:40)
  10. 10 Birth of the Blues - Ray Charles (5:19)
  11. 11 La Nevada - Gil Evans Orchestra (15:38)
  12. 12 Where Flamingos Fly - Gil Evans Orchestra (5:14)
  13. 13 Bilbao Song - Gil Evans Orchestra (4:13)
  14. 14 Stratusphunk - Gil Evans Orchestra (8:04)
  15. 15 Sunken Treasure - Gil Evans Orchestra (4:16)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Stolen Moments - Oliver Nelson (8:47)
  2. 2 Hoe-Down - Oliver Nelson (4:44)
  3. 3 Cascades - Oliver Nelson (5:31)
  4. 4 Yearnin' - Oliver Nelson (6:24)
  5. 5 Butch and Butch - Oliver Nelson (4:36)
  6. 6 Teenie's Blues - Oliver Nelson (6:40)
  7. 7 Africa - John Coltrane Quartet (16:28)
  8. 8 Greensleeves - John Coltrane Quartet (10:01)
  9. 9 Blues Minor - John Coltrane Quartet (7:22)
Disc 4
  1. 1 One Mint Julep - Ray Charles (3:06)
  2. 2 Sister Sadie - Gil Evans Orchestra (6:58)
  3. 3 Song of the Underground Railroad - John Coltrane Quartet (6:43)
  4. 4 Greensleeves - John Coltrane Quartet (10:53)
  5. 5 The Damned Don't Cry - John Coltrane Quartet (7:37)
  6. 6 Africa - John Coltrane Quartet (14:09)
  7. 7 Africa - John Coltrane Quartet (16:05)
  8. 8 Laura - Brass Rehearsal Band (3:01)
  9. 9 Nakatine Serenade - Brass Rehearsal Band (1:35)
  10. 10 The Damned Don't Cry - Brass Rehearsal Band (3:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ray Charles Organ
Ron Carter Bass, String Bass
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
Art Davis Bass
Eric Dolphy Flute, Bass Clarinet, Conductor, Alto Saxophone
Bill Evans Piano, Rhythm Section
Urbie Green Trombone
Al Grey Trombone
Budd Johnson Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Elvin Jones Percussion, Drums
Thad Jones Trumpet
Jimmy Knepper Trombone, Tenor Trombone
Booker Little Trumpet
Billy Mitchell Tenor Saxophone
Oliver Nelson Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Joe Newman Trumpet
Julian Priester Euphonium
Marshall Royal Alto Saxophone
Art Taylor Drums, Rhythm Section
Ross Tompkins Piano
Julius Watkins French Horn
Seldon Powell Tenor Saxophone
Joe Wilder Trumpet
Ray Crawford Guitar
Johnny Messner Tenor Trombone
Phil Sunkel Trumpet
Britt Woodman Trombone
Bob Cranshaw String Bass
McCoy Tyner Piano
George Barrow Baritone Saxophone
Al Beldini Drums
Joe Benjamin Bass
Carl Bowman Euphonium
Eddie Caine Flute, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone
Paul Chambers Bass, Rhythm Section
Clark Terry Trumpet
Henry Coker Trombone
John Coltrane Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Donald Corrado French Horn
George Dorsey Alto Saxophone
Gil Evans Piano, Conductor
Sticks Evans Drums
Paul Faulise Bass Trombone
Frank Foster Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes Baritone Saxophone
John Frosk Trumpet
Philip Guilbeau Trumpet
Roy Haynes Drums, Rhythm Section
Haywood Henry Baritone Saxophone
Freddie Hubbard Trumpet
Sam Herman Guitar
Keg Johnson Trombone
Dick Lieb Bass Trombone
George Matthews Trombone
Robert "Brother Ah" Northern French Horn
Jimmy Nottingham Trumpet
Pat Patrick Baritone Saxophone
Sonny Payne Drums
Charlie Persip Percussion
Benny Powell Trombone
Reggie Workman Bass
Ray Starling Mellowphone
Tony Studd Bass Trombone
Bob Tricarico Flute, Bassoon, Piccolo
Earle Warren Alto Saxophone
Frank Wess Alto Saxophone
Kai Winding Tenor Trombone
Tommy Williams Bass, Rhythm Section
Eddie Jones Bass
Robert Swisshelm French Horn
Bill Barber Tuba
Freddy Green Guitar
Ray Beckenstein Flute, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone
Eugene Young Trumpet
John Coles Trumpet
Jimmy Buffington French Horn
Charles Greenlee Euphonium
Ephie Resnick Tenor Trombone
Garvin Buschell Reeds, Piccolo
Technical Credits
Steve Allen Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Ray Charles Composer
Quincy Jones Arranger
Oliver Nelson Arranger, Composer, Original Liner Notes
Horace Silver Composer
Bobby Timmons Composer
Ralph Burns Arranger
Neal Hefti Composer
Dick Katz Original Liner Notes
Irving Mills Composer
John Benson Brooks Composer
Cal Massey Composer
Tom Stewart Original Liner Notes
Harold Courlander Composer
Bertolt Brecht Composer
Ogden Nash Composer
McCoy Tyner Arranger
Lil Armstrong Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Sonny Burke Composer
John Coltrane Arranger, Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Howard Dietz Composer
Gil Evans Arranger, Composer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
George Russell Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Will Hudson Composer
J.J. Johnson Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Cole Porter Composer
David Raksin Composer
Don Raye Composer
Kevin Reeves Mastering
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Creed Taylor Producer, Liner Notes
Rudy Toombs Composer
Paul Webster Composer
Kai Winding Composer
George Duning Composer
Dom Cerulli Original Liner Notes
Joe Lebow Liner Design
Mort Dixon Composer
Harry Woods Composer
Sid Wayne Composer
El Thea Composer
Ray Alfred Composer
Ashley Kahn Liner Notes
Traditional Composer
Michele Horie Art Direction
Andrew Skurow Vault Research
Roy Jacobs Composer
Pete Turner Cover Design
Howard Marks Composer
Dee Libbey Composer
William Weldon Composer
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