The House That Trane Built: The Best of Impulse Records

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Given that these tracks were taken from the four-disc box set House That Trane Built: Best of Impulse Records to accompany Ashley Kahn's excellent book of the same name, it is difficult to place this music in context given its diversity (a goal from the jump at Impulse). It does give an overview of the avant-garde side of the label with tracks by John and Alice Coltrane, Archie Shepp, and Albert Ayler. It is balanced with cuts by Art Blakey and Earl Hines, Oliver Nelson, John Handy, and Charles Mingus. The sequencing is troublesome and problematic: placing Hines' read of Duke Ellington's "Black and Tan Fantasy" after Albert Ayler's "Our Prayer" is just plain strange, as is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Given that these tracks were taken from the four-disc box set House That Trane Built: Best of Impulse Records to accompany Ashley Kahn's excellent book of the same name, it is difficult to place this music in context given its diversity (a goal from the jump at Impulse). It does give an overview of the avant-garde side of the label with tracks by John and Alice Coltrane, Archie Shepp, and Albert Ayler. It is balanced with cuts by Art Blakey and Earl Hines, Oliver Nelson, John Handy, and Charles Mingus. The sequencing is troublesome and problematic: placing Hines' read of Duke Ellington's "Black and Tan Fantasy" after Albert Ayler's "Our Prayer" is just plain strange, as is John Handy's funky "Hard Work" after Alice's "Journey in Satchidananda" (and these are the last four cuts on the disc).The most beautiful transition here is from Mingus' "Theme for Lester Young (Goodbye Pork Pie Hat)" to the first section of John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme." Given its length of only 61 minutes, it is truly puzzling that more music wasn't added to shed further light on Impulse's range. There's nothing here by Gil Evans, Chico Hamilton, Gabor Szabo, Gary McFarland, Tom Scott, Pharoah Sanders, or Ben Webster, and the reason, on the surface at least, is inexplicable. This is the only truly shoddy volume in the set.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/6/2006
  • Label: Impulse Records
  • UPC: 602498783917
  • Catalog Number: 000674402
  • Sales rank: 15,730

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rashied Ali Drums
Cat Anderson Trumpet
Albert Ayler Tenor Saxophone
Marion Brown Alto Saxophone
Joe Chambers Drums
Ted Curson Trumpet
Eric Dolphy Flute, Alto Saxophone
Booker Ervin Tenor Saxophone
Bill Evans Piano
Curtis Fuller Trombone
Paul Gonsalves Tenor Saxophone
Henry Grimes Bass
Beaver Harris Drums
Earl Hines Piano
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone
Elvin Jones Drums
Cecil McBee Bass
Charles Mingus Bass
Lee Morgan Trumpet
Ray Nance Trumpet
Oliver Nelson Tenor Saxophone
Walter Perkins Drums
Jerome Richardson Baritone Saxophone
Pee Wee Russell Clarinet
Archie Shepp Tenor Saxophone
Wayne Shorter Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Timmons Piano
John "Captain John" Handy Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Harold Ashby Tenor Saxophone
Aaron Bell Bass
Reggie Johnson Bass
Chuck Rainey Electric Bass
Russell Procope Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Garrison Bass
Britt Woodman Trombone
Jymie Merritt Bass
Sonny Greer Drums
McCoy Tyner Piano
Donald Ayler Trumpet
Hotep Cecil Barnard Keyboards
George Barrow Baritone Saxophone
Art Blakey Drums
Eddie "Bongo" Brown Conga
Don Butterfield Tuba
Jaki Byard Piano
Paul Chambers Bass
Alice Coltrane Harp
John Coltrane Tenor Saxophone
Bill Folwell Bass
James Gadson Drums
Dick Hafer Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Hamilton Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Roy Haynes Drums
Freddie Hubbard Trumpet
Mike Hoffman Electric Guitar
Joseph Orange Trombone
Eddie Preston Trumpet
Pharoah Sanders Percussion, Soprano Saxophone
Majid Shabazz Tambourine, Bells
Richard Gene Williams Trumpet
Lawrence D. Brown Trombone
Michel Samson Violin
Technical Credits
Curtis Fuller Composer
Charles Mingus Composer
Oliver Nelson Composer
Archie Shepp Composer
Bubber Miley Composer
Donald Ayler Composer
Alice Coltrane Composer
John Coltrane Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Bob Irwin Mastering
Hollis King Art Direction
Ashley Kahn Liner Notes
Jayme Pieruzzi Mastering
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