The House That Trane Built - The Story of Impulse Records [Box]

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Barnes & Noble - Ted Panken
In the program notes to The House That Trane Built: The Best of Impulse Records, producer Ashley Kahn remarks that the label “fit perfectly into the golden age of jazz, that brief window from the late Fifties to the Seventies when more jazz players than ever were alive and active, representing every era of the tradition.” The author of a readable, well-researched history of Impulse (with the identical title) that generated this companion four-CD set, Kahn proves the point, presenting a tasting menu of the label’s many stylistic flavors. He sequences chronologically and idiosyncratically, opening with selections from the five masterpiece albums that launched Impulse in ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ted Panken
In the program notes to The House That Trane Built: The Best of Impulse Records, producer Ashley Kahn remarks that the label “fit perfectly into the golden age of jazz, that brief window from the late Fifties to the Seventies when more jazz players than ever were alive and active, representing every era of the tradition.” The author of a readable, well-researched history of Impulse (with the identical title) that generated this companion four-CD set, Kahn proves the point, presenting a tasting menu of the label’s many stylistic flavors. He sequences chronologically and idiosyncratically, opening with selections from the five masterpiece albums that launched Impulse in 1961 (Gil Evans's Out of the Cool; Oliver Nelson's Stolen Moments; John Coltrane's Africa/Brass; Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers!!!!!; Benny Carter's Further Definitions) and concludes with commercial fusion in 1976 (John Handy, Hard Work). In between, we hear choice cuts from the legends of mainstream (Count Basie, Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Earl Hines, Clark Terry, Paul Gonsalves, Pee Wee Russell), modernist pace-setters (Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, Roy Haynes, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Chico Hamilton, Gabor Szabo, Yusef Lateef, Ahmad Jamal, and Keith Jarrett), and avatars of the free jazz-inspired “New Thing” (Archie Shepp, Albert Ayler, Pharaoh Sanders, Alice Coltrane, Charlie Haden, and Gato Barbieri). To distill a catalog as diverse as that of Impulse into 38 tracks is a Sisyphean task, and Kahn offers “apologies for all inexcusable omissions.” These include masterpieces from the likes of Ornette Coleman, Johnny Hodges, Duke Ellington Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra, Sam Rivers, Dewey Redman, and Marion Brown. (Had Kahn represented Pharaoh Sanders with a track of reasonable length and not the 32:45 “The Creator Has a Master Plan,” he might have found room for some of these.) And although his decision not to over-represent John Coltrane is laudable, the absence of anything from Crescent is felt. But we’ll excuse Kahn -- his good taste and deep feeling for the zeitgeist are apparent throughout this well-paced, entertaining document.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records is a four-disc set, compiled and annotated by author Ashley Kahn who wrote the book of the same name being published concurrently with its release. Impulse's great run was between 1961 and 1976 -- a period of 15 years that ushered in more changes in jazz than at any other point in the music's history. Impulse began recording in the last weeks of 1960, with Ray Charles, Kai Windig /J.J. Johnson, and Gil Evans. While Impulse experimented with 45s 33 1/3 EPs, cassettes, and reel to reel tapes later in its existence, it was--and this set focuses on-- it was the music on its LPs with distinct orange and black packaging in gatefold sleeves containing copious notes that helped to set them apart. Impulse was dedicated to ushering in the new and controversial, but also sought to showcase established artists from the tradition maintaining the jazz lineage who continued to work and develop. While the label is certainly associated more closely with John Coltrane than any other of its artists Coltrane also acted as an ad hoc A&R man, it nonetheless established and forwarded the careers of dozens of jazzers. The discs are arranged chronologically. Disc one begins with Gil Evans and his reading of "Where Flamingos Fly" from Out of the Cool, issued in 1961. Other big-band moments on this disc include Oliver Nelson's "Stolen Moments" from Blues and the Abstract Truth, and Coltrane's reading of "Greensleeves" from his Africa Brass issue. These three albums alone present very different large band approaches to jazz, and the number of established and up-and-coming names who played on them is staggering: Budd Johnson, Ron Carter, Elvin Jones, Charlie Persip, Eric Dolphy, Bill Evans, Roy Haynes, Freddie Hubbard, Paul Chambers, Julius Watkins, Julian Priester, Booker Little, McCoy Tyner, Reggie Workman, and more. Bob Thiele, the label's house producer and A&R man, is equally responsible. He was a visionary, open to any and all changes in the music; also in his favor was a healthy ambivalence toward the music business itself. Other headline acts in those early years included Art Blakey, Ben Webster, Benny Carter, Coleman Hawkins, Count Basie, Johnny Hartman, and Charles Mingus, just to name a few. The first two discs highlight these tracks, along with music by Chico Hamilton, Freddie Hubbard, Paul Gonsalves, Haynes, and Yusef Lateef very well. Disc two moves through the issue of Coltrane's A Love Supreme--the label's defining moment-- and one of its early vanguard signings in Archie Shepp. Shirley Scott and Pee Wee Russell are also represented with tracks from 1963 and 1964. But here is also where the problems begin for those who wish to quibble we all have our wishes for what should have made the cut. Sun Ra is nowhere in sight. His Space Is The Placeis a crowning moment for him--it should be stated, that this album is a reissue of material that originally appeared on his own El Saturn label in various forms, but its best, and most complete presentation was on Impulse. Likewise, Cecil Taylor, Max Roach, and Quincy Jones are not represented here. Organizationally, the presentation is wonderful but difficult too--and to be fair, who wouldn't run into problems trying to assemble something definitive like this--is that while the box includes four discs, there are ten single-disc overviews of the label's major artists. And most of them have multiple cuts on the box, creating a great deal of repetition. Coltrane would be the noteworthy exception to this, but it's difficult to reason why anyone else should have multiple selections in this collection If they hadn't, obviously, there would have been room for other artists that recorded for the label as well. Realistically, one can almost bet that budgetary and licensing issues prevailed. Discs three and four focus deeply on the new and vanguard jazz with offerings by Trane, Alice Coltrane, Shepp, Albert Ayler, Chico O'Farrill, Charlie Haden, Keith Jarrett, Gato Barbieri, and Pharoah Sanders -- represented here by his 32-minute classic "The Creator Has a Master Plan"that also appears on his signature volume. While it can successfully be argued that Sanders' selection could have been chosen differently to make room for other Impulse artists, the fact that Kahn picked the one tune most closely associated with him is commendable. There is great balance on the latter two discs, with cuts from albums by Ahmad Jamal, John Handy, Gabor Szabo, Sonny Rollins, and Clark Terry showcased in the mix. Still, one wonders how Ornette Coleman, Milt Jackson, Dizzy Gillespie, Tom Scott, Mal Waldron, and Gary McFarland could not be included? That list of personal quibbles and questions goes on and on. But the hardest thing for a fan to bear is not having a single track by Sam Rivers, Dewey Redman, or Marion Brown included. All three men did most important work as leaders for the label. Arguably, Rivers should have had his own volume in the signature series as well. Again, admittedly, it was a tough call making cuts in a roster as varied and important as Impulse's was. Including tracks by a number of lesser-known acts who have never had material issued on CD would have been a nice touch as well, like the Brotherhood, Clifford Coulter, Sonny Criss, or the American Quartet. Some of these, of course, are quibbles, others are puzzling, while still a few others seem inexcusable. But there are only four discs here. Hopefully Mr. Khan and Verve might agree in the future that a second, multi-volume box should be released. All of that said, the inclusion of Walk With Me from Alice Coltrane's magnificent comeback, Translinear Light is here. The track was released in 2004 on Impulse. It appears that Verve does indeed reserve the right to release music on the label that fits the post-John Coltrane aesthetic. The House That Trane Built is a solid overview of a label that was simply mystifying in tis vision and spot-on in its choices for documenting the many changes in jazz history. Kahn's project--both the music and his fine book, are worthwhile for any jazz listener to investigate.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/6/2006
  • Label: Impulse Records
  • UPC: 602498562833
  • Catalog Number: 000668002


Disc 1
  1. 1 Where Flamingos Fly - Gil Evans (5:14)
  2. 2 Stolen Moments - Oliver Nelson (8:48)
  3. 3 Greensleeves - John Coltrane (10:00)
  4. 4 Alamode - Art Blakey (6:49)
  5. 5 Honeysuckle Rose - Benny Carter (3:53)
  6. 6 Trey of Hearts - Count Basie (3:45)
  7. 7 Samba Para Bean - Coleman Hawkins (5:28)
  8. 8 Too Young to Go Steady - John Coltrane (4:24)
  9. 9 Snap Crackle (4:13)
  10. 10 Chocolate Shake (3:59)
  11. 11 Impressions (4:36)
  12. 12 Theme for Lester Young (Aka "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat") (5:50)
Disc 2
  1. 1 My One and Only Love - Johnny Hartman (4:57)
  2. 2 Salt and Pepper - Sonny Stitt (7:52)
  3. 3 Forest Flower - Sunrise/Forest Flower - Sunset - Chico Hamilton (10:37)
  4. 4 T 'N' a Blues - McCoy Tyner (4:06)
  5. 5 Someone to Watch Over Me - Ben Webster (4:31)
  6. 6 Sister Mamie - Yusef Lateef (5:29)
  7. 7 A Love Supreme, Pt. 1: Acknowledgement - John Coltrane (7:45)
  8. 8 Rapid Shave - Shirley Scott (8:30)
  9. 9 Olvidados - John Coltrane (8:56)
  10. 10 Ask Me Now! - Pee Wee Russell (2:28)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Black and Tan Fantasy - Earl Hines (5:14)
  2. 2 Alfie's Theme - Sonny Rollins (9:45)
  3. 3 Spanish Rice - Chico O'Farrill (2:47)
  4. 4 Mama Too Tight - Archie Shepp (5:25)
  5. 5 Gypsy Queen - Gabor Szabo (5:14)
  6. 6 Larry of Arabia - Chico Hamilton (5:12)
  7. 7 Our Prayer - Albert Ayler (4:48)
  8. 8 Offering - John Coltrane (8:27)
  9. 9 Journey in Satchidananda - Alice Coltrane (6:37)
  10. 10 War Orphans - Charlie Haden (6:42)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Stolen Moments - John Coltrane (6:30)
  2. 2 The Creator Has a Master Plan - Pharoah Sanders (32:48)
  3. 3 India - Gato Barbieri (8:57)
  4. 4 The Rich (And the Poor) - Keith Jarrett (9:26)
  5. 5 Hard Work - John Coltrane (6:59)
  6. 6 Walk with Me - Alice Coltrane (7:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rashied Ali Drums
Cat Anderson Trumpet
Albert Ayler Tenor Saxophone
Gato Barbieri Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Count Basie Piano
Carla Bley Piano
Marion Brown Alto Saxophone
Ron Carter Bass
Joe Chambers Drums
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
Johnny Coles Trumpet
Larry Coryell Guitar
Ted Curson Trumpet
Richard Davis Bass
Eric Dolphy Flute, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Booker Ervin Tenor Saxophone
Bill Evans Piano
Tommy Flanagan Piano, Vocals, Claves
Curtis Fuller Trombone
John Gilmore Tenor Saxophone
Paul Gonsalves Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Green Guitar
Henry Grimes Bass
Chico Hamilton Drums
Beaver Harris Drums
Billy Hart Drums
Earl Hines Piano
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone
Ahmad Jamal Piano
Keith Jarrett Piano, Osidrum
Budd Johnson Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Elvin Jones Percussion, Drums
Hank Jones Piano
Jo Jones Drums
Philly Joe Jones Drums
Thad Jones Trumpet
Roger Kellaway Piano
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Stritch, Manzello
Jimmy Knepper Trombone
Melba Liston Trombone
Booker Little Trumpet
Charles Lloyd Tenor Saxophone
Michael Mantler Trumpet
Cecil McBee Bass
Charles Mingus Bass
Lee Morgan Trumpet
Ray Nance Trumpet
Oliver Nelson Conductor, Tenor Saxophone
Mike Nock Piano
Walter Perkins Drums
Julian Priester Euphonium
Dewey Redman Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Tambourine
Jerome Richardson Baritone Saxophone
Perry Robinson Clarinet
Sonny Rollins Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Rouse Tenor Saxophone
Roswell Rudd Trombone
Pee Wee Russell Clarinet
Shirley Scott Organ
Archie Shepp Tenor Saxophone
Wayne Shorter Conductor, Tenor Saxophone
Lonnie Liston Smith Piano
James Spaulding Flute
Sonny Stitt Tenor Saxophone
Frank Strozier Alto Saxophone
Gabor Szabo Guitar
Leon Thomas Percussion, Vocals
Bobby Timmons Piano
Stanley Turrentine Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Turrentine Trumpet
Cedar Walton Piano
Julius Watkins French Horn
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
John "Captain John" Handy Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Harold Ashby Tenor Saxophone
Aaron Bell Bass
Major Holley Bass
Reggie Johnson Bass
Dick Katz Piano
Chuck Rainey Electric Bass
Ernie Royal Trumpet, Fluer Gemanat
Grady Tate Drums
Ray Crawford Guitar
Ed Jones Bass
Grachan Moncur III Trombone
Willie Rodriguez Percussion
Phil Sunkel Trumpet
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone
Russell Procope Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Garrison Bass
Chano Pozo Percussion
Butch Warren Bass
Britt Woodman Trombone
Bob Cranshaw Bass
Walter Booker Bass
Jymie Merritt Bass
Jamil Nasser Bass
Albert Stinson Bass
Sonny Greer Drums
George Duvivier Bass
Yusef Lateef Tambourine, Shenai
Jeff "Tain" Watts Drums
McCoy Tyner Piano
Edward Armour Trumpet
Bob Ashton Tenor Saxophone
Donald Ayler Trumpet
Danny Bank Baritone Saxophone
Billy Barber Tuba
Everett Barksdale Guitar
Hotep Cecil Barnard Keyboards
George Barrow Baritone Saxophone
Ronnie Bedford Drums
Benny Carter Alto Saxophone
Nat Bettis Percussion
James Black Drums
Art Blakey Drums
Willie Bobo Percussion
Sam T. Brown Guitar, Thumb Piano
Eddie "Bongo" Brown Conga
Marshall Brown Valve Trombone
James Buffington French Horn
Kenny Burrell Guitar
Garvin Bushell Reeds, Piccolo
Don Butterfield Tuba
Jaki Byard Piano
Eddie Caine Flute, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone
Paul Chambers Bass
Clark Terry Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals
Alice Coltrane Piano, Harp
Howard Collins Guitar
John Coltrane Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Donald Corrado French Horn
Harry Cykman Strings
Eric Dixon Flute
Frankie Dunlop Drums
Arnold Eidus Strings
Gil Evans Piano, Conductor
Ernie Farrow Bass
Otis Finch Drums
Bill Folwell Bass
Guilherme Franco Percussion
James Gadson Drums
Barry Galbraith Guitar
James Genus Bass
Russell George Bass
Charles "Majeed" Greenlee Euphonium
Charlie Haden Bass
Dick Hafer Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Hamilton Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Harry Lookofsky Strings
Johnny Hartman Vocals
Ernie Hayes Organ
Roy Haynes Drums
Freddie Hubbard Trumpet
Julius Held Strings
Milt Hinton Bass
J.J. Johnson Trombone
Danny Johnson Percussion
Osie Johnson Drums
Keg Johnson Trombone
Harry Katzman Strings
Eddie Locke Drums
Frank Malabé Percussion
Charles McCracken Strings
Paul Motian Drums
Robert "Brother Ah" Northern French Horn
Chico O'Farrill Conductor, Vocals
Joseph Orange Trombone
Gene Orloff Strings
Victor Pantoja Percussion
Pat Patrick Baritone Saxophone
Sonny Payne Drums
Charlie Persip Percussion
Raoul Poliakin Strings
Eddie Preston Trumpet
Reggie Workman Bass
Bobby Rosengarden Percussion
Pharoah Sanders Percussion, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Majid Shabazz Tambourine, Bells
Morris Stonzek Strings
Tony Studd Bass Trombone
Bob Tricarico Flute, Bassoon, Soprano Saxophone
Frank Wess Alto Flute
Phil Woods Alto Saxophone
Snooky Young Trumpet, Fluer Gemanat
Antonio Pantoja Quena, erkencho, Sikus
Adalberto Cevasco Electric Bass
Domingo Cura Bombo
Raul Mercado Quena
Amadeo Monges Arpa India
Quelo Palacios Acoustic Guitar
Sol Shapiro Strings
Joe Newman Quartet Trumpet, Fluer Gemanat
Mike Hoffmann Electric Guitar
Robert Swisshelm French Horn
Julio Cruz Percussion
Richard Gene Williams Trumpet
John Collins Guitar
Lawrence D. Brown Trombone
Howard Glover "Johnny" Johnson Tuba
Michel Samson Violin
Frank Gaht Drums
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Carla Bley Arranger
Larry Coryell Composer
Curtis Fuller Composer
Paul Gonsalves Composer
Keith Jarrett Composer
Thad Jones Arranger, Composer
Charles Mingus Composer
Oliver Nelson Arranger, Composer
Sonny Rollins Composer
Archie Shepp Composer
Wayne Shorter Arranger
Sonny Stitt Composer
Gabor Szabo Composer
Leon Thomas Composer
Fats Waller Composer
Dave Burns Composer
John Benson Brooks Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Harold Courlander Composer
Bubber Miley Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Yusef Lateef Composer
McCoy Tyner Arranger
Manny Albam Arranger, Composer
Donald Ayler Composer
Clark Terry Composer
Ornette Coleman Composer
Alice Coltrane Composer
John Coltrane Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Gil Evans Arranger
Ira Gershwin Composer
Roy Haynes Composer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Chico O'Farrill Arranger, Composer
Pharoah Sanders Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Bob Irwin Mastering
Hollis King Art Direction
Harold Adamson Composer
Robert Mellin Composer
Guy Wood Composer
Ashley Kahn Liner Notes
Traditional Composer
Jayme Pieruzzi Mastering
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