The Impulse! Albums, Vol. 1

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
As part of its Originals series, the Verve Music Group has begun reissuing -- at a budget price -- the Impulse! recordings of John Coltrane in box set form, as well as single-disc titles. This first volume focuses on some seminal entries from 1961 and 1962. In chronological order they are Africa/Brass, Live at the Village Vanguard, Coltrane, Duke Ellington & John Coltrane, and Ballads. Keep in mind that these are newly remastered -- yet again and one suspects they are the Japanese remasters issued here for the first time -- and present the albums as they originally appeared. In other words, if you bought The Complete Africa/Brass Sessions, this is a step back in material...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
As part of its Originals series, the Verve Music Group has begun reissuing -- at a budget price -- the Impulse! recordings of John Coltrane in box set form, as well as single-disc titles. This first volume focuses on some seminal entries from 1961 and 1962. In chronological order they are Africa/Brass, Live at the Village Vanguard, Coltrane, Duke Ellington & John Coltrane, and Ballads. Keep in mind that these are newly remastered -- yet again and one suspects they are the Japanese remasters issued here for the first time -- and present the albums as they originally appeared. In other words, if you bought The Complete Africa/Brass Sessions, this is a step back in material since there are no bonus tracks and it is the Africa/Brass album as it appeared in 1961. The same goes for Live at the Village Vanguard, which has already been treated to its own box set, and here is the CD version of the original LP. There are arguments both ways. The more critical view is that once you give someone something you can't take it away again as Blue Note did with its Ultimate Blue Trane edition, which was pared back for its Rudy Van Gelder remaster. The other argument is purely economic: how many times do you need to purchase the same recording? There are no extra liners here or any kind of booklet, merely the albums as they appeared in a single budget-priced box with all the original liner notes. It's a tidy solution, and for those who did not purchase these recordings already, this is a great way to dig into the Coltrane legacy. For others it may be a head scratcher, or a budget buster. Addressing the latter quandary, the argument is simple: sound. These are the best-sounding reissues of these records listeners have ever gotten in the United States.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2007
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602517488328
  • Catalog Number: 001013502
  • Sales rank: 85,526

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Africa (6:28)
  2. 2 Greensleeves (2:38)
  3. 3 Blues Minor (7:22)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Spiritual (13:49)
  2. 2 Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise (6:39)
  3. 3 Chasin' the Trane (16:11)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Out of This World (14:06)
  2. 2 Soul Eyes (5:26)
  3. 3 The Inch Worm (6:19)
  4. 4 Tunji (6:33)
  5. 5 Miles' Mode (7:31)
Disc 4
  1. 1 In a Sentimental Mood - Duke Ellington (4:17)
  2. 2 Take the Coltrane - Duke Ellington (4:44)
  3. 3 Big Nick - Duke Ellington (4:30)
  4. 4 Stevie - Duke Ellington (4:25)
  5. 5 My Little Brown Book - Duke Ellington (5:22)
  6. 6 Angelica - Duke Ellington (5:58)
  7. 7 The Feeling of Jazz - Duke Ellington (5:29)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Say It (Over and Over Again) (4:18)
  2. 2 You Don't Know What Love Is (5:15)
  3. 3 Too Young to Go Steady (4:23)
  4. 4 All or Nothing at All (3:39)
  5. 5 I Wish I Knew (4:54)
  6. 6 What's New (3:47)
  7. 7 It's Easy to Remember (2:49)
  8. 8 Nancy (With the Laughing Face) (3:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Coltrane Primary Artist, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Art Davis Bass, Performing Ensemble
Eric Dolphy Flute, Bass Clarinet, Conductor, Alto Saxophone, Performing Ensemble
Elvin Jones Drums
Booker Little Trumpet, Performing Ensemble
Julian Priester Euphonium, Performing Ensemble
Julius Watkins French Horn, Performing Ensemble
Aaron Bell Bass
Jimmy Garrison Bass
Britt Woodman Trombone, Performing Ensemble
McCoy Tyner Piano
Carl Bowman Euphonium, Performing Ensemble
James Buffington French Horn, Performing Ensemble
Garvin Bushell Reeds, Piccolo, Performing Ensemble
Donald Corrado French Horn, Performing Ensemble
Duke Ellington Piano
Charles "Majeed" Greenlee Euphonium, Performing Ensemble
Freddie Hubbard Trumpet, Performing Ensemble
Robert "Brother Ah" Northern French Horn, Performing Ensemble
Pat Patrick Baritone Saxophone, Performing Ensemble
Reggie Workman Bass
Sam Woodyard Drums
Robert Swisshelm French Horn, Performing Ensemble
Billy Ray Barber Tuba, Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Sigmund Romberg Composer
Mal Waldron Composer
Bob Haggart Composer
Gene Lees Liner Notes
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Bobby Troup Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
McCoy Tyner Arranger
Johnny Burke Composer
John Coltrane Composer
Stanley Dance Liner Notes
Gene DePaul Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Mack Gordon Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Nat Hentoff Liner Notes
Jack Lawrence Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Don Raye Composer
Phil Silvers Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Creed Taylor Producer
Bob Thiele Producer, Author
James Van Heusen Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Todd Whitelock Mastering
Dom Cerulli Liner Notes
Hollis King Art Direction
Joe Lebow Liner Design
Harold Adamson Composer
Arthur Altman Composer
Robert Flynn Cover Design
Traditional Composer
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