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Various Artists - Impulse Records: Music, Message And The Moment (Impulse! Records)


RELEASED: 14th May 2021

Format:  Limited Edition 4 x Black Vinyl LP
Cat No:  3567187
Format:  2 x CD
Cat No:  3567186

Orange and black. Fire and ebony. Fury and pride. Wearing its signature colours proudly and raising its exclamation point high, Impulse! Records was the go-to label for music that harnessed the searching and political stand-taking of the Sixties. Launched in 1961, Impulse grew to become an inherent part of the era’s velocity as well as its volume, pulling jazz into the age of Black Power, Afrocentricity, and Spiritual Expansion.

In its balance of tradition and transition, it bridged the golden age of jazz, that brief window from the late Fifties to the Seventies when players representing every jazz era were alive and active—from Louis Armstrong to Albert Ayler, from the legends of lore to a new generation of energy players. Impulse treated all its musicians as innovators, revolutionaries even—from swing and bebop, to free and Afrofuturist.

The performances on Impulse Records: Music, Message and the Moment draw their staying power from a wide embrace of styles and sounds, as well as a tight focus on a historic moment when the promise of change was in the air and the message of racial harmony was in the music. Today that music has lost none of its relevance: the promise still deferred, the message still on time.


LP 1:
Side 1
1. The John Coltrane Quartet — Africa 
Side 2
1. Max Roach — Garvey's Ghost 
2. Quincy Jones and his Orchestra — Hard Sock Dance 
3. John Coltrane — Up 'Gainst the Wall 
4. Elvin Jones/Jimmy Garrison Sextet — Just Us Blues

LP 2
Side 1
1. John Coltrane — Alabama 
2. Charles Mingus — Better Get Hit in Yo' Soul 
3. Shirley Scott Trio — Freedom Dance 
4. Yusef Lateef — Sister Mamie 
Side 2
1. Archie Shepp — Malcolm, Malcolm—Semper Malcolm 
2. Stanley Turrentine — Good Lookin' Out
3. Earl Hines — Black and Tan Fantasy
4. Oliver Nelson — The Rights of All

LP 3
Side 1
1. Pharoah Sanders — The Creator Has a Master Plan (edit) 
2. John Coltrane & Alice Coltrane — Reverend King
Side 2
1. The Ahmad Jamal Trio — The Awakening 
2. Albert Ayler — Music Is the Healing Force of the Universe 
3. Charlie Haden — We Shall Overcome 

LP 4
Side 1
1. Alice Coltrane — Blue Nile 
2. Pharoah Sanders — Astral Traveling 
3. Archie Shepp — Blues for Brother George Jackson
4. Michael White — Lament (Mankind)
Side 2
1. Dewey Redman — Imani 
2. Marion Brown — Bismillahi 'Rrahmani 'Rrahim 
3. John Handy — Hard Work