Impulse Records: Music, Message And The Moment
Label: IMPLUSE RECORDS
In celebration of Impulse Records' 60th anniversary. A deluxe 2-CD set featuring tracks by John Coltrane, Quincy Jones, Charles Mingus, Oliver Nelson, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp and other legendary Impulse artists. This release includes liner notes by Greg Tate and A.B. Spellman. Orange and black. Fire and ebony. Anger and pride. Impulse Records wore its signature colors with pride and raised its exclamation point high. Impulse Records was the premier destination for music that embraced the search and political engagement of the sixties. Founded in 1961, the Impulse label grew to be an integral part of the speed and scope of the era, dragging 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 of time from the late '50s to the '70s when players from every era of jazz were alive and active - from Louis Armstrong to Albert Ayler, from the legends passed down to a new generation of energetic artists. Impulse treated all of its musicians as innovators, even revolutionaries - 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 range of styles and sounds, and a narrow focus on a historical moment when the promise of change was in the air and the message of racial equality was in the music. Today, this music has lost none of its relevance: the promise still deferred, the message still on point.