The House That Trane Built The Story Of Impulse Records

Granta Books
  • Book (850g) 9780393058796£20.00 £10.00
    In stockAdd to Bag

Import USA Hardback edition book

The history of the record label that John Coltrane ushered into jazz history. Always a corporate entity (though it changed hands several times between its inception in 1961 and the present), Impulse! was founded by legendary jazz producer Creed Taylor as an imprint of ABC-Paramount records. During Taylor's short stint as label head (before being recruited to overhaul Verve Records), he signed Impulse!'s first exclusive artist, Coltrane, who, through his endless musical questing, recommendations of other artists and status as the label's bestseller, would define Impulse!'s sound and proclivity toward the avant-garde. Taylor's successor, Bob Thiele, was the major driving force at Impulse!, however, supporting Coltrane through his prolific, often confounding musical experiments and producing records by such other influential artists as Archie Shepp, McCoy Tyner and Pharoah Sanders. Kahn mingles engaging stories of corporate politics with insider accounts of music-making and anecdotal takes on particular albums. His history of Impulse! is also the story of the genesis of an American art form and the evolution of the record industry through the tumultuous 1960s.

People also bought

Amazones de Guinee / Moussa DoumbiaSambaMr Bongo
"Samba" by Amazones De Guinee is an unadultered killer african-funk bullet! High-energy from the start powerful vocal - recorded in Paris 1983. On the...
  • 7"£7.99
    Out of stock
Augustus Pablo / Hugh MundellAfrica Must Be Free By 1983 DubRockers International
40th Anniversary Re-press!Deep and heavy dub classic plus horns and melodica! Originally released in 1979 and mixed by Prince Jammy at King Tubby's. This...
  • LP£13.99
    Out of stock
Tullio De PiscopoSuonando La Batteria ModernaArcheo Recordings
Highly sought-after collection of fierce tracks and breaks from the legendary drummer, Tullio De Piscopo! 
  • LP£29.99
    Out of stock
BadooRocking Of The Five ThousandFatman Studio
Killer heavyweight roots featuring Badoo & Jah Stitch over Jackie Mittoo's classic 1980 recording of the "Drum Song" rhythm. Now with extra dubplate...
  • 10"£9.99
    Out of stock
Gil Scott-HeronNothing NewXL
Inc. DVD Re-issue of this Record Store Day release from 2013 - 'Nothing New' are the collection of outtakes and unreleased takes from the late, great...
  • LP + DVD£16.99
    Out of stock
Dayme Arocena Nueva Era Brownswood
A mature new album from 22 year old cuban vocalist Dayme Arocena! Debuting on Gilles Peterson's trusted Brownswood label, infamous for introducing the...
  • New LP £16.99
    Out of stock
  • CD£11.99
    Out of stock
Formula 1Walking With My Eyes ClosedFryers Records
Monster two-sided disco funk banger from Mighty Ryeders man Rodney Matthews - commanding huge amounts when it rarely comes up for auction...
Black Truth Rhythm BandIfetayoSoundway
Soundway have beautifully reissued afro-centric, Trinidadian band, Black Truth Rhythm Band's 'Ifetayo' album, originally released in 1976. Killer laidback...
Buena Vista Social Club Chan Chan World Circuit
Limited edition 7" from the insanely popular Buena Vista Social Club that became THE soundtrack of the late 90's. "Chan Chan" is the lead track from the...
  • 7"£5.99
    Out of stock
Harvey MasonFunk In A Mason Jar (1978)Arista
Classic jazz-funk album featuring Merry Clayton on the rare groove fave "Till You Take My Love". Recommended !
  • Original LP£12.00
    Out of stock
Moussa Doumbia / Amadou BalakeKeleya / Super Bar Konon Mr Bongo
"Keleya" is a sweltering organ-led african fusion banger re-issued by Mr Bongo, originally released in 1974. Backed with a razor sharp, percussion heavy,...
Truth Fact And CorrectBabylon Deh Pon FireOnlyroots
Superb roots vocal track from the Black Ark produced by Lee Perry from the mid 70s, obscure vocal group..viceroys?
  • 7"£7.99
    Out of stock
Saxton Kari & The TK OrchestraBesame MuchoDash (1976)
Infamous r&b bandleader who spent a lot of time in New Orleans headed down to Florida in the mid-70s to record a number of miami funk meets disco cuts.
  • Original 7"£7.99
    Out of stock
Zero 7Simple ThingsWarner
Probably the best downtempo / chill-out / lounge album of the noughties. Features the amazing Sia as part of the line up on this debut album from the...
  • New 2×LP (180 GRAM) + Download Code£24.99
    Out of stock
Clive Chin PresentsRandy's DubOnlyroots
The 10-tracks that form the core of this album, were originally released on the Impact! label in 1975. Less than 200 copies were pressed, even fewer than...
Esther PhillipsUse Me / Let Me In Your Life Kudu (1973)
Killer funky version of Bill Withers' Use Me, arranged by Pee Wee Ellis (JBs) and produced by Creed Taylor.
  • Original 7"£10.00
    Out of stock
Blues PeopleBy LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka)Harper Perennial
Seminal work from playwright, poet, critic and activist LeRoi Jones, later known as Amiri Baraka, in which the author traces the influence of jazz and...
  • Book (250g)£14.99
    In stockAdd to Bag
  • Original Book (250g)£12.00
    Out of stock
Come In And Hear The TruthBy Patrick BurkeUniversity of Chicago Press
Between the mid-1930s and the late '40s, the center of the jazz world was a two-block stretch of 52nd Street in Manhattan. Dozens of crowded basement clubs...
  • Book (750g)£24.00
    Out of stock
Horace AndyChildren Of IsraelPressure Sounds
An excellent double header from Horace Andy and Augustus Pablo. Both sides are on the 'Children of Israel' rhythm and date from around 1975. Horace Andys...
Soul On IceBy Eldridge CleaverDelta
The now-classic memoir that shocked, outraged, and ultimately changed the way America looked at the civil rights movement and the black experience.By turns...
  • Book (250g)£9.99
    Out of stock
Horace AndyDon't Try To Use MeAggrovator
Mid 70s roots vocal over tuff backing from The Aggrovators produced by Bunny Lee. Comes in thick card company sleeve.
Langston HughesThe Voice Of Langston HughesSmithsonian Folkways
Includes the classic "I've Known Rivers", later recorded by Gary Bartz ("The Negro Speaks Of Rivers")
Horace AndyYouths Of TodayRockers
Roots classic - deep tune from 1979 produced by Everton de Silva for the Hungry Town label. Lyrically still powerful and holding true today.
  • 7"£4.99
    Out of stock
Soul CalSoul Cal: Funky Disco & Modern Soul 1971-1982Now Again
Soul, Disco and Funk gems from the sunshine state! Collected here are the best seventies independent soul-ensembles, dug out and dusted off by the...
  • 2xLP + Download Code£21.99
    Out of stock
  • CD + Book (200g)£15.99
    Out of stock