First Impulse: The Creed Taylor Collection 50th Anniversary

First Impulse: The Creed Taylor Collection 50th Anniversary




At a time when the traditional "gatekeepers" of the record business seem to be giving way to a D.I.Y. free-for-all in the digital Internet era, the Universal Music Group (ironically through its Verve imprint) here boxes the first six LPs released by Impulse Records, then a newly formed jazz label, in 1961, all produced by initial label head Creed Taylor, who departed the company (for Verve, then part of rival MGM) just as the last of the six was coming out. Taylor, as annotator Ashley Kahn and Taylor himself make clear in the liner notes, was the auteur of these half-dozen albums, even if he didn't actually play on them. Unlike Blue Note or Prestige, Impulse was never a true independent; it was formed as a jazz subsidiary of ABC-Paramount to be Taylor's custom label, after he had demonstrated an ability to make commercially successful jazz records. And he did that with the first Impulse albums, particularly Ray Charles' Genius + Soul = Jazz, with its hit single "One Mint Julip." (The box set includes the first CD release of the mono mix actually heard on the 45 rpm single.) He also introduced some excellent straight-ahead jazz with the trombone collections The Great Kai & J.J. and Brand New, Swinging Together Again by Kai Winding and J.J. Johnson, and The Incredible Kai Winding Trombones. Progressive big-band jazz was heard on the Gil Evans Orchestra's Out of the Cool and Oliver Nelson's Blues and the Abstract Truth. And Taylor's last album for Impulse was John Coltrane's first: Africa/Brass. (The only previously unreleased tracks on the box set are three brief rehearsal tidbits from before the Africa/Brass sessions.) All credit for the music itself redounds to the musicians, of course. But this collection poses the question whether the music would ever have been made if it hadn't been for visionary record executive/producers such as Creed Taylor (and Bob Thiele, who succeeded him at Impulse, not to mention Blue Note's Alfred Lion and Prestige's Bob Weinstock, among others). Certainly, it wouldn't have been made in the same way, and these albums demonstrate what a loss that might have been.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/19/2011
Label: Hip-O Select
UPC: 0602527532240
catalogNumber: 001496202

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Charles   Organ
Ron Carter   Bass,String Bass
Jimmy Cleveland   Trombone
Art Davis   Bass
Eric Dolphy   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Conductor,Alto Saxophone
Bill Evans   Piano,Rhythm Section
Urbie Green   Trombone
Grey   Trombone
Budd Johnson   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Elvin Jones   Percussion,Drums
Thad Jones   Trumpet
Jimmy Knepper   Trombone,Tenor Trombone
Booker Little   Trumpet
Billy Mitchell   Tenor Saxophone
Oliver Nelson   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Julian Priester   Euphonium
Marshall Royal   Alto Saxophone
Art Taylor   Drums,Rhythm Section
Ross Tompkins   Piano
Julius Watkins   French Horn
Seldon Powell   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Wilder   Trumpet
Ray Crawford   Guitar
Johnny Messner   Tenor Trombone
Phil Sunkel   Trumpet
Britt Woodman   Trombone
Bob Cranshaw   String Bass
McCoy Tyner   Piano
George Barrow   Baritone Saxophone
Beldini   Drums
Joe Benjamin   Bass
Carl Bowman   Euphonium
Eddie Caine   Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone
Paul Chambers   Bass,Rhythm Section
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Henry Coker   Trombone
John Coltrane   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Donald Corrado   French Horn
George Dorsey   Alto Saxophone
Gil Evans   Piano,Conductor
Sticks Evans   Drums
Paul Faulise   Bass Trombone
Frank Foster   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes   Baritone Saxophone
John Frosk   Trumpet
Philip Guilbeau   Trumpet
Roy Haynes   Drums,Rhythm Section
Haywood Henry   Baritone Saxophone
Freddie Hubbard   Trumpet
Sam Herman   Guitar
Keg Johnson   Trombone
Dick Lieb   Bass Trombone
George Matthews   Trombone
Robert Northern   French Horn
Jimmy Nottingham   Trumpet
Pat Patrick   Baritone Saxophone
Sonny Payne   Drums
Charlie Persip   Percussion
Benny Powell   Trombone
Reggie Workman   Bass
Ray Starling   Mellowphone
Tony Studd   Bass Trombone
Bob Tricarico   Flute,Bassoon,Piccolo
Earle Warren   Alto Saxophone
Frank Wess   Alto Saxophone
Kai Winding   Tenor Trombone
Tommy Williams   Bass,Rhythm Section
Eddie Jones   Bass
Robert Swisshelm   French Horn
Bill Barber   Tuba
Freddy Green   Guitar
Ray Beckenstein   Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone
Eugene Young   Trumpet
John Coles   Trumpet
Jimmy Buffington   French Horn
Charles Greenlee   Euphonium
Ephie Resnick   Tenor Trombone
Garvin Buschell   Reeds,Piccolo

Technical Credits

Steve Allen   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Ray Charles   Composer
Quincy Jones   Arranger
Oliver Nelson   Arranger,Composer,Original Liner Notes
Horace Silver   Composer
Bobby Timmons   Composer
Ralph Burns   Arranger
Neal Hefti   Composer
Dick Katz   Original Liner Notes
Irving Mills   Composer
John Benson Brooks   Composer
Cal Massey   Composer
Tom Stewart   Original Liner Notes
Harold Courlander   Composer
Bertolt Brecht   Composer
Ogden Nash   Composer
McCoy Tyner   Arranger
Lil Armstrong   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Sonny Burke   Composer
John Coltrane   Arranger,Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Gil Evans   Arranger,Composer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
George Russell   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Will Hudson   Composer
J.J. Johnson   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
David Raksin   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Creed Taylor   Producer,Liner Notes
Rudy Toombs   Composer
Paul Webster   Composer
Kai Winding   Composer
George Duning   Composer
Dom Cerulli   Original Liner Notes
Joe Lebow   Liner Design
Mort Dixon   Composer
Harry Woods   Composer
Sid Wayne   Composer
Thea   Composer
Ray Alfred   Composer
Ashley Kahn   Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer
Michele Horie   Art Direction
Andrew Skurow   Vault Research
Roy Jacobs   Composer
Pete Turner   Cover Design
Howard Marks   Composer
Dee Libbey   Composer
William Weldon   Composer

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