Synopses & Reviews
The dynamic fifteen-year saga of the enduringly popular jazz record label guided by legendary saxophonist John Coltrane.
Following the path of its star musician John Coltrane, Impulse Records cut a creative swath through the 1960s and 1970s with the politically charged avant-garde jazz that defined the label's musical and spiritual identity. The House That Trane Built tells the story of the label, balancing tales of individual passion, artistic vision, and commercial motivation. Weaving together research, dynamic album covers, session photographs, and nearly one hundred interviews with executives, journalists, producers, and musicians--from Ray Charles and Alice Coltrane to Quincy Jones, Pharoah Sanders, McCoy Tyner, and others--this is the riveting tale of an era-shaping jazz label in the age of rock. The thirty-eight Album Profiles--a veritable book within a book--offer a consumer's guide to the best and most timeless titles on Impulse. 120 illustrations.
Following the path of its star musician John Coltrane, Impulse Records cut a creative swath through the 1960s and 1970s. This volume tells the story of the label, balancing tales of individual passion, artistic vision, and commercial motivation--with nearly one hundred interviews with executives, journalists, producers, and musicians. 120 illustrations.
Noted jazz author Ashley Kahn brings to life the behind-the-scenes story of Impulse Records, one of the most significant record labels in the history of popular music. "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--and will compel readers to seek out this label's masterful albums," says in a starred review. calls the book "a swinging read," adding that "Kahn covers all the aesthetic, business, social, and historical bases with crisp economy." Don't miss the exciting inside scoop behind some of the most enduring masterpieces of jazz!
"A jazz-lover's delight."--Ray Olson,
About the Author
Ashley Kahn is an award-winning journalist and radio essayist and the author of A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album and A Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece. He lives in Fort Lee, New Jersey.