Impulse! Records


Impulse! Records is an American jazz record company and label established by Creed Taylor in 1960. John Coltrane was among Impulse!’s earliest signings. Thanks to consistent sales and positive critiques of his recordings, the label came to be known as ‘the house that Trane built’. … Impulse!’s albums are noted for their visual appeal. The black, orange, and white livery was devised by Fran Attaway (then known as Fran Scott), whom Taylor also credits with establishing the label’s tradition of using cutting-edge photographers for its covers. The color scheme was chosen for its brightness and because no other label used this combination. The label’s logo featured the Impulse! name in a heavy, sans-serif, lower-cased font, followed by an exclamation mark that mirrors the lower-case ‘i’ at the beginning. For most of the 1960s, Impulse!’s album covers featured the logo in orange letters in a white circle, with black-and-orange exclamation marks above it, and the catalog number below it. One exception is the album A Love Supreme, which used the design in black and white. In 1968 the circular front-cover badge was replaced by a one-color design featuring a simplified Impulse! logo and the ABC Records logo side by side within a divided rectangular border. …”
Wikipedia, W – Impulse! Records discography
W – The Blues and the Abstract Truth, YouTube: The Blues and the Abstract Truth (Full Album) 36:34
W – Wrapped Tight – Coleman Hawkins, YouTube: Wrapped Tight 43:39
W – Fire Music – Archie Shepp, YouTube: Fire Music 6 videos
W – The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady – Charles Mingus, YouTube: The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (Full Album) 39:26

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