JAZZ Vinyl Labels – IMPULSE


Impulse! Records is a United States based jazz record label, originally launched in 1960 by Creed Taylor as a subsidiary of ABC-Paramount Records in New York City. Most Impulse albums were produced by Bob Thiele who joined the company after Taylor left to head Verve Records, assisted by the sound engineer, Rudy Van Gelder.
Impulse! releases are known for their distinctive design, dominated by black and orange on the sleeve spine and record label. The company is perhaps best known as a free jazz label, releasing works by Albert Ayler, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, and others. Impulse! is also known for its recordings by more mainstream musicians as well. At one time or another during the sixties Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Milt Jackson and Shirley Scott all recorded for the label. Keith Jarrett’s American Quartet, with Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden and Paul Motian recorded a sequence of albums for the label in the mid 1970s. New recordings from the label ceased in 1975.

The label name has since been revived for new recordings only for short periods. Impulse! is now part of Universal Music Group’s jazz holding Verve Records and has been regulated to a reissue-only label. Recently howevever, Impulse! has release new recordings from those who had historic ties to the label. (esp. from McCoy Tyner & John Coltrane’s widow Alice Coltrane).


Jazz impulse abc 1

Impulse Inital Label, (Mono – serial starts with A, Stereo – serial starts with AS)

Jazz impulse mca 1

Jazz impulse mca2

Jazz impulse mca 3
Impulse MCA – 1st pressing
Impulse MCA – 2nd pressing
Impulse MCA – late Label

Jazz impulse abc 2

Jazz impulse abc 2

Jazz impulse abc 3
Impulse-abc  (1960s) Stereo – 1st label
Impulse-abc (1970s) Stereo
Impulse-abc Late Label

Jazz impulse abc 4

Impulse-abc Late Label

Jazz impulse reissue

Impulse Reissue Label