From the Publisher:
The legendary Impulse record label marks its 45th anniversary with the publication of the book The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records
by Ashley Kahn; the release of 12 Best-Of Impulse CDs (including a 4-CD companion collection to the book); the national broadcast of the radio program The House That Trane Built
(based on the book); and the kickoff of an international tour by the all-star group, McCoy Tyner Septet - An Impulse Tribute.
As an overwhelming majority of jazz fans already know, the most exciting jazz of the 1960s and '70s wore orange and black, the colors made famous by Impulse Records. In its heyday, Impulse was the legendary label that forged an identity with its signature adventurous sound, eye-catching design and music that ranged from swing to the avant-garde. Impulse recordings by John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, Pharoah Sanders, McCoy Tyner, Keith Jarrett and Archie Shepp were part of the spiritual soundtrack of the time. Add timeless titles by Count Basie, Art Blakey, Duke Ellington, Johnny Hartman, Benny Carter, Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Johnny Hodges -- and a tribute to this wide and enduring body of work is overdue.
The singular relationship that developed between John Coltrane and Impulse Records gives this multi-pronged project its title - The House That Trane Built. "One can plan to bring all these efforts into one well-timed wave but it doesn't necessarily just happen," says Ashley Kahn who coordinated the celebration. "In this case it did, with the result being that more will know about this great record label and its lasting impact on American culture, and also hear the timeless music that Impulse Records produced."
The 4-CD collection The House That Trane Built -- companion to the book - features 38 label-defining tracks from the Impulse vaults, from Oliver Nelson's "Stolen Moments" to John Coltrane's "Acknowledgment"(from A Love Supreme) to Pharoah Sanders's "The Creator Has a Master Plan".