For sixty years, Impulse Records has stood as a label of musical integrity and lasting cultural significance. Known as the “house that Trane built” in honor of its best-selling artist John Coltrane, the label produced music exciting in its experimental charge, and spiritual in its priority. Sonny Rollins, Quincy Jones, Max Roach, Ray Charles, Alice Coltrane, Keith Jarrett, Charles Mingus, Sun Ra, and Pharoah Sanders were but a few of the legendary musicians who helped define the label's sound and message. To this day, Impulse continues to proudly wear its distinctive orange-and-black color scheme, and is home to the new vanguard of creative musicians including Brandee Younger, Shabaka Hutchings and his groups Sons of Kemet, Shabaka & the Ancestors, and the psychedelic jazz trio The Comet Is Coming.

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John Coltrane
Johnny Hartman

1963

John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman

Duke Ellington
Coleman Hawkins

1963

Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins

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John Coltrane
Johnny Hartman

1963

John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman

Duke Ellington
Coleman Hawkins

1963

Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins