For more than fifty years, Impulse Records has stood as label of musical integrity and lasting cultural significance, having brought forth countless classic recordings that reflected —and spurred on—the political and cultural shifts of the world around it. Dedicated from the outset to the full range of jazz styles, Impulse was born in 1961 as part of the ABC Records family, and quickly came to follow the lead of its best-selling artist John Coltrane—producing 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, still a home for musicians bravely predicting the future of creative, improvised music.