Impulse Records Celebrates 60th-Anniversary with Vinyl Box Set of Politically-Charged Jazz

The 4xLP collection features music from John and Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, The Ahmad Jamal Trio, and more.

Impulse! Records is toasting to 60 years with a vinyl collection of spiritual and politically-charged jazz from the vault.

The label has announced Message and the Moment, a 4xLP  box set of music from luminary musicians, including Pharoah Sanders, The Ahmad Jamal Trio, John and Alice Coltrane (collaboratively and separately,) Archie Shepp, Charles Mingus, Stanley Turrentine, The Shirley Scott Trio, and others. The set also features an Impulse! Records turntable slip mat and a zine-styled booklet with the label’s archived ads and artist photos. Message and The Moment arrives on May 21st. You can pre-order your copy via Centre Stage today.

Hear Alice Coltrane’s transcendent “Blue Nile” (featured on the upcoming Impulse! collection and the stellar 1973 compilation, Reflection On Creation And Space,) below and scroll on to see the box set’s packaging and full tracklist.

Source: Impulse! Records

Impulse Records: Music, Message and the Moment Box Set Tracklist :

LP 1: Side 1

1. The John Coltrane Quartet — Africa

LP 1: Side 2

1. Max Roach — Garvey’s Ghost
2. Quincy Jones and his Orchestra — Hard Sock Dance
3. John Coltrane — Up ‘Gainst the Wall
4. Elvin Jones/Jimmy Garrison Sextet — Just Us Blues

LP 2: Side 1

1. John Coltrane — Alabama
2. Charles Mingus — Better Get Hit in Yo’ Soul
3. Shirley Scott Trio — Freedom Dance
4. Yusef Lateef — Sister Mamie

LP 2: Side 2

1. Archie Shepp — Malcolm, Malcolm—Semper Malcolm
2. Stanley Turrentine — Good Lookin’ Out
3. Earl Hines — Black and Tan Fantasy
4. Oliver Nelson — The Rights of All

LP 3: Side 1

1. Pharoah Sanders — The Creator Has a Master Plan (edit)
2. John Coltrane & Alice Coltrane — Reverend King

LP 3: Side 2

1. The Ahmad Jamal Trio — The Awakening
2. Albert Ayler — Music Is the Healing Force of the Universe
3. Charlie Haden — We Shall Overcome

LP 4: Side 1

1. Alice Coltrane — Blue Nile
2. Pharoah Sanders — Astral Traveling
3. Archie Shepp — Blues for Brother George Jackson
4. Michael White — Lament (Mankind)

LP 4: Side 2

1. Dewey Redman — Imani
2. Marion Brown — Bismillahi ‘Rrahmani ‘Rrahim
3. John Handy — Hard Work


Zo is a staff writer at Okayplayer where he covers music.

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