Creed Taylor (4) Impulse Records (1960)

January 21.2016

By 1959, he had become engrossed with album-packaging.
But ABC primarily was a pop label.
He decided that the way to take producing jazz to the next level was to have his own label.
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[The first four Impulse albums]
The Great Kai and J.J.
Ray Charles’ Genius + Soul = Jazz
The Incredible Kai Winding Trombones
Gil Evans’ Out of the Cool
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They were recorded in a tight time frame between October and December.
He would mix one with Rudy Van Gelder, and put it in the can and move on to the next one.
When he got to the last one, they released all four in early 1961.
[The Blues and the Abstract Truth session]
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There were only seven musicians on the date.
The whole album was recorded in one session.
He said,”The album was an epic in my life. Freddie Hubbard had the most magnificent solos on there, Eric Dolphy and Bill Evans also were tremendous.”
[He recorded his final album: John Coltrane’s Africa/Brass]
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He was supposed to be recorded by John Coltrane in Verve.
But he had Stan Getz and didn’t want to have Coltrane and Stan Getz there together.
 

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