|First Impulse: The Creed Taylor Collection 50th Anniversary CDs (2011) |
Monster (Musicskins) album for sale At a time when the traditional "gatekeepers" of the record business seem to be giving way to a D.I.Y. free-for-all in the digital Internet era, the Universal Music Group (ironically through its Verve imprint) here boxes the first six LPs released by Impulse Records, then a newly formed jazz label, in 1961, all produced by initial label head Creed Taylor, who departed the company (for Verve, then part of rival MGM) just as the last of the six was coming out. Taylor, as annotator Ashley Kahn and Taylor himself make clear in the liner notes, was the auteur of these half-dozen albums, even if he didn't actually play on them. Unlike Blue Note or Prestige, Impulse was never a true independent; it was formed as a jazz subsidiary of ABC-Paramount to be Taylor's custom label, after he had demonstrated an ability to make commercially successful jazz records. And he did that with the first Impulse albums, particularly Ray Charles' Genius + Soul = Jazz, with its hit single "One Mint Julip." (The box set includes the first ...