Ashley Kahn


Through the exciting and rapid changes of the 1960s and '70s, Impulse Records was the sound of jazz tradition and the shape of jazz to come -- edgy, soulful, and elegantly packaged. With a roster led by John Coltrane that also included Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington and Keith Jarrett among many others, Impulse was truly one of the most significant, groundbreaking, and enduringly influential labels in the timeline of recorded music. In The House That Trane Built, author Ashley Kahn recounts in layman-friendly terms the full story of this unusual and fascinating company, tracing its near two-decade arc of artistic triumphs and unlikely marketing coups. Leaning on extensive archival research and interviews with well over fifty musicians, industry executives and producers, The House That Trane Built also features over one hundred lavish illustrations, as well as thirty-six album profiles detailing the inside stories of some of the most enduring jazz recordings of all time.

Ashley Kahn is the author of Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece and A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album.  He lives in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

HEAR the story of Impulse Records on the value-priced 4-CD label overview, The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records.