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Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
The baritone achieved his greatest fame with John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman, an all-ballad album from 1962 that set Hartman's richly sonorous voice amid Coltrane's quartet in some of its quietest moments. Most of Hartman... more »
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The baritone achieved his greatest fame with John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman, an all-ballad album from 1962 that set Hartman's richly sonorous voice amid Coltrane's quartet in some of its quietest moments. Most of Hartman's sparse recorded output puts the same emphasis on his warmly lyrical work at slower tempos, but this CD is different. It's a selection from two LPs recorded in Japan in 1972, with the first five tracks from a tribute to Trane and the final seven from Hartman's meeting with trumpeter Terumasa Hino. Both present Hartman in a surprising light, swinging that powerful voice with extraordinary ease. The tribute's arrangements echo Coltrane's own treatments, and "Nature Boy" is as distinctive as Nat Cole's landmark version. The later session with Hino is just as good, spotlighting another underrecognized musician. The support is terrific throughout, making these some of Hartman's finest recordings. Hearing him as a complete jazz singer--not just the consummate balladeer--makes his short discography all the more regrettable. --Stuart Broomer
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(4 out of 5 stars)
"Hartman's rich baritone really comes to life with when recording with a small combo. He's backed here by piano, drums, bass and, on a few tracks, the trumpet. The arrangements are not necessarily the best but Hartman meets the challenge by using his voice like a cello. He drives the action in the recordings. This album is a great homage to the great John Coltrane. It's not packaged as lushly as Hartman's Impulse recording, but it has a higher quality than most of his recordings. He also has some inventivenes that makes songs like My Favorite Things, Green Dolphin Street, and Sometime I'm Happy. The biggest drawback is that the sound quality is not the best. Otherwise, it would be 5 stars."
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Ivor Segal | UK | 10/04/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Unbeatable for ballads with a rich smooth delivery reminiscent of Billy Eckstine and Nat King Cole. Not IMHO as good on the swinging numbers for an example listen to some of Mel Torme's versions in that genre.