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Voice That Is
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Johnny Hartman was unquestionably a great jazz singer, but his brushes with fame have always come from surprising associations: first his collaboration with John Coltrane and then his prominent and posthumous appearance on... more »
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Johnny Hartman was unquestionably a great jazz singer, but his brushes with fame have always come from surprising associations: first his collaboration with John Coltrane and then his prominent and posthumous appearance on the soundtrack to The Bridges of Madison County. This 1964 recording demonstrates the art he could bring to both standards and more ephemeral material. The first five tracks have Hartman accompanied by an excellent quartet led by pianist Hank Jones, a key partner on several of the singer's recordings. Guitarist Barry Galbraith adds fittingly liquid solos and completes a great rhythm section with Richard Davis on bass and Osie Johnson on drums. It's an intimate, supremely musical setting that shows Hartman at his best, swinging lightly on "The More I See You" and Bill Evans's "Waltz for Debbie," infusing the ballads with a unique luster. The other tracks come from a session arranged by pianist Bob Hammer, who put together an unusual octet to back Hartman on film and show tunes. The band has Dick Hafer on reeds and a sparkling, expanded rhythm section, which added another guitar, marimba, and percussion to the group for continuous rhythmic detail. Along with Hartman's other Impulse recordings from the period, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman and I Just Dropped By to Say Hello, this is essential hearing for fans of the jazz ballad. --Stuart Broomer
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An album that made me call the station.........
Claudia Beechman | Elkins Park, Pa United States | 03/03/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"About twenty years ago, I tuned in to a local college radio station ( WRTI) and heard a voice that sent the proverbial chills up my spine. When the DJ did not announce the singer's name after the song was over, I called the station and found out that it was Johnny Hartman singing ,"Joey, Joey, Joey" from Frank Loesser's "Most Happy Fella". I immediately went out and bought the album and it has remained one of my favorites to this day. His baritone is so smooth and the arrangements are wonderful. I started to write Mr. Hartman a fan letter, but I learned that sadly, he had died rather young of lung cancer. Singers like Billy Eckstine got a lot more fanfare at one time( I am a fan of his, too), but Hartman's voice just stays with you. I really felt vindicated in my admiration when I read in Ella Fitzgerald's obituary that he had been her favorite singer! Can't get much more of a recommmendation than that, and you can't go wrong with any of his albums."
*THE* most sensual recording EVER - his very best!
Russell Edward Button | Alameda, CA USA | 09/21/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Johnny Hartman was finally made famous by Clint Eastwood (thank you!). His best known recording is the famous "John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman" alblum which everyone really should have. It is truly wonderful and delicious."The Voice That Is!" is even better! Hard to believe, but true. On this alblum is THE MOST SENSUAL song track ever recorded!!! Absolutely!!!"A Slow Hot Wind" is more than enough reason by itself to purchase this recording and rave about it to every human being you meet for the next 50 years.This alblum is full of delightful, loving ballads that are guaranteed to melt your socks! In addition to "A Slow Hot Wind", my favorite cuts are "My Ship" and "Waltz for Debbie". Starting with Hank Jones, the studio band has some of the best New York cats available in 1965. Music for the ages by the masters!"
A good CD to have
Scott E. Porter | North Carolina | 10/29/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I am a huge fan of Johnny Hartman's and have several of his albums but I must disagree with the writer that claimed this album to be better than the Coltrane collaboration. There is no album better than the Coltrane collaboration and quite honestly several of Hartman's albums are better than this (i.e. Songs from the Heart, Coltrane/Hartman, and I Just Dropped By To Say Hello). Once you have declared yourself a Hartman fanatic, purchase this album. If you are a recent convert or are still on the fence, select one of the other three, although you may have difficulty finding Songs from the Heart."