John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman
John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman|
Impulse! (MCA & GRP) GRP-157
1 CD, 20-bit
Released in 1995.
John Coltrane, tenor sax
Johnny Hartman, vocals
McCoy Tyner, piano
Jimmy Garrison, bass
Elvin Jones, drums
Irving Berlin: They Say It's Wonderful
Cahn, Chaplin & Zaret: Dedicated to You
Mellin & Wood: My One and Only Love
Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life
Rodgers & Hart: You Are Too Beautiful
Gallop & DeRose: Autumn Serenade
This is one very special CD. Johnny Hartman has the smoothest voice
we have ever heard. It is a shame that he has not recorded much.
John Coltrane and his band are excellent like they always are. But
we must emphasize that Johnny Hartman is the star here.
The recording itself is superb. It has extraordinary detail; each
instrument is precisely positioned; and the ambience is captured
perfectly. The recording transforms your living room into a Jazz cafe.
It is amazing that an analog recording made in 1963 can be so masterfully
digitized and transferred to a CD.
The program is excellent, for it contains some of our favorite tunes.
Whenever we introduce a friend to Jazz, we play this CD. Everyone we
know has fallen in love with this CD within minutes of hearing it. You
can listen to the samples at
This is a "normally priced" CD, not a budget one. But if you must
have one Jazz CD, this is an excellent choice. If you must have
a male-vocal Jazz CD, this is undoubtly your best choice. It makes
a wonderful gift as well.