John Coltrane and Johnny Hartmanby John Coltrane, Johnny Hartman
There are stunning performances throughout this classic recording -- "Autumn Serenade," "They Say It's Wonderful," "My One and Only Love" - - but it's the definitive version of Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life" that this atypical collaborative effort is best remembered for. Saxophonist John Coltrane, taking time off from pushing the envelope of avant jazz, hooked up with … See more details below
There are stunning performances throughout this classic recording -- "Autumn Serenade," "They Say It's Wonderful," "My One and Only Love" - - but it's the definitive version of Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life" that this atypical collaborative effort is best remembered for. Saxophonist John Coltrane, taking time off from pushing the envelope of avant jazz, hooked up with vocalist Johnny Hartman, whose sumptuous baritone and smooth style recalls vocal titans Billy Eckstine and Nat King Cole. The pairing represented the first and last time Trane would ever lead a session with a singer, but it proved a charm. Interpreting standards that bring out the inner romantic in him, Coltrane finds common ground with the grand balladeer. "Lush Life," with its tale of sophisticated dissolution and inebriated ennui, touches a special spot in both saxophonist and singer. Their touching yet utterly unsentimental interpretation of this superbly crafted song is a career highlight for both men.
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- Grp Records
Performance CreditsJohn Coltrane Primary Artist,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Johnny Hartman Primary Artist,Vocals
Elvin Jones Drums
Jimmy Garrison Bass
McCoy Tyner Piano
Technical CreditsMichael Cuscuna Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Flynn Cover Design
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Bob Thiele Producer
A.B. Spellman Liner Notes
Freddie Paloma Graphic Design
Joe Alper Cover Photo
Hollis King Art Direction
Joe Lebow Liner Notes,Liner Design
Viceroy Cover Design
Robert Flynn Cover Design
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Music to fall asleep by - where was the Jazz? Very disappointed
Many of you may think it unfair of me to rate this fine music strickly on the terms of Impulse's poor manufacturing techniques but here goes anyway! The CD is made of wafer thin plastic which cracks very easily and even more so because they mount it on a super thick and hard plastic spindle that simply wont let go of the CD until it cracks. Way to go Impulse!
This album makes my top 20 all time jazz albums, and is one of my favourite vocal vinyls. Pick this up and you'll be happy you did. It's a great listen.
This album is sensationally beautiful. Coltrane and Hartman are a perfect and stunning duo. This is easily one of those albums that real jazz enthusists cannot live without. Every song on this album is undoubtedly dripping with glamour and serenity! Fabulous album!
Johnny Hartman has a deep voice and this selection of standards is worthwhile, but the reason to buy it and play it several times a year is the Coltrane solo in Autumn Serenade. This solo is Coltrane's best solo and the song is sonic beauty epitomized. Beautiful and sad and joyous. You'll play this CD a lot, but every time you, you will play serenade more than once. Please Visit: timothyherrick.blogspot.com/
Being the daughter of a Jazz musician, you hear a lot of Jazz CDs, but hearing these two together is a real treat!