John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman

John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman

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by John Coltrane, Johnny Hartman
     
 

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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

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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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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
John Coltrane's matchup with singer Johnny Hartman, although quite unexpected, works extremely well. Hartman was in prime form on the six ballads, and his versions of "Lush Life" and "My One and Only Love" have never been topped. Coltrane's playing throughout the session is beautiful, sympathetic, and still exploratory; he sticks exclusively to tenor on the date. At only half an hour, one wishes there were twice as much music, but what is here is classic, essential for all jazz collections.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2008
Label:
Impulse Records
UPC:
0602517648975
catalogNumber:
001096602
Rank:
339

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Coltrane   Primary Artist,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Johnny Hartman   Primary Artist,Vocals
Elvin Jones   Drums
Jimmy Garrison   Bass
McCoy Tyner   Piano

Technical Credits

Michael 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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