John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman [Bonus Tracks/SACD]

John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman [Bonus Tracks/SACD]

by John Coltrane
     
 

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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, who had not recorded since 1956, 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. [This SACD edition also includes a stereo mix of the album.]

Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/2004
Label:
Impulse Records
UPC:
0602498607787
catalogNumber:
000112616
Rank:
22454

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

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

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Saul Chaplin   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer,Liner Notes
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Bob Thiele   Audio Production
Hy Zaret   Composer
A.B. Spellman   Liner Notes
Freddie Paloma   Graphic Design
Hollis King   Art Direction
Robert Mellin   Composer
Sammy Gallop   Composer
Guy Wood   Composer
Bryan Koniarz   Producer

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