Unforgettable

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All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Combining songs from two 1966 ABC-Paramount LPs Unforgettable Songs by Johnny Hartman and side two of I Love Everybody onto one CD, the Impulse! label presents this smooth-voiced baritone backed by brassy orchestration for the first time since his dates with the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band. This proves to be a fine marriage, though lacking the intimacy of his unparalleled recordings with the small ensembles led by John Coltrane John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman and Illinois Jacquet I Just Dropped by to Say Hello. One of the biggest tragedies of the swing/cocktail revival of the late '90s was that this album remained unheard at all the martini parties thrown by hipsters across ...
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All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Combining songs from two 1966 ABC-Paramount LPs Unforgettable Songs by Johnny Hartman and side two of I Love Everybody onto one CD, the Impulse! label presents this smooth-voiced baritone backed by brassy orchestration for the first time since his dates with the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band. This proves to be a fine marriage, though lacking the intimacy of his unparalleled recordings with the small ensembles led by John Coltrane John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman and Illinois Jacquet I Just Dropped by to Say Hello. One of the biggest tragedies of the swing/cocktail revival of the late '90s was that this album remained unheard at all the martini parties thrown by hipsters across the globe. Like dark satin in a highball glass, Johnny Hartman simmers through a song with a combination of Nat "King" Cole's amiable warmth and Frank Sinatra's sly phrasing. Unforgettable shines with pop standards like "The Very Thought of You," "The More I See You," "Isn't It Romantic?," "Almost Like Being in Love," and of course the title track, in which Hartman pays loving tribute to Cole while still never abandoning his own personal touch. The album concludes with five live tracks side 2 of the 1966 LP I Love Everybody, swingingly propelled by the rapid-fire drumwork of Shelly Manne and including the smoldering "That Old Black Magic" and the hilarious at least 30+ years later chauvinism of "Girl Talk." Perfect for a black-tie wedding reception or a much more casual evening for two in front of the fire, Unforgettable like any of Hartman's Impulse! recordings is filled with a warm romanticism that never gets smarmy, and always stays as cool as a blackjack dealer at The Sands.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/24/1995
  • Label: Grp Records
  • UPC: 011105015226
  • Catalog Number: 152
  • Sales rank: 80,785

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Hartman Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Curtis Amy Tenor Saxophone
Conte Candoli Trumpet
Herb Ellis Guitar
Plas Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Harold Land Tenor Saxophone
Shelly Manne Drums
Oliver Nelson Conductor
Anthony Ortega Alto Saxophone
Gerald Wilson Conductor
Gabe Baltazar Alto Saxophone
Stan Levey Drums
John Gray Guitar
Al Porcino Trumpet
Mike Barone Trombone
Samuel Boghossian Viola
Bud Brisbois Trumpet
Ray Brown Bass
Billy Byers Trumpet
Teddy Edwards Tenor Saxophone
Bill Green Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Hill Trumpet
Bill Hood Baritone Saxophone
Howard Roberts Guitar
Leonard Malarsky Violin
Joe Mondragon Bass
Mike Melvoin Piano
Ollie Mitchell Trumpet
Melvin Moore Trumpet
Jack Nimitz Baritone Saxophone
Wilbert Nuttycombe Violin
George Poole Violin
Jerome Reisler Violin
Lester Robertson Trombone
Emmet Sargeant Cello
Darrel Terwilliger Violin
Jimmy Bond Bass
Joseph Ditullio Cello
Dennis Budimer Guitar
Jules Chaikin Trumpet
Betty Marks Violin
Alvin Rinkin Viola
John Vidusich Violin
John Ewing Trombone
Ernie Tack Trombone
Technical Credits
Oliver Nelson Arranger
Gerald Wilson Arranger
Michael Cuscuna Reissue Producer
Michael Edwards Composer
Will Friedwald Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Bud Green Composer
Bob Thiele Producer
Patrick Milligan Personnel
Jason Claiborne Graphic Design
Hollis King Artwork
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