Johnny Hartman
Voice That Is !

  2 x LP   180grs   33⅓rpm     US /gatefold sleeve 

2011 US reissue on 180g 2LP = Ballad singer Johnny Hartman's third and final Impulse session is not quite on the same level as the first two. Although the earlier of the two sessions has several near-classic performances (including "My Ship," "Wa...

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Release date: 29-04-2011(Originally released in 1964)
 
2011 US reissue on 180g 2LP = Ballad singer Johnny Hartman's third and final Impulse session.   The earlier of the two sessions has several near-classic performances (including "My Ship," "Waltz for Debby," and "It Never Entered My Mind"), the second including "Sunrise, Sunset." Hartman is in fine form whether backed by the Hank Jones quartet or accompanied by an octet arranged by pianist Bob Hammer.
 
Tracks:
1.  The More I See You
2.  A Slow Hot Wind
3.  Let Me Love You
4.  Funny World
5.  These Foolish Things
6.  My Ship
7.  The Day The World Stopped Turning
8.  Joey, Joey, Joey
9.  Sunrise, Sunset
10. Waltz For Debbie
11. It Never Entered My Mind 
 
Johnny Hartman was unquestionably a great jazz singer, but his brushes with fame have always come from surprising associations: first his collaboration with John Coltrane and then his prominent and posthumous appearance on the soundtrack to The Bridges of Madison County. This 1964 recording demonstrates the art he could bring to both standards and more ephemeral material. The first five tracks have Hartman accompanied by an excellent quartet led by pianist Hank Jones, a key partner on several of the singer's recordings. Guitarist Barry Galbraith adds fittingly liquid solos and completes a great rhythm section with Richard Davis on bass and Osie Johnson on drums. It's an intimate, supremely musical setting that shows Hartman at his best, swinging lightly on "The More I See You" and Bill Evans's "Waltz for Debbie," infusing the ballads with a unique luster. The other tracks come from a session arranged by pianist Bob Hammer, who put together an unusual octet to back Hartman on film and show tunes. The band has Dick Hafer on reeds and a sparkling, expanded rhythm section, which added another guitar, marimba, and percussion to the group for continuous rhythmic detail. Along with Hartman's other Impulse recordings from the period, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman and I Just Dropped By to Say Hello, this is essential hearing for fans of the jazz ballad. --Stuart Broomer
Discs: 2
Drager(LP,EP,12,7,CD): LP
Qual(120grs,150grs,180grs): 180grs
Speed(33,45): 33
Extra info: US /gatefold sleeve
Label: Analogue Productions
Originally released: 1965
This release: 2011
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