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Join yours truly and listen to two of the greatest voices in jazz. The bold and vibrant timbre of saxophone legend John Coltrane binded to the warm and intimate vocals of Johnny Hartman joined at the hip to blend a unique volume of soulful classics and arrangements like no other, before or after them … is a definite plus for any music enthusiast. The Urban Flux

John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman
– [Impulse Records, 1963] – Original Recording Remastered

Cotrane and Hartman

Cotrane and Hartman

This is one of the three all-ballad albums that John Coltrane recorded in late 1962 and early 1963. Johnny Hartman was apparently Coltrane’s suggestion, and his deep, dark voice meshes perfectly here with Coltrane’s tenor. The material is well-chosen, including definitive readings of “My One and Only Love” and “Lush Life.” McCoy Tyner fills out the chords, augmenting the harmonies and keeping the tone of these ballads respectful but not overly sentimental.

All the players get to the deep structure of the songs and are not afraid to play in the most essential and elegant manner. This is beautiful jazz. —Michael Monhart

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