Friday Night Jazz: John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman

Friday, January 18, 2008 | 06:50 PM

John_coltrane_johnny_hartmanThis was a rough week (even for the Bears). So for this evening's FNJ, I am going to focus on a specific album that you should pop into your musical device of choice and enjoy: John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman

I have mentioned each of these fine gentlemen over the past few years.

Hartman has a dark, rich voice. His sense of pitch is superb, his diction outstanding. If you want a mellifluous, honey-toned baritone, there is none better. He was a crooner on par with Sinatra (if not better); indeed, Hartman may very well have been the greatest jazz balladeer of all time.

Foior_traneIn 1963, he released I Just Dropped by to Say Hello, with Illinois Jacquet as his sideman.  And, I just ordered  For Trane, a disc of tracks recorded in Japan. 

But his best known work remains the superb John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman - a beautiful, must own jazz classic

There's a terrific NPR Jazz Profile of  Johnny Hartman that is well worth exploring -- definitely check out Murray Horowitz and A.B. Spellman discussing the John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman album.



Enjoy Coltrane and Hartman's take on Billy Strayhorn's Play Lush Life ...

Friday, January 18, 2008 | 06:50 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0) add to | digg digg this! | technorati add to technorati | email email this post



TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Friday Night Jazz: John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman:


i agree: this is one of the candidates for desert island discs, a classic, best heard with fire burning and cognac in hand....

Posted by: howard | Jan 18, 2008 8:30:55 PM

The comments to this entry are closed.

Recent Posts

December 2008
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31      


Complete Archives List



Category Cloud

On the Nightstand

On the Nightstand

 Subscribe in a reader

Get The Big Picture!
Enter your email address:

Read our privacy policy

Essays & Effluvia

The Apprenticed Investor

Apprenticed Investor

About Me

About Me
email me

Favorite Posts

Tools and Feeds

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Add to Google Reader or Homepage

Subscribe to The Big Picture

Powered by FeedBurner

Add to Technorati Favorites


My Wishlist

Worth Perusing

Worth Perusing

mp3s Spinning

MP3s Spinning

My Photo



Odds & Ends

Site by Moxie Design Studios™