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Album Review

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," "Waltz for Debby," and "It Never Entered My Mind"), the second date has weaker material, primarily several songs from movies or shows, 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, but this set is not as essential as his earlier meetings with John Coltrane and Illinois Jacquet.

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This guy was incredible

In response to the reviewer who stated that if you have the Coltrane record (which you really should btw) you needn't get this. Well, not to start a flame war or anything -but that's kinda like saying if need only Sinatra album -or Ramones record, for that matter.

While I'm not a jazz scholar, Hartman's phasing alone is worth the price of admission. And yeah, it's another great make out record - just like the Coltrane one.

Good job on "Joey"

JH pulls off a great rendition of "Joey, Joey, Joey" on this LP, the hit from the Broadway play "The Most Happy Fella." It's not an easy song to sing.


If your first Johnny Hartman album was the one he did with Coltrane, this one doesn't need to be your second. His voice is great and its fun to hear him with a guitar player in his group, but the song selection isn't very interesting. He does an amazing job on "These Foolish Things," though. I would buy the album all over again just to hear that song. "My Ship" also sounds pretty good. But there are probably better Johnny Hartman albums out there.


Born: July 3, 1923 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Though he was never the most distinctive vocalist, Johnny Hartman rose above others to become the most commanding, smooth balladeer of the 1950s and '60s, a black crooner closely following Billy Eckstine and building on the form with his notable jazz collaborations, including the 1963 masterpiece John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman. Born in Chicago, he began singing early on and performed while in Special Services in the Army. Hartman studied music while at college and made his professional debut in...
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