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This album is Mastered for iTunes. Impulse! Records’ ideas for bringing John Coltrane to a larger audience in the early ’60s were highlighted by this pairing with connoisseurs’ favourite Hartman. The baritone drew on a deep well of emotion, which made him and Coltrane’s tenor sax a great match. The album’s highlight, of course, is a powerful version of Billy Strayhorn’s “Lush Life”. Hartman and Coltrane make the most of one of the 20th Century’s finest songs, shading it with musical and emotional colours that few artists even imagine. It hardly ends there, with the pair making thoughtful visits with “They Say It’s Wonderful” and “My One and Only Love”. More intimate than Sinatra’s orchestrated gems, the Coltrane and Hartman release hits a similar peak of style and expression.

Customer Reviews

Simply. Perfection.

On my short list of albums that I would take, if only allowed 10, to live with forever...


Ahhhh…soooo wonderful. if only they had done just 100 more….

John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman

This is one of my favorite classic jazz albums. It's to bad neither one is still with us. Hartman's voice is rich and full and and almost religious. Coltrane is just perfect.


Born: September 23, 1926 in Hamlet, NC

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s

Despite a relatively brief career (he first came to notice as a sideman at age 29 in 1955, formally launched a solo career at 33 in 1960, and was dead at 40 in 1967), saxophonist John Coltrane was among the most important, and most controversial, figures in jazz. It seems amazing that his period of greatest activity was so short, not only because he recorded prolifically, but also because, taking advantage of his fame, the record companies that recorded him as a sideman in the 1950s frequently reissued...
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