John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman
|John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman|
|Studio album by John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman|
|Recorded||March 7, 1963
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
|John Coltrane chronology|
|Johnny Hartman chronology|
Though it is often reported that Coltrane and Hartman had known each other since their days playing with Dizzy Gillespie's band in the late 1940s, the truth is that their time in the band never overlapped. Coltrane might have heard Hartman sing at a 1950 Apollo Theater performance at which they shared the stage. Hartman is the only vocalist with whom the saxophonist would record as a leader. Initially when producer Bob Thiele approached Hartman with Coltrane's request that the two record together Hartman was hesitant as he did not consider himself a jazz singer and did not think he and Coltrane would complement one another musically. However, Thiele encouraged Hartman to go see Coltrane perform at Birdland in New York to see if something could be worked out. Hartman did so, and after the club closed he, Coltrane and Coltrane's pianist, McCoy Tyner, went over some songs together. On March 7, 1963, Coltrane and Hartman had decided on 10 songs for the record album, but en route to the studio they heard Nat King Cole on the radio performing "Lush Life", and Hartman immediately decided that song had to be included in their album. The legendary compilation was made that same day at the Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Hartman once said that each song was done in only one take, except for "You Are Too Beautiful", which required two takes because Elvin Jones dropped one of his drumsticks during the first take. In 2005, the raw tapes were reviewed by jazz archivist Barry Kernfeld, who documented there were actually complete alternate takes for all six songs that he considered "absolutely riveting." Until clear ownership of these tapes is established between the Coltrane family and Universal Music, there are no plans for their release.
Kurt Elling's 2009 album Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman was recorded in tribute to John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.
- "They Say It's Wonderful" (Irving Berlin) – 5:20
- "Dedicated to You" (Sammy Cahn, Saul Chaplin, Hy Zaret) – 5:32
- "My One and Only Love" (Guy Wood, Robert Mellin) – 4:55
- "Lush Life" (Billy Strayhorn) – 5:29
- "You Are Too Beautiful" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 5:36
- "Autumn Serenade" (Peter DeRose, Sammy Gallop) – 4:19
- John Coltrane – tenor sax;
- Jimmy Garrison – double bass;
- Johnny Hartman - vocals
- Elvin Jones – drums;
- McCoy Tyner – piano;
- Allmusic review
- Gregg Akkerman, The Last Balladeer: The Johnny Hartman Story, Scarecrow Press (67). Excerpt at JazzTimes.com
- John S. Wilson, "POP/JAZZ", New York Times, May 21, 1982.
- Akkerman (125).
- FRETPLAY : Review : John Coltrane with Johnny Hartman John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman
- Jazz Standards: "My One and Only Love".
- John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman > Overview at Allmusic.
- John Coltrane Discography