John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman
|John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman|
|Studio album by John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman|
|Released||End of July 1963|
|Recorded||March 7, 1963
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
|John Coltrane chronology|
|Johnny Hartman chronology|
|The Penguin Guide to Jazz|||
|The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide|||
Although 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 City 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.
Recording and music
The recording was made on March 7, 1963 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.
Release and reception
The album was announced on July 6, 1963 on Billboard and released toward the end of the month on Impulse!, produced by Thiele. It became an instant jazz classic, and the renditions of "Lush Life", "My One and Only Love", and "They Say It's Wonderful" are considered definitive.
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.
|1.||"They Say It's Wonderful" (Irving Berlin)||5:20|
|2.||"Dedicated to You" (Sammy Cahn, Saul Chaplin, Hy Zaret)||5:32|
|3.||"My One and Only Love" (Guy Wood, Robert Mellin)||4:55|
|4.||"Lush Life" (Billy Strayhorn)||5:29|
|5.||"You Are Too Beautiful" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)||5:36|
|6.||"Autumn Serenade" (Peter DeRose, Sammy Gallop)||4:19|
- Johnny Hartman – vocals
- John Coltrane – tenor sax
- McCoy Tyner – piano
- Jimmy Garrison – double bass
- Elvin Jones – drums
- Billboard Aug 3, 1963
- Allmusic review
- Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 289. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
- Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 97. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
- 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).
- Billboard July 6, 1963
- 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.