John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman (Limited Edition 45RPM 180 Gram 2LP)

Almost half a century is dividing us from a release of a classical jazz milestone “John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman”. Right now there is a luxury re-edition on two vinyl records by the company Original Recording Group.

A couple of years before his death in 1967 and on the top of his carrier John Coltrane, who since the fifties actively cooperated with Miles Davis and in his field of music he got widely respected, got together with only little famous Johnny Hartman, a singer of classical hits. He was no newcomer in music area; his experience was gathered while recording with Earl Hines and Dizzy Gillespie in 1940s and it was quite obvious that he was artistically on top of his creative powers.

John Coltrane, a master of saxophone preludes who shifter bebop into avant-garde absolute,  was loosely inspired by a simple and direct world of Johnny Hartman, who bases his music in typical melody and loving adoration. A velvet voice is contrasting with a mighty sound shooting in the ether just like a cannon ball of Matylda at Verdun, while simple thought through phrasing is not omitted,  pays tribute to classical jazz of the first half of 20th century. All you need is listen carefully to Lush Life or My One And Only Love to find out that these interpretations of the old world are a definite crossing over the Rubicon. Yes the combination of a lyrical and emotional world view closes Coltrane’s cruise outside experimental waters and on contrary gets inspired by a romantic jazz and classical procedures due to which there is a perfectly dark and beautiful masterpiece of the 1960s. A limited edition invites us to take a look into the times when bebop respected older music genres without which it would not even exist.


John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman

Formate: Vinyl, 180 g 2 LP

Recorded: 7. 3. 1963

Released: 2012

Label: Original Recording Group







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