Conroy does well with the tunes which are in Hartman's vocal bailiwick. "You Are too Beautiful" comes from the memorable Lush Life with the John Coltrane Quartet. While not measuring up to Hartman's interpretation (and who does?), Conroy does not embarrass himself by any means. Edd Richards' piano does a nice job on the McCoy Tyner solo from this track. "Don't You Know I Care", from Hartman's 1963 I Just Dropped By To Say Hello album for Impulse!, is helped considerably by the appearance of saxophonist Red Holloway.
This is a very listenable album. It's an accolade to a great singer, but without aimless aping of songs the honoree sang. Not Hartman by any means, but still a good presentation and recommended.
Track Listing: Inspiration^; Heart of the Man*%; A Night at the Parisian^; Don't You Know I Care*$; You Stepped out of a Dream$; I Just Dropped By to Say Hello%; Nature Boy%; You Are Too Beautiful*^; Johnny Kept on Singing;$ Appreciation$
Personnel: Jim Conroy - Vocals; Ken Hustad - Bass; Gary Drysdale - Guitar; Scott Wright*, Red Holloway# - Sax; Bruce Beck$, Bill Murray%, Edd Richards^ - Piano; Darrell Voss - Drums; Julia Babb, Inga Swearingen - Backup Vocals
Record Label: Jim Conroy
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