179

Johnny Hartman: The Voice That Is!

AAJ Staff By

Sign in to view read count
Johnny Hartman: The Voice That Is! The lush baritone voice of Johnny Hartman enriched many big bands in the Forties and Fifties including Dizzy Gillespie's and Erol Garner's. But in the sixties he recorded many fine albums as leader and with all-star small groups. Although not as popular as some of his other releases, "The Voice That Is" is an exceptional showcase of his beautiful talent.

Hartman is clearly the central figure in this recording. He doesn't share the limelight with many soloists as on his other jazz-oriented albums of the same period. The backing music is wonderfully arranged by Bob Hammer in total support of his singing. "My Ship" starts with just guitar whose high voicing beautifully augments Hartman's deep voice. A good part of the bluesy "The More I See You" has Hartman in a duet with the bass. Several songs have a latin feel employing, by degrees: an acoustic guitar, marimba, latin percussion (including castanets) and an oboe, such as on "The Day the World Stopped Turning" and "Joey, Joey, Joey." Others have a standard quartet backing with guitar, bass, drums and great sensitive piano work by Hank Jones.

Hartman has a deeply resonant and clear voice. He very carefully articulates the lyrics giving life to the words he is singing. His forte is the ballad. On "My Ship" he wonderfully creates the dreamy and yearning quality of the song. His terse attack and slow release also wonderfully describes a passionate glance on "A Slow Hot Wind." He also changes to an effective blues style for "The More I See You." Hartman far exceeds the most important goal for a vocalist, to have a moving effect on the listener.

This recording is an wonderfully arranged and supportive showcase for Johnny Hartman's rich and full voice. It may not be as jazzy as some of his recordings, but leaning just a bit towards the popular style seems to bring out the best he has to offer. And a listen to this album should convince you his offerings are considerable.


Track Listing: 1. My Ship 2. The More I See You 3. These Foolish Things 4. Waltz for Debby 5. It Never Entered My Mind 6. The Day the World Stopped Turning 7. A Slow Hot Wind 8. Funny World 9. Joey, Joey, Joey 10. Let Me Love You 11. Sunrise, Sunset

Personnel: Hank Jones, Bob Hammer - Piano Barry Galbraith, Howard Collins - Guitar Richard Davis - Bass Ozzie Johnson - Drums Dick Hafer - Reeds Phil Kraus - Marimba Willie Rodriguez - Percussion

Year Released: 1994 | Record Label: Impulse! | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Wild CD/LP/Track Review The Wild
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 26, 2017
Read This Is Nate Najar CD/LP/Track Review This Is Nate Najar
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Joy Comes Back CD/LP/Track Review Joy Comes Back
by James Nadal
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Apocalypse CD/LP/Track Review Apocalypse
by Julian Derry
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read "Gurutopia" CD/LP/Track Review Gurutopia
by James Nadal
Published: March 22, 2016
Read "Factory Girl" CD/LP/Track Review Factory Girl
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 22, 2016
Read "Andando el Tiempo" CD/LP/Track Review Andando el Tiempo
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 26, 2016
Read "Acceptance" CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Jim Olin
Published: June 30, 2016
Read "Out On The Coast" CD/LP/Track Review Out On The Coast
by Joe Gatto
Published: January 17, 2017
Read "Paris" CD/LP/Track Review Paris
by Duncan Heining
Published: November 23, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!