Johnny Hartman – The Voice That Is (1964) [Analogue Productions 2012] SACD ISO + DSF DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC

Johnny Hartman – The Voice That Is (1964) [Analogue Productions 2012]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 36:36 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 1,07 GB
or DSD64 2.0 (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Front/Rear Covers | 963 MB
or FLAC (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 760 MB

Though he was never the most distinctive vocalist, Johnny Hartman rose above others to become the most commanding, smooth balladeer of the 1950s and ’60s, a black crooner closely following Billy Eckstine and building on the form with his notable jazz collaborations. This album featuring performances recorded in 1964 for the Impulse! label.

Ballad singer Johnny Hartman’s third and final Impulse session is not quite on the same level as the first two. Although the earlier of the two sessions has several near-classic performances (including “My Ship,” “Waltz for Debby,” and “It Never Entered My Mind”), the second date has weaker material, primarily several songs from movies or shows, including “Sunrise, Sunset.” Hartman is in fine form whether backed by the Hank Jones quartet or accompanied by an octet arranged by pianist Bob Hammer, but this set is not as essential as his earlier meetings with John Coltrane and Illinois Jacquet.


01. The More I See You
02. A Slow Hot Wind
03. Let Me Love You
04. Funny World
05. These Foolish Things
06. My Ship
07. The Day The World Stopped Turning
08. Joey, Joey, Joey
09. Sunrise, Sunset
10. Waltz For Debbie
11. It Never Entered My Mind

Johnny Hartman – vocals
Dick Hafer – reeds (tracks 6-11)
Phil Kraus – marimba (tracks 6-11)
Howard Collins – guitar (tracks 6-11)
Barry Galbraith – guitar
Hank Jones – piano (tracks 1-5)
Bob Hammer – piano, arranger (tracks 6-11)
Richard Davis – bass
Osie Johnson – drums
Willie Rodriguez – percussion

Recorded in New York City on September 22, 1964 (tracks 1-5) and September 24, 1964 (tracks 6-11).
Mastered for this SACD by Kevin Gray.




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