JOHN COLTRANE
           with Johnny Hartman

                    Recording Date:
                        March 7, 1963

                       John Coltrane     SS,TS
                       Jimmy Garrison   B 
                       Johnny Hartman  Vo
                       Elvin Jones         D
                       McCoy Tyner       P 


Review by Scott Yanow
John Coltrane's matchup with singer Johnny Hartman, although quite unexpected, works extremely well. Hartman, who had not recorded since 1956, was in prime form on the six ballads, and his versions of "Lush Life" and "My One and Only Love" have never been topped. Coltrane's playing throughout the session is beautiful, sympathetic, and still exploratory; he sticks exclusively to tenor on the date. At only half an hour, one wishes there were twice as much music, but what is here is classic, essential for all jazz collections.

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