Original Recordings Group [ORG] / Impulse!

John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman | 45rpm 2LP


Original Recordings Group [ORG] / Impulse!

John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman | 45rpm 2LP


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A TAV Essential Listening Album.

On March 7, 1963 Coltrane and Hartman had decided on 10 songs for the record album, but en route to the studio they heard Nat King Cole on the radio performing "Lush Life", and Hartman immediately decided that song had to be included in their album. The legendary compilation was made that same day at the Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Each song was done in only one take, except for "You Are Too Beautiful."

This album is a legendary jazz classic, and the renditions of "Lush Life", "My One and Only Love", and "They Say It's Wonderful" are considered definitive. A must-have for any jazz or audiophile collection.

“There are few jazz albums a man might choose from for amorous purposes. Most of the best are the work of instrumentalists; certainly, hardly any featuring male singers fit the bill. One, however, does; one that establishes such a lofty standard, subsequent attempts to top or even equal it seem doomed from the outset. John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman, recorded in 1963 on the Impulse! label, remains perfectly suited to any encounter in which romance is meant to play a part. …And, although the music is now nearly 50 years old, it has lost none of its glow: rather, it has aged like fine wine.

Throughout the album, the baritone Hartman, tenor saxophonist Coltrane (also known as Trane) and his peerless rhythm trio – pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones – make music that seems to be so in-the-moment, so up-close-and-personal, that it conjures, upon first hearing, a sense of shared intimacy. Hartman’s voice embodies masculine maturity, and here it is cushioned by filigreed piano accompaniment, rhythms brushed lightly with implication, basslines so soft they go unnoticed, beguiling saxophone solos and murmured obbligati. Those are the seductive attributes of Coltrane/Hartman. When used as background music in conjunction with low lights and late-night cocktails, the recording is like a charming gift that proves the giver is truly in touch with the recipient’s desires." – Howard Mandel | The Rake

Click here for Howard Mandel’s beautifully written article on the album in full via The Rake.


  • John Coltrane, tenor sax
  • Johnny Hartman, vocals
  • McCoy Turner, piano
  • Jimmy Garrison, bass
  • Elvin Jones, drums

This ORG 45rpm 2LP version was mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes, and was featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the June 2010 Issue of Stereophile.

The Absolute Sound rated this album as 'Best Audiophile Label Recording' in its November 2009 issue.



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John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman


John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman


Original Recordings Group [ORG] Music / Impulse!


2 × Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Album, Limited Edition, Remastered, 180g Gatefold



Release Date:

2004 for this reissue | 1963 for the original




Ballads, Hard Bop, Male Vocals

Catalog No:

Original Recordings Group ‎– ORG 017, Impulse! ‎– A-40