2 rare Japanese-only albums from vocalist Johnny Hartman – back to back on one CD! Trane's Favorites was originally released only in Japan, eventually came out in the US on CD many years later (as For Trane) – and is one of Johnny Hartman's greatest recordings, perhaps his strongest jazz session ever! The backing is fantastic, and Johnny's deep voice opens up to new depths on this batch of standards all interpreted by John Coltrane. The Coltrane reference is not incidental, either, because Johnny really hits a new level on this material, and breaks out of his usual sleepy style of singing, into a more free, more modal groove. Titles include "Summertime", "Nature Boy", "Violets For Your Furs", and "Greensleeves". That album is paired with another Japanese-only session from 1972 – one that featured trumpeter Terumasa Hino co-leading the record with Johnny, and a record that never came out in the US! The feel here is easygoing and jazzy – not nearly as dark and brooding as some of Hartman's other ballad albums, and in a mode that takes full advantage of the higher level of recording offered in the Japanese studios. Tracks are all in a middle range of length – and Johnny opens up a bit with his interpretations – not as free as on his Coltrane session, but still with a relaxed and glowing warmth that's made even better by Hino's well-placed solos. Titles include "Sometimes I'm Happy", "Fly Me To The Moon", "Green Dolphin Street", "My Funny Valentine", and "S'posin". © 1996-2020, Dusty Groove, Inc.
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