John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman: My One and Only Love


My One and Only Love


John Coltrane (tenor sax) and Johnny Hartman (vocals)


John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman (Impulse GRD-157)

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John Coltrane (tenor sax), Johnny Hartman (vocals), McCoy Tyner (piano), Jimmy Garrison (bass), Elvin Jones (drums).

Composed by Guy Wood & Robert Mellin


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, March 7, 1963


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

Marketing considerations spurred the pairing of John Coltrane with a vocalist, and the precedents here were not promising. Anyone who remembers Charlie Parker's collaborations with Earl Coleman (whose singing is similar to Hartman's), knows that progressive saxophony and baritone balladry don't always mix. But, against all odds, this pairing not only succeeded but resulted in one of Coltrane's most popular and artistically successful albums. Thousands of saxophonists have played this song, but this will always be the definitive version for most jazz fans. Hartman never sounded better, and Trane offers one of his most heartfelt performances. This is track to share with your friends who are sure that they don't like jazz.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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