Johnny Hartman Once In Every Life Hybrid Stereo SACD
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the Original Analog Master Tape!
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"He was a baritone with an ease that could kill you." So writes Eugene S.
Robinson for Ozy.com, describing the genius jazz baritone crooner Johnny
In 1946, when Hartman was 23, he won a singing contest; eventually, he earned a
spot in Dizzy Gillespie's band. Hartman labored largely unappreciated after
getting kicked out of the band. That is, until he was spotted by John Coltrane
and got pulled into creating what is probably his most noted recording, John
Coltane and Johnny Hartman. Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin routinely sought out
Hartman's shows to soak up how he caught the phrase of a song just so. Sadly,
Hartman was felled by lung cancer at age 60; both his work and his story are
Here, Analogue Productions brings you Once in Every Life. This was Johnny
Hartman's next-to-last album (he made a record for Audiophile 12 days later) and
the 57-year-old singer was still in prime form. His rich baritone voice is
joined by a sextet also including Frank Wess (on tenor and flute), trumpeter Joe
Wilder and pianist Billy Taylor.
The ballads range from slow to a brighter medium-tempo pace, and Hartman
(particularly on such tunes as "Easy Living," "Wave" and "I Could Write a Book")
shows that he still had it this late in his career, writes AllMusic. In his film
"Bridges of Madison County" Clint Eastwood used four tracks from Once in Every
Life. That movie turned a lot of people on to Johnny Hartman.
Needless to say, the richness of this SACD reissue doesn't stop with Hartman's
easy, mellow voice. Not by a long shot. To present his gorgeous tone in its best
light we relied upon the always-top-notch mastering of Kevin Gray at Cohearent
Audio, and the superior analog-like sound of SACD. Top it off with a 8-panel
booklet with session photos in a Super Jewel case and you've got the best Johnny
Hartman reissue album you'll ever own.
This is definitely one you're not going to want to miss. Wow! Analogue
Productions' Chad Kassem had been trying to license this title since 1994, and
we finally got it. You'll know why he tried so long after you hear it. If you
like our reissue of Dean Martin/Dream With Dean, you're gonna love this one.
"This is a record fans of it have long hoped would be reissued but I'd
been told that (Clint) Eastwood had gone beyond licensing the tracks and had
bought the tapes. Leave it to Chad Kassem to get the tapes ... In any case the
sound here is even better — way better than the already fine original. If you
are a fan of this kind of 'Great American Songbook' style singing, you'll love
this record. How great was Hartman? He's the only vocalist John Coltrane
recorded with, but you probably knew that. An easy to recommend reissue!" -
Michael Fremer, AnalogPlanet.com, Music 9/11, Sound 10/11
"Analogue Productions rose to the challenge and reissued this gem in ever
better balance, clarity, and focus of instruments. Hartman's voice is pure
velvet smoothness. His mellow baritone at times is amazing in his breath
control. Instruments come out of darkness, and yet blend and support Hartman to
perfection. ... This entire album is not to be missed. It is a valuable example
of how to produce a recording that literally takes the listener on a journey
through the ups and downs of love and romance. Analogue Productions has done it
yet again. This recording is ageless, and is a top recommendation from me!"
- David Nemzer, Positive Feedback Online, November 2016
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on
most conventional CD Players!
• Mastered From Original Analog Master Tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
• 8-panel booklet with session photos
Johnny Hartman, vocals
Frank Wess, tenor sax, flute
Joe Wilder, trumpet, flugelhorn
Al Gafa, guitar
Billy Taylor, piano
Victor Gaskin, bass
Keith Copeland, drums
1. Easy Living
2. It Was Almost Like A Song
4. By Myself
5. For All We Know
6. Will You Still Be Mine
7. Nobody Home
8. I Could Write A Book
9. I See Your Face Before Me