Sunday, November 6, 2011

Johnny Hartman - I Just Dropped By to Say Hello (1987)

Johnny Hartman - I Just Dropped By to Say Hello (1987)
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Genre ~ Vocal Jazz, Standards | Label ~ impulse!

The second Impulse! session for ballad singer Johnny Hartman followed his classic collaboration with John Coltrane. Hartman is heard in peak form throughout these 11 pieces, which include "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," "Sleepin' Bee," "Stairway to the Stars," and even "Charade." Tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet is on five of the songs, guitarists Kenny Burrell and Jim Hall help out on a few tunes, and Hartman is consistently accompanied by pianist Hank Jones, bassist Milt Hinton, and drummer Elvin Jones. This is one of his finest recordings. ~Allmusic

01. Charade (02:39)
02. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning (02:50)
03. Sleepin' Bee (02:15)
04. Don't You Know I Care (04:14)
05. Kiss & Run (03:36)
06. If I'm Lucky (02:53)
07. I Just Dropped By to Say Hello (04:10)
08. Stairway to the Stars (03:10)
09. Our Time (03:01)
10. Don't Call it Love (02:08)
11. How Sweet it is to Be in Love (02:21)

Johnny Hartman - vocals
Hank Jones - piano
Illinois Jacquet - tenor sax
Kenny Burrell, Jim Hall - guitars
Milt Hinton - bass
Elvin Jones - drums

Produced by Bob Thiele
Musical Coordinator: Bob Hammer
Recorded October 09 and 17, 1963
Recording Engineer: Rudy Van Gelder
Cover Design: Flynn/Viceroy
Cover and liner photos by Charles Stewart
Liner notes by Sid Mark
Digitally remastered from the original stereo master tapes

Thanks to the original releaser.