Why John Coltrane Chose Johnny Hartman
In the midst of John Coltrane’s “ballad period,” an artistic period perhaps as popular and embedded in jazz culture as Picasso’s “blue period” is in modern art, Coltrane was searching for a vocalist for his next ballad album. The result immortalized Johnny Hartman. Why did Coltrane choose Hartman as his partner for that album? Jazz Times gives us a glimpse at Coltrane’s thinking, from Gregg Akkerman’s recently published book, The Last Balladeer: The Johnny Hartman Story.
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