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Both for the music and spectacular sonics, for years Once In Every Life made both the audiophile and jazz enthusiast rounds This is a wonderful small gem of a record that I never tire of listening to that's never before sounded this good and it sounded quite good before! Sound 10/10 Music 9/10 Michael Fremer Analogplanet.com
"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 for Positive Feedback Online,
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Johnny Hartman's next-to-last album (he made a record for Audiophile 12 days later) finds the 57-year-old singer 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.
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
Johnny Hartman was the quintessential romantic balladeer. The only singer to record with John Coltrane, Hartman was mostly known only to true jazz lovers during his lifetime. It took a movie soundtrack -- released 12 years after his death -- that took Hartman to the top of the jazz charts. Listen to pianists Billy Taylor and Tony Monte, and writer Will Friedwald describe Johnny's singing
Actor, producer and director Clint Eastwood chose several of Hartman's recordings for the dreamy romantic scenes in his film The Bridges of Madison County and its sequel, Remembering Madison County. The movies were about a brief love affair between an aging photographer and a Midwestern housewife.
Listen to Monte explain how Hartman's singing was a perfect fit for The Bridges of Madison County
Hartman was a master of emotional expression, putting everything he had into every word he sang. With any other vocalist, performing a love song with this kind of intensity could easily come across as being over the top or gushing, but Hartman's rich, masculine baritone voice never wavered in its sincerity.
Bass – Victor Gaskin
Drums – Keith Copeland
Guitar – Al Gafa
Piano – Billy Taylor
Tenor Saxophone, Flute – Frank Wess
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Joe Wilder
Vocals – Johnny Hartman
Recorded August 11, 1980, Master Sound Productions, Franklin Square, NY.
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
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