Boston Concerts 1976 (2 CD Set)
Johnny Hartman (vcl), Reggie Moore, Roland Hanna (p), Alex Lane, George Mraz (b), Bill English (d)
Johnny Hartman, known best for his 1963 collaboration with John Coltrane, is considered by many to be one of the most gifted jazz vocalists ever, yet his discography is surprisingly limited and he never gained the recognition he so justly deserved during his lifetime.
This double CD edition contains a complete previously unreleased performance by Johnny Hartman backed by a trio - taped in 1976 from a radio broadcast in Boston. It is the first known recording of Hartman following his 1973 album I've Been There - the next entry in his discography being the October 1977 live set at the Sometime Club in Tokyo, with Roland Hanna and George Mraz - which is presented here as a 9-track bonus.
The set includes his only known versions of "Bewitched", "Watch What Happens" and "Ive Got To Be Me", along with his only two recordings of top hits "Feelings" and "The Way We Were", and his only other performance of Billy Strayhorns "Lush Life" (apart from the famous recording with John Coltrane in 1963).
A 16-page booklet with detailed information and the complete song lyrics are also included. Excellent digitally remastered sound quality.
01. On Green Dolphin Street (3:00)
02. Intro by Johnny Hartman (1:29)
03. Sometimes I'm Happy (2:49)
04. Didn't We (5:19)
05. Bewitched (4:50)
06. On A Clear Day (3:21)
07. Misty (6:12)
08. Watch What Happens (3:06)
09. Blues (2:17)
10. By The Time I Get To Phoenix (3:59)
11. The More I See You (2:50)
12. If (4:40)
13. Help Me Make It Through The Night (3:14)
14. The Way We Were (5:26)
15. Bidin' My Time (3:01)
Total time: 55:39 min.
01. The Folks Who Live On The Hill (5:38)
02. Down In The Depths (On The 90Th Floor) (3:53)
03. Lush Life (5:23)
04. Feelings (5:20)
05. I've Got To Be Me (3:23)
06. Blues (1:32)
07. Feelings (5:17) (*) Bonus Track
08. The Way We Were (5:51) (*) Bonus Track
09. Send In The Clowns (5:08) (*) Bonus Track
10. Little Girl Blue (5:00) (*) Bonus Track
11. Sometimes I'm Happy (2:18) (*) Bonus Track
12. Summertime (5:31) (*) Bonus Track
13. S'posin' (2:49) (*) Bonus Track
14. My Foolish Heart (5:21) (*) Bonus Track
15. On A Clear Day (3:30) (*) Bonus Track
Total time: 66:00 min.
CD 1 & CD 2, tracks #1-6 previously unreleased.
Personnel: Johnny Hartman (vcl), Reggie Moore (p), Alex Lane (b) and Bill English (d). Recorded live at the Merry Go Round Club, Boston, Massachusetts, on February 24, 1976.
CD 2, tracks #7-15 previously issued in Japan as "Live At Sometime" (Trio LP PAP-0096). Personnel: Johnny Hartman (vcl), Sir Roland Hanna (p) and George Mraz (b). Recorded live at the Sometime Club, Tokyo, Japan, on October 13, 1977.