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  John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman
  "John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman"

John Coltrane (tenor saxophone)
Johnny Hartman (vocals)
McCoy Tyner (piano)
Jimmy Garrison (bass)
Elvin Jones (drums)
Track listing:
  1. They Say It's Wonderful
2. Dedicated To You
3. My One And Only Love
4. Lush Life
5. You Are Too Beautiful
6. Autumn Serenade
  Jazz - Vocal
Recording type:
Recording info:
  Programme is presented twice: first in mono, then in stereo.

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Reviews: 2

Review by miguelito54 July 23, 2007 (9 of 9 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Compared to the previously available CD masterings this reissue sounds so much better. Volume level is higher, dynamics are wider, all instruments have more presence, especially the piano sounds profits from the remastering. What makes this disc special is that it presents both the mono and stereo mixes on both CD and SACD layers.
Rudy Van Gelder's notes make one think: He confesses that in most cases the jazz producers he worked with still preferred to monitor the sessions in mono even in the late 1960's - the stereo mix was kind of a rough mix and rarely prepared with as much care as the mono mix. So we get to hear the mono mix first here, which makes for a more pleasant listening, as the stereo spread is pretty much left and right with only the voice in the center. The recording sounds more compact and "together" on the mono mix. (I have read similar stories about the Capitol studio engineers in California.)
Too bad many mono master tapes were destroyed or disposed of when mono went out of fashion. Listening to these in A-B comparison one gets the impression that all the stereo adds is a left/right dimension (I know this sounds trivial, but who thinks much about this during daily listening?) - the room ambience is all there in the mono mix but the instrument balance is somewhat better.
Back to mono? Yes!
Great for demonstration purposes, but besides that the music is magnificent. After first hearing Hartman sing "Lush Life" I said that I would trade 10 Sinatra records for one Hartman any day. I still would ... A jazz vocal album for the desert island. I cannot imagine anyone not enchanted by Hartman's voice.

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Review by Croc May 16, 2009 (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Vary good disc.
Music might be "too lush" for some.

First 6 tracks are Mono.
Stereo tracks start from 7th.

They indeed sound different - i would say that Stereo more bright, less congested, with more air between voice and unstruments, but thinner sounding.

Hard to decide - but that's no problem as you you have both versions and can play them both :-)

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