Lush Life – 1983
A priceless version of Hartman singing the song that he made famous with John Coltrane
Johnny Hartman (1923-83) was a superior ballad singer who had an up-and-down career that included some memorable highpoints.
Although he sang with the Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra as early as the late 1940s, his most notable recordings were three albums made for the Impulse label in the early 1960s, including a classic set with John Coltrane in 1963.
Best known from the latter album was his version of “Lush Life” which made the Billy Strayhorn song into a standard.
Johnny Hartman is at his very best on this memorable and haunting telecast.