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by Johnny HartmanJohnny Hartman


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Combining songs from two 1966 ABC-Paramount LPs (Unforgettable Songs by Johnny Hartman and side two of I Love Everybody) onto one CD, the Impulse! label presents this smooth-voiced baritone backed by brassy orchestration for the first time since his dates with the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band. This proves to be a fine marriage, though lacking the intimacy of his unparalleled recordings with the small ensembles led by John Coltrane (John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman) and Illinois Jacquet (I Just Dropped by to Say Hello). One of the biggest tragedies of the swing/cocktail revival of the late '90s was that this album remained unheard at all the martini parties thrown by hipsters across the globe. Like dark satin in a highball glass, Johnny Hartman simmers through a song with a combination of Nat "King" Cole's amiable warmth and Frank Sinatra's sly phrasing. Unforgettable shines with pop standards like "The Very Thought of You," "The More I See You," "Isn't It Romantic?," "Almost Like Being in Love," and of course the title track, in which Hartman pays loving tribute to Cole while still never abandoning his own personal touch. The album concludes with five live tracks (side 2 of the 1966 LP I Love Everybody), swingingly propelled by the rapid-fire drumwork of Shelly Manne and including the smoldering "That Old Black Magic" and the hilarious (at least 30+ years later) chauvinism of "Girl Talk." Perfect for a black-tie wedding reception or a much more casual evening for two in front of the fire, Unforgettable (like any of Hartman's Impulse! recordings) is filled with a warm romanticism that never gets smarmy, and always stays as cool as a blackjack dealer at The Sands.

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Product Details

Release Date: 07/24/1995
Label: Grp Records
UPC: 0011105015226
catalogNumber: 152
Rank: 66451


  1. Almost Like Being in Love
  2. Once In A While
  3. Isn't It Romantic?
  4. Love Is Here to Stay
  5. The More I See You
  6. What Do I Owe Her
  7. Bidin' My Time
  8. Down In The Depths
  9. Fools Rush In
  10. The Very Thought of You
  11. Unforgettable
  12. Ain't Misbehavin'
  13. Today I Love Everybody
  14. 'Tain't No Need
  15. For The Want Of A Kiss
  16. Girl Talk
  17. That Old Black Magic

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Hartman   Primary Artist,Vocals
Curtis Amy   Tenor Saxophone
Conte Candoli   Trumpet
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Plas Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Harold Land   Tenor Saxophone
Shelly Manne   Drums
Oliver Nelson   Conductor
Anthony Ortega   Alto Saxophone
Gerald Wilson   Conductor
Gabe Baltazar   Alto Saxophone
Stan Levey   Drums
John Gray   Guitar
Porcino   Trumpet
Mike Barone   Trombone
Samuel Boghossian   Viola
Bud Brisbois   Trumpet
Ray Brown   Bass
Billy Byers   Trumpet
Teddy Edwards   Tenor Saxophone
Bill Green   Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Hill   Trumpet
Bill Hood   Baritone Saxophone
Howard Roberts   Guitar
Leonard Malarsky   Violin
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Mike Melvoin   Piano
Ollie Mitchell   Trumpet
Melvin Moore   Trumpet
Jack Nimitz   Baritone Saxophone
Wilbert Nuttycombe   Violin
George Poole   Violin
Jerome Reisler   Violin
Lester Robertson   Trombone
Emmet Sargeant   Cello
Darrel Terwilliger   Violin
Jimmy Bond   Bass
Joseph Ditullio   Cello
Dennis Budimer   Guitar
Jules Chaikin   Trumpet
Betty Marks   Violin
Alvin Rinkin   Viola
John Vidusich   Violin
John Ewing   Trombone
Ernie Tack   Trombone

Technical Credits

Oliver Nelson   Arranger
Gerald Wilson   Arranger
Michael Cuscuna   Reissue Producer
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Bud Green   Composer
Bob Thiele   Producer
Patrick Milligan   Personnel
Jason Claiborne   Graphic Design
Hollis King   Artwork
Michael Edwards   Composer

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