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If what you want to do is melt into delicious music...,
This review is from: Priceless Jazz (Audio CD)
Johnny Hartman is the perfect choice - maybe the only voice that can produce the sensory vertigo I experienced the first time I heard him sing "You are too Beautiful..."
Then, when I read Billy Collins' poem likening Hartman's voice to the smoke of a forgotten cigarette curling up from an ashtray sitting atop a baby grand piano in the dark hours of early morning (I hope I'm not doing the poem a terrible disservice - I don't have the words - or should I say lyrics - memorized; only the feelings the poetry stirs in me!), I could have died and gone straight to heaven. (Maybe I did.)
Johnny Hartman's Everything, and Billy Collins' Poetry-and-Everything, are a perfect fit. Buy this CD and get your hands on a copy of the slender, perfect book, "The Art of Drowning," and see what I mean.
It is a shame that Johnny Hartman was never as widely recognized for his wonderfulness as he most certainly should have been. He was and is the best. It's not fair to music lovers everywhere that he is no longer around to perform. Moreover, it is terribly unfair to me that I wasn't around to meet Johnny Hartman, and that Billy Collins is not my next door neighbor. We could talk about jazz and poetry and I would buy my sugar from a little shop in town, one cup at a time. To replace the cup I had borrowed the day before...