Mastered from the Original Analogue Tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
1980's Once In Every Life served as quintessential romantic balladeer Johnny Hartman's second-to-last album cut at the age of 57 with a smooth and sophisticated quintet featuring Al Gafa (guitar), Billy Taylor (piano), Victor Gaskin (bass), Keith Copeland (drums), Frank Wess (tenor saxophone & flute) and Joe Wilder (trumpet & flugelhorn).
Wheelhouse ballads like "Easy Living," "Wave" and "I Could Write a Book" find Hartman's baritone as rich and mellow as ever and well known jazz lover Clint Eastwood even used four tracks from Once in Every Life in his acclaimed 1995 film Bridges of Madison County.
"...the sound here is even better – way better than the already fine original. If you are a fan of this kind of 'Great American Songbook' style singing, you'll love this record. How great was Hartman? He's the only vocalist John Coltrane recorded with, but you probably knew that. An easy to recommend reissue!" – Michael Fremer, Analog Planet
Johnny Hartman, vocals
Al Gafa, guitar
Billy Taylor, piano
Victor Gaskin, bass
Keith Copeland, drums
Frank Wess, tenor saxophone & flute
Joe Wilder, trumpet & flugelhorn
• Hybrid Stereo SACD from Analogue Productions
• Mastered from the original analogue tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio