The Romantic Balladeer

NPR profiles Johnny Hartman, a jazz singer with such a deep, gorgeous baritone:

Hartman was a master of emotional expression, putting a wealth of subtle nuance into every word he sang. With any other vocalist, performing love songs with that kind of intensity could easily come across as being over the top or gushing, but Hartman’s rich, baritone voice never wavered in its sincerity.

Make sure you listen to the 54-minute program.