Mahogany Sings Hartman

Let’s be frank. No one can do Johnny Hartman like Johnny Hartman. He was a singer’s singer with a deep tenor voice and a distinctive ballad style. He also had John Coltrane by his side. Mahogany has a great voice of his own and he takes on Hartman’s signature tunes with his personal interpretation, like scatting on “Green Dolphin Street.” The live recordings of Mahogany Sings Hartman featured only bass, piano and vocals. While Mahogany’s voice remains terrific, the poor quality of the recording engineer brings down the album.