The Great American Songbook Countdown – #6: Lush Life

coltrane+hartman[1]I was browsing Barnes and Nobles sometime during the summer of 1997 when I came across the simply-titled John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman album. I knew this was an LP that I had to own after hearing the duo cover Bill Strayhorn’s “Lush Life”1. I still get goosebumps listening to it. No other version (not even Trane’s solo take) can compare to this recording. Their take is, simply put, the definitive recording of this classic.

John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman – Lush Life



  1. NPR has a great post about Billy Strayhorn and this song here.

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