Earl Coleman

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Stardust Review

by Scott Yanow

Earl Coleman's final recording (although he would live another decade) features the baritonist still in his musical prime. As usual he mostly sticks to ballads during the obscure Stash set. Pianist Michael Abene contributed the arrangements for the quintet (which also includes bassist George Duvivier, drummer Walter Bolden, Jerry Dodgion on reeds and trumpeter Tom Harrell). Among the highpoints are "I Hear a Rhapsody," "Star Eyes" and "This Time the Dream's on Me." It seems strange that Earl Coleman's deep and appealing voice never resulted in him becoming a popular attraction like Billy Eckstine and Johnny Hartman.