Picks and Pans Review: It Hurts to Be in Love
Trained in classical music and renowned for playing bass and singing on the Edgar Winter Group's Free Ride, singer/songwriter/pianist Hartman is now afloat on his own at 30. This, his fourth solo effort, shows an eclectic taste that ranges from sensitive, James Taylorish ballads to rhythmic rockers. It can't hurt to have worked with such diverse artists as Foghat, Neil Sedaka and Muddy Waters at the Schoolhouse, the Connecticut recording studio he owns. His rendition of the frothy pop title tune does little to improve on the 1964 original recorded by at least seven artists, though. Sensitive singers, the genre in which Hartman belongs, are abundant, but his agility is refreshing.