The Nearness of You

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Bennie Wallace has long been known for his sudden interval leaps and somewhat angular approach, and this studio date is no exception, though it focuses exclusively on standards written between the 1930s and 1950s. The tenor saxophonist chose two top-caliber musical partners, pianist Kenny Barron and bassist Eddie Gomez, to join him on his excursions, all of which are delightful. Barron's blues-drenched piano sets the table for Wallace's mournful sax in "Willow Weep for Me," while Gomez provides a series of intriguing responses to the leader in an anything but hackneyed treatment of "Cocktails for Two." Hoagy Carmichael's warm ballad "The Nearness of You" is clearly in the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Bennie Wallace has long been known for his sudden interval leaps and somewhat angular approach, and this studio date is no exception, though it focuses exclusively on standards written between the 1930s and 1950s. The tenor saxophonist chose two top-caliber musical partners, pianist Kenny Barron and bassist Eddie Gomez, to join him on his excursions, all of which are delightful. Barron's blues-drenched piano sets the table for Wallace's mournful sax in "Willow Weep for Me," while Gomez provides a series of intriguing responses to the leader in an anything but hackneyed treatment of "Cocktails for Two." Hoagy Carmichael's warm ballad "The Nearness of You" is clearly in the hands of three masters as it is recast with a distinctively modern touch. This is easily a high point in Bennie Wallace's long career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/20/2008
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • EAN: 4580142343372
  • Catalog Number: 59040

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Come Rain or Come Shine - Kenny Barron (9:26)
  2. 2 Willow Weep for Me - Kenny Barron (5:08)
  3. 3 Crazy He Calls Me - Kenny Barron (4:19)
  4. 4 Cocktails for Two - Kenny Barron (3:54)
  5. 5 Why Was I Born? - Kenny Barron (5:00)
  6. 6 The Nearness of You - Kenny Barron (6:00)
  7. 7 I'm Old Fashioned - Kenny Barron (4:43)
  8. 8 I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face - Kenny Barron (5:21)
  9. 9 Some Other Spring - Kenny Barron (4:01)
  10. 10 'Tis Autumn - Kenny Barron (4:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bennie Wallace Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Gomez Bass, Bass Guitar
Kenny Barron Piano
Technical Credits
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Joe Harley Producer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Bob Russell Composer
Carl Sigman Composer
Matthias Winckelmann Executive Producer
Joseph Marciano Engineer
Arthur Johnston Composer
Ann Ronell Composer
Sam Coslow Composer
Henry Nemo Composer
Lon Neuman Engineer
Candice Srubar Cover Model
John Abbott Cover Photo
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