The Nearness of You

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
It takes guts for a new vocalist to dig into some of the high-water marks of the Great American Songbook, as Nicole Henry, a local favorite on the Florida music scene, does on her debut album, The Nearness of You. Considering the success of the project, it's a good thing she had the courage. Henry seems to have a natural affinity for standards, approaching such gems as "Somewhere over the Rainbow," "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man of Mine," and "You're Looking at Me" with zest and taste. To vary the fare, Henry also applies her talents to more contemporary fare, including John Lennon's "Imagine" and Brenda Russell's "Get Here." In all, a more than promising introduction to a...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
It takes guts for a new vocalist to dig into some of the high-water marks of the Great American Songbook, as Nicole Henry, a local favorite on the Florida music scene, does on her debut album, The Nearness of You. Considering the success of the project, it's a good thing she had the courage. Henry seems to have a natural affinity for standards, approaching such gems as "Somewhere over the Rainbow," "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man of Mine," and "You're Looking at Me" with zest and taste. To vary the fare, Henry also applies her talents to more contemporary fare, including John Lennon's "Imagine" and Brenda Russell's "Get Here." In all, a more than promising introduction to a singer worth keeping an eye on.
All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Nicole Henry is a young singer whose soulful sound sometimes going a little over the top and background finds her blurring the boundary lines between jazz and R&B. For this set, she is backed by a little-known but talented trio led by pianist Mike Orta. She performs ten standards and two of her originals, with "Get Here" being particularly memorable. Some of the tunes did not need to be revived once again such as "Summertime," "That Old Black Magic," and "Over the Rainbow", since they have already been performed an excessive amount of times, but in general the singer comes up with something fresh to say on each song. Nicole Henry, whose voice is pleasing and passionate, displays strong potential for the future.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/2004
  • Label: Banister Records
  • UPC: 829757279824
  • Catalog Number: 2798
  • Sales rank: 113,234

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nicole Henry Primary Artist, Vocals
Danny Burger Drums
Mike Orta Piano
Paul Shewchuk Double Bass
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
John Lennon Composer
Brenda Russell Composer
Bobby Troup Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Mike Fuller Mastering
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Ned Washington Composer
William Edwards Producer, Engineer
DuBose Heyward Composer
Ivan Zervigon Engineer
Nicole Henry Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Bart Howard Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Jazz sound

    I loved these songs, her voice and the arrangements.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome voice...

    Love the cd - her voice is amazing, but some of the songs (Cheek to Cheek, Somewhere Over the Rainbow) have been done so many times that you just don't care. That being said, though, her voice is incredibly rich and smooth, and I loved her renditions of Summertime and Get Here, with Can't Help Lovin Dat Man of Mine being another favorite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't Just Believe Me...see what the PRESS says!! She's amazing..

    "A potent voice...Henry is a jazz vocalist poised on the cusp of bigger things." - Philip Van Vleck, Billboard Magazine "She's great...dynamic, I was knocked out..." - Al DiMeola "...relaxing, sensual vocals...a must have for your CD collection. When you hear it you'll understand why Miss Henry is destined for greatness." - Al Winters-Morning Host, Clear Channel, WLVE/Miami "The best vocal recording I've heard this year" - Eric Cohen, WAER-Syracuse, Program Director "...she is one to watch...her power shines brightly throughout." - RC Mink, Dance Music Authority "Voted BEST LOCAL SOLO MUSICIAN & BEST LOCAL JAZZ ARTIST- Henry is the complete package." - New Times, Miami "She has a big future ahead of her."- Swing Journal, Japan "The listener IS her lover...a unique and stirring voice...there will hopefully be many great things that the world will hear from Nicole Henry." - Craig W. Hurst, on-line jazz reviewer "one vocalist album I actually wanted to hear all the way through!" - Will Friedwald, author of "Sinatra! The Song Is You" & "Jazz Singer" I have heard her live too- and she's THE next BIGGEST thing coming... She's already #6 for Vocal Jazz sales in Japan!! please hear for yourself!

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    Posted September 15, 2011

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