The Nearness of You

The Nearness of You

by Beegie Adair


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The Nearness of You

As part of a series of albums devoted to the work of classic pop songwriters, jazz pianist Beegie Adair turns her attention here to the "romantic songs" of Hoagy Carmichael. (It's hard to see how Johnny Mercer's lyrics to "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening" or "Small Fry" could be considered romantic, but nobody's singing on this album, anyway.) Leading a trio, Adair addresses the melodies of some very familiar tunes in the jazz realm, such as "Stardust" and "Heart and Soul," along with some less-well-known Carmichael compositions such as "Memphis in June" and "One Morning in May." Invariably, she moves into embellishments and note substitutions, but never leaves the melodies for long. Fans of extensive jazz soloing won't find much to engage them here, but this and the other albums in the series could be put in a multiple-disc CD player and serve as the soundtrack to a romantic evening.

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Release Date: 05/13/2008
Label: Green Hill
UPC: 0792755541128
catalogNumber: 55411
Rank: 14289

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful selection of music, and her harmony and originality is exciting! I'm buying more of her work and I'm sharing it with my musical friends - it makes me want to sing and dance and float - and I remember how much joy those grand songs of yesterday brought to me. I don't know how I have survived without Beegee all these years!
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