The Nearness of You

Performers Bennie Wallace

Enja | January 27, 2004 | Compact Disc

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Personnel: Bennie Wallace (tenor saxophone); Kenny Barron (piano); Eddie Gomez (bass).
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. ~ Ken Dryden

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: January 27, 2004

Genre: Tenor Sax

Style: Jazz Instrument

Number of Discs: 0

Label Name: Enja

UPC: 063757946922

Found in: Tenor Sax

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The Nearness of You

The Nearness of You

Performers Bennie Wallace
Guest Artist(s) Eddie Gomez, Kenny Barron

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: January 27, 2004

Genre: Tenor Sax

Style: Jazz Instrument

Number of Discs: 0

Label Name: Enja

UPC: 063757946922


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Personnel: Bennie Wallace (tenor saxophone); Kenny Barron (piano); Eddie Gomez (bass).
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. ~ Ken Dryden
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