Michael Brecker releases his seventh album ‘Nearness of You: The Ballad Book’ recorded with Herbie Hancock and Pat Metheny (2001)

Michael Brecker’s ‘Nearness of You: The Ballad Book’ is his seventh studio album recorded with Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny , Charlie Haden and Jack DeJohnette and released on June 19, 2001 by Verve.

Track Listing : 1.Chan’S Song (Herbie Hancock) – 05:15 . 2.Don’T Let Me Be Lonely Tonight (James Taylor) – 04:43 . 3.Nascente (Murilo Antunes, Flavio Venturini) – 06:18 . 4.Midnight Mood (Joe Zawinul) – 06:22 . 5.The Nearness Of You (Hoagy Carmichael, Ned Washington) – 04:37 . 6.Incandescence (Michael Brecker) – 05:21 . 7.Sometimes I See (Pat Metheny) – 05:26 . 8.My Ship (Kurt Weill, Ira Gershwin) – 07:10 . 9.Always (Irving Berlin) – 05:37 . 10.Seven Days (Pat Metheny) – 05:32 . 11.I Can See Your Dreams (Michael Brecker) – 03:50

Musicians : Michael Brecker – Tenor Saxophone . Pat Metheny – Guitars . Herbie Hancock – Piano . Charlie Haden – Bass . Jack Dejohnette – Drums . James Taylor – Vocal On (2 – 5)

Production : Produced By Pat Metheny, Steve Rodby . James Farber – Engineer

Recorded In December 2000.

Released On June 19, 2001 By Verve.


Time Is of the Essence, with the smoldering Nearness of You, his first all-ballad project. Brecker’s burly tone and technical prowess have made him an exhilarating saxophonist on blistering postbop and funk tunes, but even when he pares down his dazzling improvisations Brecker still proves to be an enchanting performer. […]

All About Jazz
James Taylor’s presence raises some interesting issues. His is not a jazz voice by any meansand in a way, that’s what redeems his performance on “The Nearness of You.” Cynics may lambaste his inclusion as a commercial ployand they may be partly right…. […]

And so now Brecker turns his skills toward proving himself adept at handling ballads, seeing if he can walk that fine line of mellow without falling over into the slush pile of boring. […]


Michael Brecker’s ‘Nearness of You: The Ballad Book’



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