The Nearness of You (With Kenny Barron and Eddie Gomez)
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||Come Rain or Come Shine||Bennie Wallace||9:26||8,00 kr||View in iTunes|
||Willow Weep for Me||Bennie Wallace||5:08||8,00 kr||View in iTunes|
||Crazy He Calls Me||Bennie Wallace||4:19||8,00 kr||View in iTunes|
||Cocktails for Two||Bennie Wallace||3:54||8,00 kr||View in iTunes|
||Why Was I Born||Bennie Wallace||5:00||8,00 kr||View in iTunes|
||The Nearness of You||Bennie Wallace||6:00||8,00 kr||View in iTunes|
||I'm Old Fashioned||Bennie Wallace||4:43||8,00 kr||View in iTunes|
||I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face||Bennie Wallace||5:21||8,00 kr||View in iTunes|
||Some Other Spring||Bennie Wallace||4:01||8,00 kr||View in iTunes|
||Tis Autumn||Bennie Wallace||4:34||8,00 kr||View in iTunes|
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.
Born: 18 November 1946 in Chattanooga, TN
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s