Bennie Wallace: The Nearness of You


The Nearness Of You


Bennie Wallace (tenor sax)


The Nearness Of You (enja/ Justin Time 3310)

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Bennie Wallace (tenor sax), Kenny Barron (piano), Eddie Gomez (bass).

Composed by Ned Jones and Hoagy Carmichael


Recorded: Brooklyn, June 23 and 24, 2003


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Bennie Wallace owns one of the most distinctive styles in jazz. With a full sensuous tone that harks back to earlier tenorists like Ben Webster and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, and arpeggiated, leap-filled phrasing suggestive of modernist woodwinds player Eric Dolphy, Wallace is instantly recognizable. Accompanied by longtime colleague bassist Eddie Gomez and the quintessential hard bop pianist Kenny Barron, Wallace gives a quiet, reflective reading of Hoagy Carmichael’s lovely “The Nearness of You.” Barron and Gomez improvise fascinating double counterpoint behind Wallace’s opening phrases.

Reviewer: David Franklin

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