Bennie Wallace: The Nearness of You
The Nearness Of You
Bennie Wallace (tenor sax)
The Nearness Of You (enja/ Justin Time 3310)
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