Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Michael Brecker - Nearness Of You: The Ballad Book (2001)


A fantastic late night album.  An all-star group playing all-star tunes:


What's not to like 'bout that?  While it's Brecker's album, Herbie Hancock steals the show - no small feat among this crew.  Grab the person and beverage of your choice and have a listen after a romantic dinner.

Allmusic gives it ★★★★½ while Down Beat gave it ★★★★. Sounds about right to me.

2 Grammy Awards:
  • Best Jazz Instrumental Solo: Michael Brecker for Chan's Song
  • Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: James Taylor for Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
Recommended pairings/shuffles:

Billboard, June 23, 2001

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart
Peak on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart: #5

Tracks:  My favorites are Chan's Song, Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight, Midnight Mood, and Always. But a great listen from track 1 through 11.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None.


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