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The Nearness Of You [Beegie Adair]


  • 1. Georgia on My Mind
    2. In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening
    3. Heart and Soul
    4. Skylark
    5. Ole Buttermilk Sky
    6. Stardust
    7. Ivy
    8. Nearness of You, The
    9. Small Fry
    10. Memphis in June
    11. Two Sleepy People
    12. One Morning in May
    13. I Get Along Without You Very Well
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 55411

  • Credits
    ProducerJack Jezzro
    EngineerDavid Langemann; Brendan Harkin

    Personnel: Beegie Adair (piano); Chris Brown (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Brendan Harkin.
    Liner Note Author: Will Friedwald.
    Recording information: Wildwood, Nashville, TN.
    Photographer: Russ Harrington.
    As part of a series of albums devoted to the work of classic pop songwriters, jazz pianist Beegie Adair turns her attention here to the "romantic songs" of Hoagy Carmichael. (It's hard to see how Johnny Mercer's lyrics to "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening" or "Small Fry" could be considered romantic, but nobody's singing on this album, anyway.) Leading a trio, Adair addresses the melodies of some very familiar tunes in the jazz realm, such as "Stardust" and "Heart and Soul," along with some less-well-known Carmichael compositions such as "Memphis in June" and "One Morning in May." Invariably, she moves into embellishments and note substitutions, but never leaves the melodies for long. Fans of extensive jazz soloing won't find much to engage them here, but this and the other albums in the series could be put in a multiple-disc CD player and serve as the soundtrack to a romantic evening. ~ William Ruhlmann

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