Nearness of You: The Ballad Book

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Nearness of You: The Ballad Book
Studio album by Michael Brecker
Released June 19, 2001
Recorded December 2000
Genre Jazz
Length 60:23
Label Verve
Producer Pat Metheny, Steve Rodby
Michael Brecker chronology
Time Is of the Essence
Nearness of You: The Ballad Book
Wide Angles
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Nearness of You: The Ballad Book is the seventh studio album of saxophone player Michael Brecker. Accompanied by Herbie Hancock on piano, Pat Metheny on guitars, Charlie Haden on bass, Jack DeJohnette on drums, and a special guest appearance by James Taylor, the album was released by Verve Records on June 19, 2001.

Brecker was awarded his 8th Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo on "Chan's Song". James Taylor also won his 4th grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance on "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight".[2] With his win, he became the first American recording artist to garner a win in that category since Michael Bolton in 1992.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Chan's Song"   Herbie Hancock 5:15
2. "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight"   James Taylor 4:43
3. "Nascente"   Murilo Antunes, Flavio Venturini 6:18
4. "Midnight Mood"   Joe Zawinul 6:22
5. "The Nearness of You"   Hoagy Carmichael, Ned Washington 4:37
6. "Incandescence"   Michael Brecker 5:21
7. "Sometimes I See"   Pat Metheny 5:26
8. "My Ship"   Kurt Weill, Ira Gershwin 7:10
9. "Always"   Irving Berlin 5:37
10. "Seven Days"   Metheny 5:32
11. "I Can See Your Dreams"   Brecker 3:50



Chart (2001) Peak
Billboard Top Jazz Albums[3] 5


2001 - 44th Annual GRAMMY Awards[2]

Winner Title Category
Michael Brecker "Chan's Song" Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
James Taylor "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" Best Male Pop Vocal Performance


  1. ^ Edelstein, Paula. Michael Brecker: Nearness of You: The Ballad Book > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved September 25. 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Past Winners Search". Retrieved September 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Nearness of You: The Ballad Book - Michael Brecker > Charts & Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved September 25, 2011.