Nearness of You: The Ballad Book

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Nearness of You: The Ballad Book
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 19, 2001
RecordedDecember 2000
ProducerPat Metheny, Steve Rodby
Michael Brecker chronology
Time Is of the Essence
Nearness of You: The Ballad Book
Wide Angles
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 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]

1."Chan's Song"Herbie Hancock5:15
2."Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight"James Taylor4:43
3."Nascente"Murilo Antunes, Flavio Venturini6:18
4."Midnight Mood"Joe Zawinul6:22
5."The Nearness of You"Hoagy Carmichael, Ned Washington4:37
6."Incandescence"Michael Brecker5:21
7."Sometimes I See"Pat Metheny5:26
8."My Ship"Kurt Weill, Ira Gershwin7:10
9."Always"Irving Berlin5:37
10."Seven Days"Metheny5:32
11."I Can See Your Dreams"Brecker3:50
Total length:58:11


Chart performance[edit]

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


2001 - 44th Annual GRAMMY Awards[2]

Year Winner Title Category
2001 Michael Brecker "Chan's Song" Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
2001 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.