The Nearness of You (Paul Bley album)

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The Nearness of You
The Nearness of You (Paul Bley album).jpg
Studio album by Paul Bley Trio
Released 1989
Recorded November 21, 1988
Genre Jazz
Length 65:37
Label SteepleChase SCS 1246
Producer Nils Winther
Paul Bley chronology
Solo Piano
(1988)Solo Piano1988
The Nearness of You
Blues for Red
(1989)Blues for Red1989

The Nearness of You is an album of jazz standards by pianist Paul Bley recorded in Denmark in 1988 and released on the SteepleChase label.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Allmusic awarded the album 4 stars stating "This is Bley at his level jamming best. If this had been a cutting session, I'd have hated to be the horn player".[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "This Can't Be Love" (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) - 5:35
  2. "The Nearness of You" (Hoagy Carmichael, Ned Washington) - 12:54
  3. "What a Difference a Day Makes" (Stanley Adams, María Mendez Grever) - 7:28
  4. "These Foolish Things" (Harry Link, Holt Marvell, Jack Strachey) - 4:35 Bonus track on CD
  5. "Blues in the Closet" (Oscar Pettiford) - 11:30 Bonus track on CD
  6. "Lullaby of Birdland" (George Shearing, George David Weiss) - 6:20
  7. "We'll Be Together Again" (Carl Fischer, Frankie Laine) - 10:44
  8. "Take the "A" Train" (Billy Strayhorn) - 6:50



  1. ^ Paul Bley catalog, accessed June 26, 2014
  2. ^ a b Jurek, T., Allmusic Review accessed June 26, 2014