Jazz Standards Done Just Right...
My intention was to record another collection similar to Midnight Mood, because that was (and is) such a popular CD for us. In fact, if you'll listen you can hear that the first sax line on the first song, "Over The Rainbow," is my deliberate attempt to copy the first sax line on "Misty" (from Midnight Mood). But from there it turns left, and Nearness ends up being a much livelier collection than Midnight Mood.
But that's a point in it's favor, because Nearness has a very upbeat and uplifting quality that is simultaneously invigorating and relaxing. What a great collection! From "Poinciana", "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy," and "Barbados" to "Satin Doll" and the very sexy "Europa" it keeps you moving through the last song, our medium tempo, world-infused version of "Summertime." As always, great Los Angeles musicians:
Steve Weingart - keyboards
Sanjay Divecha - guitars
Chris Sidwell - bass
Doug Mathews - drums
John Pickell - percussion
And, again as always, we had a great time recording these songs. Because it rained so hard for so long, the studio was like a haven, very toasty and comfortable. Can't you hear the raindrops in the background?
Fun, upbeat, and uplifting, Nearness will pick you up and set you down easy.
Ain't No Mountain
Dance With Me
And I Love Her
String Of Pearls
The Promise Of Spring
Around The Sun
Merry Little Christmas
Sweet Sax Christmas
What Our Fans Say...
"One of my wife’s favorite pieces is Europa - you got her in 3 notes! We bought Nearness on the spot, and have played the !#$%^&* out of it ever since." - Larry McKnight, Penn Valley, CA
"Sweet Jesus in the mornin'… boy, you can play! I don’t even know how your CD, Nearness, got into my collection but one day I found it and put it on… I was hooked. This CD STAYS on my player. Come on down here into the land of Stevie Ray Vaughn and let us hear you live. Lawd have mercy, what a gift you’ve got!" - George A., Crowley, TX