Updated: Jan 25
Michael Brecker published a Ballad album in 2001, surrounded by an absolute all-star band: Pat Metheny, Jack De Johnette, Charlie Haden and Herbie Hancock.
On two songs, he invites the wonderful singer-songwriter James Taylor. For instance, on the tune, The Nearness of You.
The band plays it rather straight, almost pop-like with a slight latin tinge. I wanted to have that same feeling present here.
Though I am in no position whatsoever to play a tune played by these great musicians, I never cease to encourage myself to play it anyway. If I can't startle you with a great solo, I can at least communicate the beauty of the tune. :)
After loading it up to Youtube, I played it, just to see if the video was alright. At the end I was greeted with a warm applause: it opened a Diana Krall performance video that started with applause. I was quite pleased with the cheering crowd, even after I found out it wasn't my applause to begin with.
Harmonically, the tune is pretty straightforward, I do love the modulation from the I chord to the IV-chord as a new key center and the fact that it balances minor and major in deft ways.