Helen Merrill – The Nearness Of You (Full Album)

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The Nearness of You is the fifth studio album by Helen Merrill. It includes performances of standards from two sessions with completely different lineups of accompanying musicians. The later session from February 21, 1958, features very notable jazz performers such as pianist Bill Evans and bassist Oscar Pettiford.

Tracks and Personnel:

Helen Merrill – vocals

A1 Bye Bye Blackbird
Double Bass – Johnny Frigo
Drums – Jerry Slosberg
Flute – Mike Simpson (5)
Guitar – Fred Rundquist
Piano – Dick Marx
2:58
A2 When The Sun Comes Out
Double Bass – Oscar Pettiford
Drums – Jo Jones
Flute – Bobby Jaspar
Guitar – George Russell (3)
Piano – Bill Evans
4:48
A3 I Remember You
Double Bass – Johnny Frigo
Drums – Jerry Slosberg
Flute – Mike Simpson (5)
Guitar – Fred Rundquist
Piano – Dick Marx
2:11
A4 Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
Double Bass – Johnny Frigo
Drums – Jerry Slosberg
Flute – Mike Simpson (5)
Guitar – Fred Rundquist
Piano – Dick Marx
3:21
A5 Dearly Beloved
Double Bass – Johnny Frigo*
Drums – Jerry Slosberg
Flute – Mike Simpson (5)
Guitar – Fred Rundquist
Piano – Dick Marx
2:07
A6 Summertime
Double Bass – Johnny Frigo
Drums – Jerry Slosberg
Flute – Mike Simpson (5)
Guitar – Fred Rundquist
Piano – Dick Marx
3:29
B1 All Of You
Double Bass – Oscar Pettiford
Drums – Jo Jones
Flute – Bobby Jaspar
Guitar – George Russell (3)
Piano – Bill Evans
3:33
B2 I See Your Face Before Me
Double Bass – Johnny Frigo
Drums – Jerry Slosberg
Flute – Mike Simpson (5)
Guitar – Fred Rundquist
Piano – Dick Marx
2:41
B3 Let Me Love You
Double Bass – Oscar Pettiford
Drums – Jo Jones
Flute – Bobby Jaspar
Guitar – George Russell (3)
Piano – Bill Evans
2:49
B4 The Nearness Of You
Double Bass – Oscar Pettiford
Drums – Jo Jones
Flute – Bobby Jaspar
Guitar – George Russell (3)
Piano – Bill Evans
4:05
B5 This Time The Dream’s On Me
Double Bass – Johnny Frigo
Drums – Jerry Slosberg
Flute – Mike Simpson (5)
Guitar – Fred Rundquist
Piano – Dick Marx
2:22
B6 Just Imagine
Double Bass – Oscar Pettiford
Drums – Jo Jones
Flute – Bobby Jaspar
Guitar – George Russell (3)
Piano – Bill Evans
3:23

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Released: 1958
Recorded: December 18 and 19, 1957 and February 21, 1958
Studio: Universal Recording Studios, Chicago and unnamed studio, New York City
Remastered: 2016
Length: 37:30
Label: EmArcy

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