Tine Bruhn: Nearness (2013)
Bruhn's assembly, all ballads, have been the vehicles of many instrumental interpretations, particularly saxophonists. Alto saxophonist Art Pepper was fond of playing the Burke/Van Heusen diamond "But Beautiful," while Dexter Gordon and Gene Ammons favored "My Foolish Heart," and Charlie Parker enjoyed reworking "Easy To Love." Bruhn's performance of the same material reveals why these were popular instrumentals. Her voice possesses the paradox of vulnerability, burnt with a certain durable texture. O'Neal's piano support is both directive and supportive. He reveals those characteristics of the best vocal accompanistsunderstated harmonic support with an inventive solo space, as exemplified by the likes of pianists Tommy Flanagan and Teddy Wilson. Dillard adds light hues to the disc.
Simple is as important as complex and is often more revealing, and Bruhn achieves both beautiful and informative simplicity on Nearness.
Track Listing: I’ll Be Seeing You; But Beautiful; Easy to Love; The Nearness of You; If I Should Lose You; My Foolish Heart; Just in Time; Never Let Me Go; All of You; Skylark.
Personnel: Tine Bruhn: vocals; Johnny O’Neal: piano; Stacy Dillard: tenor saxophone (2, 4, 5, 7).
Record Label: Self Produced