Close Enough for Love

Close Enough for Love

by Mike Metheny
     
 
This is Mike Metheny's sixth release as a leader, here shepherding a quintet of fine Kansas City musicians. Several elements loft this CD above the pack: Metheny's purely beautiful flugelhorn playing, the superb tenor sax and flute work of Bill Caldwell on two tracks, and the concept of tracing the trajectory of a love from its first joy

Overview

This is Mike Metheny's sixth release as a leader, here shepherding a quintet of fine Kansas City musicians. Several elements loft this CD above the pack: Metheny's purely beautiful flugelhorn playing, the superb tenor sax and flute work of Bill Caldwell on two tracks, and the concept of tracing the trajectory of a love from its first joy (the jaunty, EVI-led bossa "Pretty" and the boppish "Yes, I've Met Miss Jones") to its cynical, satirical ending ("The Greatest Love of All," a [mercifully] brief explication by Metheny's excruciatingly funny "clarinet d'amore"). It's delicious to relax into Metheny's warm tone and clean, lyrical approach to the title tune, and that sadder-but-wiser classic, "My Foolish Heart." His flugelhorn also floats soulfully over two bossas: Lalo Schifrin's soundtrack for The Fox and his own "Ta-Ta for Now," where brother Pat Metheny blends in his signature lonesome-prairie guitar sound. Other highlights include Metheny's well-named "Attitude Blues," with great work by bassist Bob Bowman, and Metheny's atmospheric piano debut on his haunting "Union Hill." Pianist Paul Smith and drummer Todd Strait are also excellent throughout. On this CD, Mike Metheny has produced a modern song cycle: eclectic, cohesive, and very enjoyable.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/15/2001
Label:
3 VALVE MUSIC
UPC:
0615864877820
catalogNumber:
778
Rank:
265631

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mike Metheny   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Piano,Cornet,Flugelhorn,Soloist,Evi
Pat Metheny   Guitar,Soloist
Bob Bowman   Bass,Soloist
Bill Caldwell   Flute,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Todd Strait   Drums,Soloist
Paul Andrew Smith   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Paul "Scooby" Smith   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Soloist

Technical Credits

Mike Metheny   Producer
Linda Creed   Composer
Johnny Mandel   Composer
Michael Masser   Composer
Ron Ubel   Engineer
Ned Washington   Composer
Paul Williams   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Terry Teachout   Liner Notes
Keith Kavanaugh   Art Direction
Amanda Clement   Cover Photo

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