Steve Futterman
June 29, 2001 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Nearness of You: The Ballad Book

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Michael Brecker
guest performer
James Taylor
Producers
Verve
genre
Jazz

We gave it a B-

This album of ballads should have revealed the expressive wellspring behind saxophonist Brecker’s usual razzle-dazzle. Unfortunately, Pat Metheny’s airbrushed production saps any honest emotion from the all-star ensemble (which includes James Taylor on two tracks). The distressingly lightweight results don’t plead well for Brecker’s case.

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