By Steve Futterman
Updated March 17, 2020 at 02:54 AM EDT
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Nearness of You: The Ballad Book

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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.

Nearness of You: The Ballad Book

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