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Mike Metheny: Close Enough For Love

Leading a sometimes wild ride-from dusky straightahead jazz to wiggy, bopping romps on trumpet, flugelhorn and a self-developed trumpet-synth EVI-Mike Metheny fronts a tight, Kansas City-based ensemble on the compelling Close Enough for Love (3 Valve Music 3V-001; 56:30). Metheny’s EVI is a story in itself, providing a harmonica-reminiscent feel to contrast the jazzy samba base of “Pretty,” a bubbling, hollow quality to wig-out the straight-ahead bop of “Yes, I’ve Met Miss Jones” and a wistful tone on the waltzing, disarmingly romantic “3 for Boston.”

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