Kansas City-based Mike Metheny is a multi-instrumentalist who can see the entire range of a human experience. In his latest release "Close Enough To Love," Metheny brings about all the different emotions of love in a varied set of tracks that even brings in some commentary about love songs on the radio. The brother of guitarist Pat Metheny, who performs on "Ta-Ta For Now," Mike shows his versatility on his main instruments, trumpet flugelhorn and EVI, as well as his premiere on piano with the solo track "Union Hill." From the opening samba of "Pretty" through three mood ballads, Metheny shows the many expressions of love through his thoughtful playing. His backup musicians from the Kansas City area provide solid backup to Metheny's solid work.
One track of note is the final track, a cover of Whitney Houston's "The Greatest Love of All," which is the premiere of Metheny as a clarinet player. Even though it sounds like he gives the clarinet a good try and fails, it might just be a good commentary about just how bad syrupy ballads are on adult contemporary radio stations. All in all, Metheny shows the many moods of love as well as his humorous side, which is also a very important part of the experience of love.