Marion Meadows

Forbidden Fruit

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On Forbidden Fruit, Marion Meadows chooses tight, infectious material and surrounds his soprano sax with slick production, towering arrangements and brisk, exotic rhythms that generally keep the listener attentive, if not consistently enthralled. His problem? He only reallly lets loose on a few cuts ("Back 2 Back," "Comin' Home To You"). The rest of the time, he plays it strictly by the book, cruising demurely rather than generating explosive spark. More tonal variety would be appreciated. Meadows is a fine player who knows how to please and enchant at will, but too often he lets himself lose his way in what is essentially a top notch producer's project.

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