Andy Narell

Little Secrets

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Though not among Andy Narell's best albums, Little Secrets is a decent jazz/pop/R&B/world release that has more pluses than minuses. Clearly overproduced and overarranged, the album could have done without Narell's pointless overdubs -- nonetheless, he doesn't outright smother the material, and gives himself enough room to blow, stretch and improvise. The CD's most noteworthy offerings include "Don't Look Back" (which begins with an Asian feel before taking on more of an Afro-Cuban flavor), the hauntingly introspective "The Songlines" and the hypnotic "Heads or Tails."

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