Noel Pointer

Never Lose Your Heart

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Pointer's last release found him resurfacing on a label (Shanachie) known for almost everything but fusion. This record sounds much like the ones he made in the late '70s and 1980s, except that he also does some competent vocals. These are pleasant, heavily produced and arranged tracks with minimal improvisation and limited energy and intensity. They are jazz only in the broadest sense and are not aimed at hardcore listeners or purists. If easy listening instrumental fare is up your alley, then Pointer's light solos and heavily arranged music work. Otherwise, avoid it.

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