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Norman Connors - You Are My Starship (1996) [Remastered]

23-05-2015, 07:47
Jazz | Vocal Jazz | Soul | Funk | R&B | FLAC / APE

Norman Connors - You Are My Starship (1996) [Remastered]

Artist: Norman Connors
Title Of Album: You Are My Starship
Year Of Release: 1996 [1976]
Label (Catalog#): Buddha Records [49512]
Genre: Jazz, Funk, Soul, Rhythm & Blues
Quality: FLAC (tracks +.cue,log)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 34:34 min
Full Size: 243 mb

Early on, Connors didn't have the accolades bestowed on contemporaries like Billy Cobham or Tony Williams. Connors simply didn't possess their chops in the jazz idiom. But in a genre closer to R&B, and as an assembler of talent, Connors was in a league all his own. Slewfoot provided Connors all he needed to do in the "serious" vein, with tracks like "Mother of the Future." You Are My Starship has the sound of previous albums coming to fruition. The atmospheric title track represents a classic in the genre, with Michael Henderson's smooth vocals and bass playing, plus a solo on soprano sax by Gary Bartz. Connors does a masterful, slowed-down remake of the Stylistics' "Betcha By Golly Wow" with Phillis Hyman's bittersweet and romantic vocal. Hyman and Henderson duet on "We Both Need Each Other," and it shows genuine sexual chemistry between the two. Even though this was released in 1976, Connors was still having difficulties letting go of the old sound, as the Latin-styled but aimless "Just Imagine" proved. Connors put a good gloss on the often-recondite "The Creator Has a Master Plan (Peace)." You Are My Starship has some great work, and it's only one or two songs away from being truly essential.


1. We Both Need Each Other
2. Betcha By Golly Wow
3. Bubbles
4. You Are My Starship
5. Just Imagine
6. So Much Love
7. The Creator Has A Masterplan

Norman Connors - Drums, Timpani, Producer and Arrangements
Michael Henderson - Bass, Vocals
Onaje Allan Gumbs - Electric Piano, String Arp Synthesizer
Ian Underwood - String Arp Synthesizer, Mini Moog Synthesizer
Hubert Eaves III - Harpsichord, Piano
Lee Ritenour, Keith Loving- Guitar
Anthony Jackson, Larry McRae - Bass
Tom Scott - Melodica
Don Alias, Neil Clarke - Percussion, Congas
Carter Jefferson, Gary Bartz - Saxophone (Alto And Soprano)
Earl McIntyre - Trombone
Shunzo Ono - Trumpet
Art Webb - Flute
Doc Kirksey- Cello
Mary Ellen Ewing - Viola
Gayle Dixon Clay, John Blake, Noel Pointer - Violin
Mareatha Stewart, Sharon Redd, Tasha Thomas - Backing Vocals

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