Easy Living

Easy Living

by Norman Connors
     
 

By the time Norman Connors had left both Buddha and Arista in the early '90s, he spent some time touring and reviewing his career. Easy Living, released by Motown in 1995, is a full-on entry into smooth jazz territory. While Connors still insisted on employing vocals in tunes that looked toward sophisticated nu-soul, it seems that his primary interest was in narrowing…  See more details below

Overview

By the time Norman Connors had left both Buddha and Arista in the early '90s, he spent some time touring and reviewing his career. Easy Living, released by Motown in 1995, is a full-on entry into smooth jazz territory. While Connors still insisted on employing vocals in tunes that looked toward sophisticated nu-soul, it seems that his primary interest was in narrowing down the once rainbow-wide meld of style on which he'd built his reputation as an innovator. Easy Living is a pleasant and at times engaging listen, with pristine production by the artist, violinist Jheryl Lockhart, and pianist /arranger Herman Jackson. There are guest appearances by Gary Bartz, Juewett Bostick, Gerald Albright, Bobby Lyle, Dale Atkins, Doc Powell, and many others. The opener, "One for Mr. C.," was the album's first single and does well thanks to a memorable little groove and an excellent piano solo by Lyle. It is one of those cuts that sits on the fence between what listeners think of as soul-jazz and smooth contemporary jazz, whereas the title track, which immediately follows, falls firmly into the latter category with a chorus vocal and Albright's sweet soprano saxophone. There are funkier tunes here, too, such as "Precious Love," with an excellent vocal performance by Denise Stewart, and killer urban soul in "The Day We Said I Do." But the clear winner in this stack o' tracks lies near the bottom in the slippery little jazz and light funk groover "Two Thumbs Up," with a smoking flute break by Alan Walker.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/1997
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0731453073326
catalogNumber:
530733

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Norman Connors   Primary Artist,Percussion,Cymbals,Drums,Vocals
Gerald Albright   Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Background Vocals
Gary Bartz   Alto Saxophone
Bobby Lyle   Piano,Keyboards
Dale Atkins   Bass,Keyboards
Cynthia Bass   Background Vocals
Juewett Bostick   Guitar
Brenda Lee Eager   Background Vocals
Kim Liat Edwards   Background Vocals
Doc Powell   Guitar
Herman Jackson   Piano,Keyboards
Munyungo Jackson   Percussion
Jheryl Lockhart   Violin,Vocals
Eric McCaine   Percussion
Larry McGee   Guitar,Keyboards
Della Miles   Background Vocals
Denise Stewart   Vocals,Background Vocals
Wil Wheaton   Background Vocals
Art Webb   Flute
Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington   Bass
Eddie Miller   Keyboards
Donald Tavie   Keyboards
Avis Nixon   Vocals,Background Vocals
Chris Warrior   Guitar
Christopher Odom   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Gerald Albright   Arranger,Programming
Bobby Lyle   Arranger
Ralph Sutton   Engineer
Dale Atkins   Arranger,Programming
Juewett Bostick   Arranger,Programming
Norman Connors   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Herman Jackson   Arranger,Programming
Jheryl Lockhart   Producer
Larry McGee   Arranger
Denise Stewart   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Andy Grassi   Engineer
Bob Tucker   Engineer
Carol Friedman   Art Direction
Eddie Miller   Arranger,Programming
Bruce Walker   Executive Producer
Donald Tavie   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Christopher Odom   Arranger,Programming
Alan Walker   Arranger
Jheryl Lockheart   Composer
Juewett Bostic   Composer
Cardell Harrington   Composer

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