Easy Living

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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: 3/11/1997
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 731453073326
  • Catalog Number: 530733

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 One for Mr. C. (6:45)
  2. 2 Easy Living (5:35)
  3. 3 Saturday Afternoon (4:45)
  4. 4 River Nile (5:59)
  5. 5 Precious Love (4:17)
  6. 6 The Day We Said I Do (5:37)
  7. 7 You Go to My Head (5:10)
  8. 8 The Captain's Choice (6:09)
  9. 9 Every Time I Fall in Love (4:17)
  10. 10 Do I Dare (4:26)
  11. 11 Two Thumbs Up (6:14)
  12. 12 Remember When (6:20)
  13. 13 Star Flower (4:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Norman Connors Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, 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
James Williams Composer
Dale Atkins Arranger, Programming
Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner Composer
Juewett Bostick Arranger, Programming
Norman Connors Arranger, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Herman Jackson Arranger, Programming
Marshall "Rock" Jones Composer
Jheryl Lockhart Producer
Larry McGee Arranger
Denise Stewart Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Andy Grassi Engineer
Bob Tucker Engineer
Clarence "Satch" Satchell Composer
Carol Friedman Art Direction
Erick Labson Mastering
Eddie Miller Arranger, Programming
Bruce Walker Executive Producer
Donald Tavie Programming, Producer, Engineer
Christopher Odom Arranger, Programming
Marvin Pierce Composer
Alan Walker Arranger
William Beck Composer
Ralph Middlebrooks Composer
Jheryl Lockheart Composer
Juewett Bostic Composer
Cardell Harrington Composer
Christopher Odom Composer
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