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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
This perfectly titled disc featuring many of the most indelible names in R&B and the classic quiet storm format fits in perfectly with Shanachie Records' urban jazz aesthetic, which has included many all-star tribute albums amidst the solo recordings by its diverse roster. But rather than dub this a valentine to mostly classic R&B songs with a few new tracks created in its spirit, it's actually a more personal reflection by superstar R&B/jazz drummer/producer Connors, whose vast résumé as an artist and presence behind the boards (and skins) over the years has netted him an incredible Rolodex. Like Quincy Jones crafting a loving look back at where his chosen ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
This perfectly titled disc featuring many of the most indelible names in R&B and the classic quiet storm format fits in perfectly with Shanachie Records' urban jazz aesthetic, which has included many all-star tribute albums amidst the solo recordings by its diverse roster. But rather than dub this a valentine to mostly classic R&B songs with a few new tracks created in its spirit, it's actually a more personal reflection by superstar R&B/jazz drummer/producer Connors, whose vast résumé as an artist and presence behind the boards (and skins) over the years has netted him an incredible Rolodex. Like Quincy Jones crafting a loving look back at where his chosen genre has been and where it's going, Connors oversees amazingly rendered, sweet and sensuous sessions with Peabo Bryson ("You Are My Starship"), Howard Hewett (a duet with Antoinette Manganas on her sultry ballad "Where Do We Go from Here"), singer Christopher Williams ("Used to Be"), Norman Brown (the lush instrumental "Shades of Brown"), Bobby Lyle, Ray Parker, Jr. (guitar crackling on "Rock with You"), et al. While he contributes drums and percussion on a few tracks, Connors is mostly the executive here, arranging and producing his way through the landscape of magical quiet storm soul. It's an album of mostly old hits redone in a contemporary urban groove style, finding new life in famed hits like Sade's "The Sweetest Taboo" and "Walk on By," but the real heart and soul here for Connors is the Bryson-charmed redux of "You Are My Starship," a 1976 chart-topping track he produced for Michael Henderson that became something of a genre anthem and was later sampled by LL Cool J and Snoop Dogg. Adding emotional weight to the track is a tender sax solo by Marion Meadows. There's a lot of Star Power here just as the title promises, but Connors holds it all together and keeps the egos in check with style and cool to spare.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2009
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351517128
  • Catalog Number: 5171
  • Sales rank: 91,326

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Used to Be (3:59)
  2. 2 Where Do We Go from Here (5:04)
  3. 3 The Sweetest Taboo (4:58)
  4. 4 Walk on By (4:39)
  5. 5 Rock with You - Kirk Wilson (4:59)
  6. 6 You Take My Breath Away - Danny Boy (4:30)
  7. 7 Stormin' Norman (4:59)
  8. 8 You Are My Starship - Michael Henderson (4:34)
  9. 9 Shades of Brown - Michael Brown (3:55)
  10. 10 I Waited All My Life for You - Juanita Dailey (3:51)
  11. 11 Star Power - Kirk Wilson (3:35)
  12. 12 Reach for the Sky (3:45)
  13. 13 Thinkin' - Chanj (3:40)
  14. 14 Adore (I Love You) - Lisa Numobuto (4:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Norman Connors Primary Artist, Percussion, Drums
Peabo Bryson Vocals, Guest Appearance
Howard Hewett Vocals, Guest Appearance
Bobby Lyle Keyboards, Guest Appearance
Marion Meadows Saxophone, Guest Appearance
Norman Brown Guitar, Guest Appearance
Christopher Williams Vocals, Guest Appearance
Jean Carne Background Vocals
Ray Armando Percussion, Drums
Johnny Britt Background Vocals
Jacques Burvick Keyboards
Dave Cochran Guitar
Chuck Cymone Bass, Percussion, Drums
Juanita Dailey Saxophone, Guest Appearance
Maxx Frank Keyboards
Michael Henderson Bass, Guest Appearance
Paul Jackson Jr. Guest Appearance
Herman Jackson Keyboards, Guest Appearance
Munyungo Jackson Percussion, Drums
Tony James Bass
Lisa Numobuto Saxophone, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Ray Parker Jr. Guest Appearance
Bobby Rodriguez Trumpet
Denise Stewart Background Vocals
Kevin Wyatt Bass
Kenya Hathaway Background Vocals
Morris O'Connor Guitar
Tommy Organ Guitar
Donald Tavie Keyboards, Background Vocals
Steve Baxter Trombone
Craig McCreary Guitar
Terrell Carter Saxophone, Guest Appearance
Danny Lerman Guest Appearance
Maia Background Vocals
Michael Brown Saxophone, Guest Appearance
Louis Van Taylor Saxophone
Will Wheaton Background Vocals
Shirley D. Background Vocals
Lynne Fiedmont Background Vocals
Doug McDonald Guitar
Tony Moore Percussion, Drums
Tony Garbano Bass
Cassandra Living Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Armando Colon Executive Producer
Norman Connors Arranger, Producer, Executive Producer, Art Direction, Audio Production
Chuck Cymone Programming, Producer
Maxx Frank Programming
Brian Friedman Engineer
Bruce Hawes Arranger, Producer
Michael Henderson Arranger
Herman Jackson Arranger, Programming
Duke Jones Producer
Ron McMaster Mastering
Lisa Numobuto Producer
Bob Tucker Engineer
Donn Davenport Logo
Donald Tavie Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Daniel A. Weiss Executive Producer
Orange Factory Producer
Danny Weiss Audio Production
Jason Rankins Engineer
Margaret Lee Executive Associate
Alexander B. Couture Clothing Design
Terrance Gitten Executive Producer
Denise Jordan Walker Publicity
Kevin "KP" Purnell Executive Producer
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