Star Power

Star Power

by Norman Connors


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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 r�sum� 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/2009
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351517128
catalogNumber: 5171
Rank: 88450

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 Carn   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   Guest Appearance
Herman Jackson   Keyboards,Guest Appearance
Munyungo Jackson   Percussion,Drums
Tony James   Bass
Lisa Numobuto   Saxophone,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Ray Parker   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
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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